Senior Cardiac Biostatistician
Summary of Responsibilities
Reporting to the Distinguished Professor in Women’s Cardiovascular Health at Providence Health Care Research Institute, the Senior Cardiac Biostatistician will be responsible for the overall coordination and supervision of all statistical support for the research and academic activities of the Divisions of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Providence Health and Vancouver Acute. This position directs and is responsible for analytical and statistical services, including the planning and development of research funding applications and research projects. This position provides a leadership role in the analysis of study data and overall strategic advice regarding analytic issues. The Senior Cardiac Biostatistician will draw upon the continuous review and assessment of the national and international literature to advise on trends and emerging evidence to guide design and evaluation processes in academic research.
Scope and Complexity
The Senior Cardiac Biostatistician operates in a complex multi-site, multi-speciality, health care environment. In this role, s/he serves as a strategic member of the regional Cardiac Sciences program and participates in the development of funding applications, research projects and data analyses. This position must constantly review and understand the cardiac research initiatives of both the Divisions of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery. This role requires the ability to exercise independent judgment in reaching decisions that affect the delivery of bio-statistical data services across the Cardiac Sciences program.
The Senior Cardiac Biostatistician will be responsible for facilitating research that requires data access, including the Cardiac Services BC Registry and administrative databases held by the Ministry of Health Services. The position employs a high level of organizational, management and communication skills to ensure responsibilities are met in an effective manner. This position is responsible for matters of data stewardship as they pertain to statistical activities and ensures data linkages for the purposes of statistical analyses are covered through Information Sharing Agreements with all agencies.
The Senior Cardiac Biostatistician is responsible for teaching fellows and trainees in the formal setting of Academic Half Day, as well as informal teaching during journal club meetings and Research Rounds.
The Senior Cardiac Biostatistician consults and collaborates with the Ministry of Health, other health authorities, the health research community, public health agencies, division members, university colleagues, voluntary, and non-governmental organizations to develop and coordinate external requests for data analyses, analytic and data needs.
1. Provides leadership for the entire scope of statistical activity across the regional Cardiac Sciences program by setting priorities and delegating work activities to other members of the larger research team.
2. Provides strategic leadership to the regional Cardiac Sciences program with respect to statistical issues as they relate to funding applications, manuscript preparation, and data analysis and other issues, as they arise.
3. Holds an academic appointment and liaises with academic institutions as required.
4. Supports and performs teaching and research activities, as required. This may include providing supervision to students of all levels (including doctoral and post-doc), serving on thesis committees, participating in Academic Half Days, and providing input and expertise during Research Rounds and Journal Club meetings. This may also include academic presentations at meetings, conferences, clinical rounds, locally, nationally and internationally.
5. Maintains current knowledge of existing national and international databases and provides recommendations to ensure divisional research activities have access to appropriate data sources.
To ensure the success of this position, the Senior Cardiac Biostatistician will become part of an existing, fully functioning academic research team, located at 1190 Hornby Street. This team, the Women’s Cardiovascular Research Team, comprises one PhD epidemiologist, one MSc statistician, one research assistant, one PhD student and one post-doctoral fellow.
A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a PhD in Biostatistics, Health Services Research, or Epidemiology plus a minimum of seven (7) years recent related experience in cardiovascular research. Demonstrated expertise with large datasets is essential.
- Demonstrated knowledge of cardiac disease and interventions
- Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to utilize provincial clinical and administrative databases
- Advanced knowledge of descriptive statistics, statistical inference and statistical modeling
- Advanced knowledge of relevant database, spreadsheet, statistical and graphical presentation
- Superior analytical, problem-solving and system analysis skills including the ability to resolve complex issues and synthesize related data/information and present information in concise meaningful ways
- Ability to direct complex and customized queries and reports
- Ability to function in a self-directed manner
- Excellent ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills with a variety of people
- Excellent time management skills
- Demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to the needs of stakeholders supported by an acute awareness of the impact of actions
- Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks
Administrative Assistant to Dr. Karin Humphries
Women's Heart Health, Providence Health Care
Mailing Address St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver BC V6Z 1Y6
Office Location: Room 1181, 1190 Hornby Street
Telephone: 604 806-9676 Fax: 604 806-9678