Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Research & Facilitation
Research&Facilitation, Level B
Faculty of Medicine
$63,077.00 (minimum) - $75,723.00 (midpoint) - $90,867.00 (maximum)
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"Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.
In this research position, the Research Analyst will have two primary responsibilities.
The first is to provide research facilitation and analysis for ongoing and future projects. This will largely focus on projects funded by the Ministry of Health. Projects may include evaluation of different drug policies announced by PharmaCare, monitoring of prescribing habits, and assessing adverse effects in drugs. The Research Analyst will assist in developing, conducting and interpreting of the different research projects. These activities include, but not limited to, collaborating in identifying and planning research activities; assessing feasibility and reviewing background literature; analyzing data and interpreting findings; contributing to the writing of research protocols, reports, and manuscripts; attending project meetings; and collaborating in identifying, planning, and executing knowledge translation activities. The Senior Research Analyst is responsible for the quality of research and results for the different research projects.
The second key responsibility is to participate in studies conducted by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES). The Research Analyst will contribute to planning the different studies; analyzing data and interpreting findings; and cooperate with other team members in other Canadian provinces. This may include travel within Canada to participate in the CNODES semi-annual meetings.
The Senior Research Analyst will make professional decisions and recommendations on all aspects of work, and will work with considerable latitude and independent thinking.
The Research Analyst will report directly to the Therapeutics Initiative; Pharmacoepidemiology group (PEG) co-chairs, Drs. Greg Carney and Anat Fisher.
- Dr. Colin Dormuth, Associate Professor and Lead of the BC node of the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effects Studies (CNODES)
- Clinicians, Executives, and staff of the Therapeutics Initiative
- CNODES team members
- Research project members
- Directors in the B.C. Ministry of Health concerned with Therapeutics Initiative projects and services.
- Data Access Services, B.C. Ministry of Health
- Ethics Review Boards of UBC
- UBC employees
- Professors, students, and researchers at the University of British Columbia, and other universities
Assist in planning different research projects related to adverse effects of drug use and the effects of drug policy on health services utilization and health outcomes using very large administrative databases and chart data and assisting with CNODES cohort studies, as needed.
1. Research Planning. Assists in writing research proposals; gathers, reviews, and synthesizes literature relevant to research projects; plans and conducts feasibility analysis and interpret findings; and develops and implements project work plans and timelines
2. Research Analysis. Participates in research project designing; designs and develops methodology for data assembly, analysis, and presentation; uses statistical analysis packages (Frequent use: SAS, R, and SQL, occasional use: STATA) to analyze administrative database; writes, executes, and assess quality of SAS code to support CNODES projects and Ministry of Health deliverables; documents quality assurance testing and coding methods; participates in interpreting results; and responsible for quality of research and results
3. Physician prescribing portrait feedback development, production, and evaluation. Uses SAS, SQL, and R software to produce physician prescribing portraits by patient subgroups. Work with physicians and project staff on formats for presenting results, in combination with evidence from literature, into portraits that are visually appealing to end users. Maintain a physician address database to be used by multiple TI Working Groups that tracks study participation, opt-out, and returned mail indicators.
4. Writing. Conducts review of literature, and drafts summaries incorporating feedback from team members; contributes to the writing, editing and submission of research protocols; write abstracts, summary reports, and conference submissions; write articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals;
4. Manage Communications. To maintain collaboration among the dispersed members of the research team and manage differences of opinion among members of the team, the Research Analyst develops and maintains an efficient communication system that is respectful of how busy the collaborators are.
5. Knowledge Translation and Exchange. Interacts one-to-one with users throughout the analysis, and documents queries and responses; presents research results at academic conferences and stakeholder meetings; write articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals; presents findings to the BC Ministry of Health, and CNODES semi-annual meetings; and makes decisions regarding content of manuscripts and manage the submission and review of manuscripts to scholarly journals
Infrequent travel to Montreal or other Canadian cities might be required (eg 2-4 times per year)
Participation in national meetings and conferences might be required (eg 1 / year)
The work is largely independent. Works under the supervision of Drs. Greg Carney, Anat Fisher and Colin Dormuth, who conducts analyses for both the BC Ministry of Health and CNODES observational studies, provides guidance on the databases and advice on analyses.
Junior research analysts, part-time research assistants and medical/co-op students conducting short-term projects.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
This position requires initiative and attention to detail. Errors or missteps in communication could produce friction among collaborators due to strong differences of opinion to how drug safety and effectiveness studies should be designed and implemented.
Accuracy and timeliness of tasks are critical in keeping research projects on time and on budget. Errors can lead to significant project delays
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Graduate degree in a discipline related to health policy, health services research, or statistics with successful completion of graduate-level quantitative methods courses preferred. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of three years experience in data analysis, experience in manuscript writing, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. At least three years of experience conducting scholarly research, preferably on health and health care.
Must be familiar with university research environments and manuscript writing processes. Authorship or co-authorship of scholarly publications would be an asset. The following skills and abilities are necessary to be successful in the position:
- Ability to deal with multiple tasks and priorities
- Ability to act with discretion and maintain confidentiality
- Ability to identify and implement research methods appropriate for quantitative research questions.
- Critical understanding of issues related to health and health care analysis.
- Experience with data management and programming Ability to conduct statistical analyses of health-related data and/or surveys.
- Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with professions and other team members
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.