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Head of Statistics and Data Management

Date: April 19, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Head of Clinical Research
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles):

Database Administrator

Data Processing Specialist

Location: School of Optometry and Vision Science

USG 10

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

This position is responsible for overseeing and meeting the data management and statistical requirements for all CCLR studies including supervising the Data Management Team and consulting with the CCLR research staff.

Key Accountabilities:

1. Develop statistical plan for study proposals


2.  Study data management


3.  Data analysis, reports and publications


4.  Supervise data management team


5.  Provide statistical consultation

Position Requirements


Minimum of a Master’s degree in Statistics with a solid knowledge of methods for the design and analysis of data related to clinical research.  Preference will be given to individuals with a Biostatistics degree, particularly in the area of ocular or vision-based research.


At least 3 years’ experience working as a Data Analyst in a clinical research or related environment.  Must have (proven) excellent writing and communication skills.  Supervisory experience or the initiative to assume responsibility for supervising the CCLR Data Management Team is also required.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Advanced Intermediate Microsoft Access, Statistical packages as required

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, this position works closely with the CCLR research staff, discussing information and collaborating on ideas and problems.  In his/her role as supervisor of the Data Management Team, the incumbent is also involved in dealing with, influencing and motivating employees.  Externally, the incumbent will interact with study sponsors to exchange and discuss information.

Level of Responsibility:

This position is responsible and accountable for the management of all data requirements within the CCLR.  This includes supervising the Data Management Team who will be responsible for implementing specific aspects of data management, as well as providing statistical support for all projects and providing guidance to the research staff in the statistical design and outcomes for each study.

Decision-Making Authority:

This position is responsible and accountable for determining the statistical direction of the CCLR.  The incumbent will need to understand the dynamics of analyzing vision data so that s/he can provide proper guidance to the research staff on what data needs to be gathered in order to reach the required outcomes for each study.  This will also involve knowing what statistical tests are possible and deciding on the appropriate ones for the data collected.  In addition, the incumbent will have the authority to influence the staffing needs of the Data Management Team.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

The incumbent experiences physical and sensory demands typical of a position whose main focus involves attention to detail and computer use.  It requires extensive sitting, repetitive hand/finger movements and concentrated visual tasks in addition to dealing with many distractions over the course of the day.

Working Environment:

There is minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of an administrative position required to occupy a cubical in an office shared with other individuals.  This position is contingent upon funding.