Data Analyst

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Location: University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), BC

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Staff - Non Union

Job Category

M&P - AAPS

Job Profile

AAPS Salaried - Research and Facilitation, Level B

Job Title

Data Analyst

Department

Jassem Laboratory CFDC | Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine | Faculty of Medicine

Compensation Range

$5,468.83 - $7,878.17 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date

July 16, 2021

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Aug 1, 2022

Job Summary
The UBC CDC, located at the BCCDC, is hiring a Data Analyst to support SARS-CoV-2 research, in particular vaccine breakthrough studies. Working with a team of microbiologists, senior scientists, epidemiologists, technicians and bioinformaticians, the Data Analyst supports a wide scope of analytical needs, including metadata curation, dataset optimization and maintenance, pipeline development and deployment, data integration and statistical analyses. The Data Analyst is also responsible for investigating, analyzing, proposing and implementing solutions based on best practices and novel developments. Additional responsibilities include liaising with external and internal project team members, drafting manuscripts and routine reporting to project team members and funders. The Data Analyst works as a team player, collaborating and building relationships with medical, clinical, epidemiology and scientific staff as well as with national and international collaborators. This position is grant-funded with a possibility of extension.

Organizational Status
The Genomics Analyst will report directly to the study Principal Investigators and the Senior Scientists overseeing the data and genomics analytics portion of the projects. They will work collaboratively with other research team members, including research assistants, graduate student trainees, and other research personnel.

Work Performed

  • Optimize data pipelines that integrate comprehensive metadata sources to enable regular updating of data
  • optimize, amend, and run established bioinformatic pipelines
  • Document any pipeline development methods and procedures in code using version control
  • Manage, maintain, and clean data for input for analyses; integrate genomic and metadata
  • Contribute to study design and analysis plan
  • Participate in research meetings to discuss and/or advise on study and protocol development
  • Contribute to preparation of manuscripts and grants
  • Interact with external stakeholders, partners and granting agencies; provide assistance in project coordination, data sharing and achieving project milestones
  • Ensure adherence to standards for security, access and storage and management of large health administrative datasets
  • Follows best practices for maintaining data in a secure environment
  • Carry out other duties as required

Consequence of Error/Judgement
The Genomics Analyst is required to conduct all activities in an ethical manner. All procedures or data recorded must be accurate and must accurately reflect the work performed. All activities are accountable to the PIs. As data from this effort will be made widely available to a range of data users for surveillance, epidemiological, and policy research, consequences of error could result in erroneous information with negative implications for all of these activities. Confidentiality of highly personal health information and identifiers present in datasets must be protected at all costs.

Supervision Received
The position will report to the PI and will work closely with Senior Scientists and other PIs.

Supervision Given
The Data Analyst will serve a critical role in both the research project and overall strategy of the BCCDC. The Data Analyst will be responsible for supervising other data management and research team personnel as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of three years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Statistics or Molecular Biology OR Bachelor's in Computer Science or Information Technology preferred
  • Experience with large medical/health-related data such as Epidemiology, Health Services Research, or Biostatistics is required.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft operating systems, Excel, Access, Word.
  • Experience in sequence data analysis and experience in building biological databases based on SQL.
  • Proficiency in at least one of: Python (preferred), R, Java, Perl, Shell, and other modern computer languages.
  • Experience using bioinformatic pipeline frameworks e.g. SnakeMake and NextFlow
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing and evaluating data.
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others within a team environment, to accept responsibility and to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently organize work assignments and establish priorities. Excellent time management skills. Organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills also essential.

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