Scientist - Data Analysis

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY - Atlanta, GA (30+ days ago)3.9


Position Description:
Save lives. Fulfill yours.

At the American Cancer Society, saving lives is our mission. We achieve our mission by drawing on our humanity. Humanity made up of courage, determination, innovation, passion, empathy, and caring. These are the values that give us the advantage over cancer.

Our work is important. And so are the people doing it. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to end the pain and suffering of cancer. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled. We value our employees and nearly 2 million volunteers around the globe that have stood with us through the years, and we will not rest until the fight is won. And that day is drawing nearer.

**Final title of position is subject to candidate's qualifications**

Assists principal scientists in the Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group to conduct research on epidemiologic and behavioral aspects of cancer across the continuum: prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship. The analyst will also contribute to the team of research analysts who share in statistical modeling, program review, analysis documentation, derived variable creation, development of new study resources and support for external collaborations. In addition, the analyst will help advance the groups collective expertise in statistical programming and epidemiologic methods through independent study, internal presentations, and written memos. The position includes opportunities for learning skills relevant to behavioral science, epidemiology, and cancer control including co-lead/authorship of peer-reviewed publications.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Design and conduct epidemiologic and behavioral studies using American Cancer Society datasets (Cancer Prevention Study I/II/3, Cancer Survivor Studies, Transitions Study, and others) and public datasets using various computer resources and statistical software.
  • Generate presentations and reports for internal and external use.
  • Assist in the preparation of papers for publication in the fields of epidemiology, behavioral science, and public health, including conducting scientific literature reviews.
  • Provide statistical programming support (including statistical modeling) and database analysis for collaborative epidemiologic or behavioral studies with outside researchers, as needed.
  • Document analytic programs and data management to facilitate record-keeping and use by others.
  • Contribute to general data/biospecimen collection and management as needed.
Position Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in related field (Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Public Health, etc.) and at least one-year of programming experience in analytic work, preferably in a scientific, epidemiologic, or behavioral research environment
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Demonstrates Intramural Research Competencies:
  • Action oriented - Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Communicates effectively - Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Drives results - Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Manages complexity - Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Builds networks - Effectively builds formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.
  • Cultivates innovation - Creates new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Optimizes work processes - Knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Manages ambiguity - Operates effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
Other Skills:
  • Ability to conduct statistical analyses and interpret results using SAS and R. Ability to learn additional programming languages as needed (ex. SPSS).
  • Knowledge of survey based research methods including longitudinal and survival analysis, understanding of behavioral theory preferred but not required.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to produce high quality work independently.
  • Highly motivated with strong attention to detail and organization skills.
  • Strong quantitative skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently.
  • Exceptional teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate in a cross-functional environment.
  • Experience in electronic data management, particularly in processing of large datasets.
SPECIALIZED TRAINING OR KNOWLEDGE:
Additional analytic skills related to latent variable analysis, advanced graphics design, bioinformatics, and/or text analytics are preferred, but not required.

SPECIAL MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • Office desk work with extensive time spent typing, using a mouse, and viewing screens.
We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.