University of Alberta

Data Analyst

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Medicine, Nephrology

Competition No.  -    A100631119
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The position is for a Data Analyst for the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG), under the supervision of the KSCRG's Director, Dr. Sara Davison. The vision of the KSCRG is "to help people enjoy life while living with advanced chronic kidney disease by becoming a world leader in kidney supportive/palliative care research and clinical innovation." The KSCRG incorporates a high level of stakeholder engagement and collaboration through all research and clinical innovation activities.  Some of the current innovations and focus areas include: clinical pathway development, symptom management, prognostication and clinical trajectories, clinical decision aids, and the use of interactive technologies. The successful candidate will work independently with minimal supervision. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Contributes to the direction of the research program
    • Helps set research program objectives and strategic planning in close collaboration with the principal investigator.
    • Co-leads, educates, and oversees the complex research methodology decisions of the research program
    • Participates in brainstorming sessions for planning current and new collaborative research
    • Performs environmental scans to identify research and funding opportunities
  • Writes grant proposals and applies for funding including:
    • Research design for new/proposed research initiatives
    • Developing study protocols
  • Assists in the development and coordination of scientific collaboration with researchers within and outside the University, both nationally and internationally
    • Networks with on- and off-site scientific and technical experts/organizations
  • Develops and carries out independent research
  • Troubleshoots experimental protocol
  • Develops data creation and analytic plans
  • Develops procedures for data validation
  • Experienced in administrative data and statistical techniques
  • Leads in the statistical components of studies (both meta-analyses and clinical trials, including pragmatic clinical trials) using administrative and clinical data
  • Collaborates in the methodological design of studies
  • Develops advanced statistical elements of grant proposals and contracts:
    • Drafts and/or critically revises appropriate proposal sections e.g., creates budgets, sample size calculations, statistical methods, and study design
  • Input to manuscripts, reports, and presentations
    • Drafts and/or critically revises methodology and results sections
    • Prepares tables and graphs
    • Critically reviews conclusions and other elements of the document
    • Assist in the preparation in other aspects as required.
  • Peer review of journal articles and reports
  • Provides and/or develops workshops and seminars as required
  • Data management
    • Collaborates on the specifications of the design of the database and the data elements
    • Merges and cleans datasets
    • Provides input into additional data requirements and restrictions
    • Statistical and economic analyses
      • Designs and implements statistical procedures
      • Performs other research and administrative duties as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Clinical epidemiology with a PhD preferred; Master’s in Public Health or related field required
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ research experience
  • Palliative care experience is an asset
  • Demonstrated track record in grant securement and publications
  • Excellent working knowledge of research methodology and statistics
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills
  • Proven ability to educate, manage, supervise, and recruit scientific personnel (including provision of constructive feedback)
  • Strong facilitation, negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position is for a 1 year term, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and an annual salary range of $57,350 - $78,866. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Apply Online

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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

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.