University of Alberta

Data Analyst COVCARES-AB

Job description

NU Nursing

Competition No. -

Posting Date -
Jan 12, 2022

Closing Date -
Jan 19, 2022

Position Type -
Full Time - Grant Funded

Salary Range -
$62,877 to $87,627 per year

Grade -

Hours -

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates. Please indicate your internal status using the Advertisement drop down menu when applying.

This position is a 12-month appointment, with the possibility of extension if funding allows. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits. Please note: This position is located in Edmonton, Alberta, but work can be done remotely.

The position will be located within the principal investigator’s (PI) research project called COVCARES-AB (COVID-19 and the Care of Assisted living Residents in Alberta). The project focusses on evaluating the impact of COVID-19 and related public health measures on health outcomes, healthcare use and quality of care indicators of residents living in Designated Supportive Living (DSL) homes and long-term care (LTC) homes in Alberta. For this purpose, the project will use administrative healthcare use and clinical data of DSL and LTC residents in Alberta, link those to facility surveys collected in previous projects and conduct advanced statistical analyses.

The Data Analyst will conduct data management, analysis, and interpretation, provide trainees and investigators with data cuts if needed and give them guidance on their statistical analyses, as well as prepare presentation of findings (publications, reports, presentations). There will also be opportunity to develop leadership and project management skills, participate in grant preparation, and to collaborate with clinicians and policy makers as integrated knowledge users in the research process.


  • Prepare detailed analytic plans;
  • Prepare data for analysis (e.g. cleaning, linking, and recoding);
  • Establish/manage data files and undertake metadata documentation;
  • Analyze data using basic and advanced statistical methods such as multivariable, multilevel, and time series approaches;
  • Data visualization (e.g., generating tables, graphs, and charts) for publication and presentation;
  • Interpret and clearly communicate results verbally and in writing;
  • Write and edit methodological and statistical content for manuscripts and abstracts;
  • Assist with grant writing as necessary.


  • At minimum a Master's Degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, or a related field (PhD is an asset).
  • Familiarity with Alberta Health Services healthcare use and clinical data – especially as it pertains to DSL & LTC residents – (i.e., DAD, NACRS, PIN, RAI).
  • A background in continuing care is an asset.
  • Experience with using SAS and a variety of other statistical software, as well as, advanced multivariable and longitudinal modeling techniques.
  • A high level of proficiency in statistical analyses with large administrative health datasets.
  • Attention to detail, including thorough documentation of every step of the data analysis (including modifications of variables/data sets, analytic decisions, tests of model assumptions, etc.).
  • Proficiency not only in complex statistical modeling, but also in preparing simple and clear descriptive tables and figures – including proper labelling and legends so outputs are understandable to non-technical audiences.
  • Strong competencies in MS Office software.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated abilities as a team player.
  • Detail oriented with strong problem finding, resolution and documentation skills.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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