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Job Description Summary:The GWU Department of Epidemiology is recruiting a Senior Research Associate to work in the lab of Dr. Melinda Power on projects related to cognitive aging and dementia.  This position is responsible for planning and conducting research at a high level, including identification or development of approaches to develop solutions for complex epidemiologic and statistical problems, as well as providing support for NIH grant proposals.   The Senior Research Associate will initially support an NIH-funded investigation aiming to use observational data to simulate target trials of blood pressure management or diabetes treatment for dementia prevention.  While the ultimate goal is development of a stand-alone, flexible simulation model that can be used to emulate target trials, individual projects largely focus on solving methodological challenges (e.g. ongoing projects include transporting effects from samples with different target populations, creating simulated data to overcome privacy restrictions, instrumental variable analysis of trial data, joint models for related processes, etc.). The Senior Research Associate will report to and will work closely with Dr. Melinda Power. This position has is a one-year appointment with potential for renewal pending grant funding.

The successful candidate will have a strong background and experience in epidemiologic methods; prior experience outside the classroom with at least one of the following statistical methods: inverse probability weighting, instrumental variables, multiple imputation, transportability algorithms, simulation, joint models, causal mediation models, OR a published methods-focused epidemiologic paper any methods topic of interest; interest in cognitive aging research; prior experience leading manuscripts including both conduct of statistical analysis and drafting of manuscripts; prior experience with data management and drafting data analysis plans; prior experience exploring use and limitations of new statistical techniques; and evidence of publication in reputable journals.   A commitment to research ethics; ability to communicate complex ideas clearly verbally and in writing; attention to detail; ability prioritize appropriately and meet deadlines; interest in mentoring junior lab members; ability to differentiate between decisions that need supervisor or team input and decisions that can be made independently; meticulous attention to detail; and ability to work with limited supervision to achieve objectives, is also necessary.   Responsibilities Include: Conducting epidemiologic research with limited supervision, including ability to move from understanding of the needs of an epidemiologic or statistical problem to identifying and implementing appropriate, potentially complex statistical approaches to solve these problems. Conducting research projectsContribution to the conception and design of research papers and grantsDrafting analysis plans Executing data management and statistical analysesProblem-solving around statistical and epidemiologic issuesDrafting and co-authoring manuscripts, presenting work to local, national, and international audiences.
Grant Proposal Responsibilities:Development of IRB applicationsAssistance in reviewing and maintaining legal agreements for data accessDrafting and adhering to data management plans and IRB applicationsActing as a resource for other lab members.   The position will also be responsible for other related duties as assigned, and the omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.  
Minimum Qualifications:Qualified candidates will hold a master’s degree in a related discipline and 3 years of direct experience in the field. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications:Masters in epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics or a related field.3+ years of relevant experience.Prior experience proposing, planning, leading, writing, and publishing manuscripts.Interest in contributing to grant writing.Prior experience with causal inference methods, advanced statistical methods, or methods-focused manuscript development.Programming skills in SAS, with willingness to learn R and STATA.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.Interest in cognitive aging research.Interest in working with and being a resource for other team members.Willingness to work in person on the GW campus.
Currently, the Power lab is operating on a hybrid schedule, with the option to work from home 2 days per week.  However, the candidate must be willing and able to come on campus 5 days a week if circumstances change.    
Preferred Qualifications:
Prior experience in cognitive aging research.Prior experience with NIH grant writing.Prior experience with IRB submissions and and obtaining/maintaining DUAs.Interest in health services research. 
Typical Hiring RangeCommensurate with Experience.
Campus Location:Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department:Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)
FamilyResearch and Labs
Sub-FamilyField Research
StreamIndividual Contributor
LevelLevel 2
Hours Per Week:40
Work Schedule:Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
Will this job require the employee to work on site?Yes
Employee Onsite StatusHybrid
Required Background CheckCriminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials:  1) a cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) pdf of a recent publication with a summary of the candidate’s contribution to the manuscript; 
Internal Applicants Only?
Posting Number:R001428
Job Open Date:10/07/2021
Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background ScreeningSuccessful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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