Researcher 4

University of Minnesota - Office of Human Resources
March 25, 2020
Twin Cities, MN
Job Type


All required qualifications must be doumented on application materials.

Required Qualifications:

Master's degree and two years of related experience or BS/BA and four years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in Public Health.

About the Job


Perform statistical analyses and suggest statistical testing procedures for research questions identified by investigators and other researchers. Conduct sample size calculations for studies. Create analytic datasets from various study components and data collection instruments to be used in analyses performed by others including researchers, statisticians, and students. Design, create, and maintain databases and data collection tools to store study data and make sure the data are clean. Create and run reports for study component, recruitment, and retention tracking and help investigators plan the duration and pace of study enrollment.

30%- Perform and suggest procedures for analyses that are requested by investigators and other researchers to examine research questions. Perform statistical analyses for researchers to use in publications. This requires knowledge of statistical software (SAS) and appropriate statistical analysis techniques. Analysis tasks include running descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing for associations between variables for studies that are in process or completed and creating randomization schedules and sample size calculations important for the design of studies. This may be for grant writing, study preparation, during data collection, or following data collection. Knowledge of research methods and study subject matter are necessary for carrying out these analyses.

20%- Write code for programs to process data from multiple sources into various types of datasets to be used for progress tracking and analysis. Create analytic datasets to be used by investigators and other researchers for manuscript writing. Data may come from REDCap databases, FileMaker databases, Actilife, DietCalc, NDSR, etc. and the raw data is often processed into analytic variables according to study specific needs. Data processing is done in SAS including writing SQL procedures, IML procedures, macros, regular expressions, hash tables, etc.

20%- Create and run monthly progress reports for study recruitment and retention. Make projections about recruitment and create study component completion reports as needed. Reporting is most often created by SAS programs to process and output condensed, timely, and visually appealing tables and graphs involving data processing, grap hing, SAS ODS etc.

15%- Create, revise, and maintain databases in FileMaker and REDCap to meet study needs for contact management, recruitment, data collection. These databases include surveys, study component tracking, lab results and measurements. Databases may be linked to other databases, include multiple related tables, contain longitudinal data. This requires knowledge of table structure, relationships, calculations, arranging layouts, scripts, and using HTML and CSS. The databases must be adaptable and easy to use by study staff and in compliance with HIPAA and IRB policies. I train staff on functionality when necessary.

15%- Write and run SAS programs to search for missing data and data outliers or errors on a regular basis. Quality assurance programs and reports are created as necessary for different studies. These errors or ambiguities are then rectified with study staff when possible.

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits:

About the Department

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health is the largest unit in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. With over 50 primary faculty, over 300 graduate students and approximately $25 million annually in sponsored research grants, the Division plays a major role in the School. The Division ( ) has a distinguished record of research and teaching. It provides a rich and collaborative environment for the investigation of cardiovascular disease and related areas, in one of the largest Academic Health Centers in the U.S. Division research includes a robust blend of observational studies (e.g., ARIC, MESA, CARDIA) and interventional investigations aimed at improving public health and engaging a multidisciplinary integration of epidemiology, biology, and behavioral science. The educational program includes majors in Epidemiology, Community Health Education, Maternal/Child Health, Public Health Nutrition, and Clinical Research. The Division offers programs leading to the MPH, MS, and PhD degrees, and has active pre- and post-doctoral training.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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