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Job Req ID:  10986

Sr. Research Data Analyst

Working Title: Methodologist  
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD 
Starting Salary Range: $50,956-$70,095; commensurate with experience 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30-5pm 
Employee subgroup: Salaried Exmpt 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General summary/purpose:

The Methodologist is a professional role and does not involve laboratory work.  S/he will work with the Cochrane Eyes and Vision (CEV) US Project. S/he will provide methodological support for the production of systematic reviews of interventions to prevent and treat eye disease and visual impairment and coordinating the activities of CEV systematic reviews conducted by US-based ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other vision researchers.

S/he will assist with key tasks in the systematic review process such as refining research questions, identifying and assessing relevant research studies for eligibility, critically appraising primary studies for bias, developing data collection forms, extracting/entering data, performing qualitative and quantitative synthesis (meta-analyses) of primary studies, and preparing manuscripts for publication in The Cochrane Library.

This Methodologist will serve as a technical expert and provide regular consultation to more than 50 US-based eye care clinicians and vision researchers conducting reviews. S/he will work closely with the Project Director, Principal Investigator, and additional CEV staff in the United Kingdom to resolve methodological and statistical issues and to ensure that reviews conducted by US-based researchers are of the highest quality. S/he will assist with the development and preparation of training materials and actively participate in workshops on evidence-based healthcare and systematic review preparation. Other duties include participation in methodological research conducted by CEV faculty, providing support to staff by identifying unpublished clinical trials, assisting with reports to the funding agency, participating in journal clubs, organizing conference calls and staff meetings, and performing other tasks as assigned.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Discuss methodologic details (including biostatistics) of the systematic reviews with authors, including doctors and other health professionals
  • Carry out systematic review process such as refining research questions,
  • Identify and assess relevant research studies for eligibility for the review,
  • Critically appraise primary studies for the risk of bias,
  • Develop data collection forms,
  • Extract/enter data into Cochrane and other software,
  • Perform qualitative and biostatistical synthesis (“meta-analyses”) of primary studies,
  • Respond to comments from peer reviewers and editors,
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication,
  • Prepare systematic reviews for publication,
  • Serve as a co-author on selected reviews and other manuscripts,
  • Prepare summary dissemination  materials of reviews, for example a PowerPoint slide set,
  • Assist with the development and preparation of training materials,
  • Actively participate in workshops on evidence-based healthcare ,
  • Participate in methodological research conducted by CEV faculty,
  • Participate in and make presentations of research at specialist conferences.


Minimum qualifications:

Master's degree in epidemiology or other health related field with one (1) year of experience related to the preparation and interpretation of systematic reviews, data management, and quality control procedures is required. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability on significant graduate project or additional doctoral education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Preferred qualifications:

Require highly specialized advanced knowledge, education and/or training in a specialized field of study to conduct research.

Ability to produce and deliver effective presentations to a diverse audience is a must. Must possess knowledge of medical science and epidemiology. Experience in eyes and vision research a plus. Computer-related skills and familiarity with a variety of software applications including word processing, graphing, statistical, presentation and reference management software an absolute requirement. Keen attention to detail and excellent time and project management skills to handle multiple priorities and concurrent projects is required for this position. Must possess the ability to work independently and exercise initiative and independent judgment.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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