Statistical Data Analyst - University of Washington Department of Biostatistics

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Req #: 100529
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Job Location: University District
Job Location Detail: U.W. Tower 
Posting Date: 10/09/2013 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Biostatistics within the UW School of Public Health has an outstanding opportunity for a Statistical Data Analyst to work on statistical analysis of large data sets with genetic applications.

The Department of Biostatistics of the University of Washington, through the Center for Biomedical Statistics and the Genetics Coordinating Center, is engaging in an increasing number of analyses of genetic data, mainly from human population samples. These data sets include whole-genome sets of single nucleotide polymorphism data from microarrays and next-generation sequencing, as well as a variety of phenotypic traits of medical importance. All of these data sets are characterized by large size and complex interaction structure. The position requires care, efficiency and resourcefulness in the management of these data, in applying new methods of statistical analyses and in interpreting results. This requires exceptional computational and statistical skills. Specific knowledge of statistical genetics is desirable, but not essential. The specific projects generating the data change from time to time but they usually address issues of human health: either the causes of human disease or the causes of response to pharmaceuticals. The projects are from academic, non-profit and industrial institutions.


Provide data analysis, programming, experimental design, interpretation and reporting of results for statistical genetics/genomics projects, both independently and in collaboration with other staff of the Genetics Coordinating Center (GCC). These responsibilities involve the following activities:

- Create, manipulate, and merge large and complex data sets.
- Work with GCC faculty and staff to develop goals and strategies for data analysis and experimental design
- Stay informed about new methods in statistical genetics and understand how to apply them appropriately
- Program statistical data analysis of large data sets efficiently using parallel computing and other resources
- Develop, package and document software for use by GCC staff and others
- Summarize and communicate results of analyses to GCC staff and clinical collaborators
- Interpret results; identify potential problems and their solutions
- Prepare results for publications, work with collaborations in writing publications and, in some cases, take the lead in writing publications.


  • MS and 4 years of experience or (preferably) PhD in a quantitative field of science where management and interpretation of large and complex data sets was undertaken, such as Statistical Genetics or Bionformatics. This training should have made extensive use of advanced computational and statistical techniques.
  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn both the biology and statistics required for analysis of projects relating to translational, genetic, or genomic research.
  • Ability to detect problems in data or analytic results and find appropriate remedies.
  • Experience in statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, R, STATA, S-Plus, SPSS) and knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn specialized software packages for the analysis of genetic and genomic data.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to translate complex genetic or medical research questions into statistical questions.
  • Ability to write clearly and prepare results for publication.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Experience in management, analysis and interpretation of large and complex scientific data sets.

Condition of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

-May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
-May be asked to travel to national meetings.

Application Process:

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