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Research Analyst (Two year, full-time contract)


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We’ve made improvements to health. As a world-leading research institute, our trusted evidence changes policy and practice…and patient lives.

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Your skills, knowledge and curiosity can change the future of health care.

Come discover your value.

Role Group: Research and Data

The ICES Research and Analysis Department is seeking a motivated and collaborative research analyst in the Chronic Disease and Pharmacotherapy (CDP) Research Program to work collaboratively with ICES researchers, applying research methodology and knowledge of epidemiology in the context of health services administrative data. The research analyst will report to the CDP research program manager, and will work as part of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) team. The ODPRN is a global leader in integrating evidence into policy-making to impact societal outcomes and improve health care system efficiency. To achieve this, the ODPRN works closely with policymakers in Ontario to provide timely, relevant and scientifically rigorous research to guide and inform their decisions. The ODPRN researchers have expertise in pharmaceutical utilization, safety, effectiveness and policy evaluation research. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the ODPRN team and principal investigators (PI); and will provide epidemiologic and analytic expertise for their projects.

Responsibilities of the position include, but may not be limited to:

  • Enhancing expertise in the use of administrative and other health data
  • Participating in the development of study design and analytical plans
  • Conducting exploratory and statistical analyses of data using software independently and/or in collaboration with team member(s) or investigators; this includes:
    • Developing SAS programs to extract and merge data from existing ICES databases according to dataset creation plans to create study cohorts following analytic guidelines and standards
    • Carrying out statistical analysis on developed study cohorts according to project analysis plans
    • Preparing and reviewing analytic output (e.g., tables and reports)
  • Assisting with the production of accurate and timely data/reports including the development of dataset creation and analytic plans; data interpretation and presentation; and the development of procedures for data validation as appropriate
  • Engaging actively with the project team to provide advice on research feasibility, design, methodology, availability of ICES data and interpretation of findings
  • Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders and partners in support of the project during team meetings, committees and expert panels
  • May contribute to writing reports (technical reports/working papers/ICES publications/web-based summaries), abstracts, poster presentations, peer-reviewed publications and other relevant deliverables, in collaboration with PIs
  • Applying general project management principles including monitoring project timelines, risks and deliverables in collaboration with other team members and liaising with other departments as required
  • May contribute to the development of a body of knowledge in support of ICES such as updating documentation
  • May contribute to other committees or activities within the department or ICES in support of the ICES business plan as required
  • Continuing to maintain and expand professional skills; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • MSc. in biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology, or related field, and a strong understanding of bio-statistical analytic techniques
  • Understanding of applied statistics analysis techniques for health research preferred
  • At least two years of experience with SAS programming (including SQL, SAS macros)
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • An aptitude for data management and research methodology
  • Creativity in developing data measures and initiative in resolving data anomalies
  • Ability to interpret results and contribute to manuscripts and other deliverables
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and ability to exercise discretion and good judgment are essential
  • Time management skills, proven ability to prioritize responsibilities and work accurately and effectively under pressure to meet deadlines is essential

The role is a two year full-time contract located at ICES Central in Toronto.

ICES offers a competitive compensation package with full benefits, and participation in a defined benefit pension plan with HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan).

Interested candidates should submit their resume, and cover letter detailing how their knowledge, skills and abilities match the scope of this position to the attention of:

Human Resources Department
Please quote job# RED-19-01

This position will be posted until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working at ICES. Due to the volume of applications received, only applicants being considered for the position will be contacted for further discussions.

ICES is committed to providing accessible employment practices, in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, and applicants are asked to make their needs known.


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