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ITC Senior Data Analyst

Date: September 26, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Director, DMC
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Jobs Reporting
Location: Main Campus

USG 11

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project) is an international collaboration of over 100 tobacco control researchers across 22 countries whose mission is to evaluate the behavioural and psychological impact of national-level tobacco control policies of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first-ever international treaty on health. The ITC Project consists of a set of parallel annual cohort surveys of large, probability samples of tobacco users and non-tobacco users in those 22 countries: Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, China, Mexico, Uruguay, France, New Zealand, India, Germany, Brazil, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Zambia and Kenya. The ISIS database consists of questions used over time in these countries, and is substantial in size and complexity.

Our funding sources include the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the US National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research UK, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research, as well as other governmental and foundation sources throughout the ITC countries.

The staff for the ITC Project at UW are currently housed in the Department of Psychology and in the Propel Centre in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.  The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact is a collaborative enterprise that conducts solution-oriented research, evaluation, and knowledge exchange, to accelerate improvements in the health of populations.

 The ITC Project at UW is directed by Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong (Department of Psychology), and the Data Management Centre (which collects and manages all data from the ITC project) is directed by Dr. Mary Thompson (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science).  Additional leadership and support is provided by other faculty members and staff, including a Research Scientist, country-specific Research Associates, Data Analysts, Computer Programmers, Survey Managers, Administrative Assistants, and Research Assistants.


The ITC Project is in the midst of significant growth. Funding for the entire ITC Project is anticipated to continue to increase significantly, with a concomitant increase in personnel. Equally important is that the international profile of our work has been increasing and will continue to increase.

Key Accountabilities:

The Senior Data Analyst works closely with Data Analysts, Research Scientists, Research Associates, Senior Managers, and Investigators to ensure the timely and accurate collection, organization, documentation, analysis, and release of data, and support for creation of academic papers and documentation related to that data.


1.  Complex Data Analysis

In consultation with the Data Management Centre Director, ITC Data Analysts, the ITC Knowledge and Translation Manager, the ITC Research Scientist and Research Associates, and the ITC Principal Investigator, provide complex data analysis for the ITC  project including the following support:


2.  Knowledge Translation

In consultation with the DMC Director, Principal Investigator, and ITC Knowledge and Translation Manager, and ITC Research Scientist, provide the following knowledge translation support:


3.  Project Consultation and Design


4.  Leadership and Teamwork

Position Requirements


PhD Degree (or working toward a PhD degree)             



Other skills and attributes:


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Intermediate Advanced SAS, STATA, SPSS, SQL

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with all data management and ITC project team members in all groups and departments, to provide consultation, guidance, and results of data analysis for research initiatives. Provides leadership and guidance to junior data analysts, ITC team members, and global country team members.

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible for developing, maintaining, and ensuring the accuracy and integrity of ITC data including . Also responsible for the results published in peer-reviewed journals including accuracy of published data and assurance of scientific integrity.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible for consulting with ITC Data Management leadership  and ITC Principal Investigator to determine best approaches to data analysis and provide insight and guidance to all project team members.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of a data analyst operating within a team-oriented and multi-project office environment. Time spent at an ergonomically appropriate work station with suitable computer equipment and accessories. There are deadline pressures and demand for thoroughness and accuracy. Extended hours and occasional travel are required.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a data analyst position. Position has leadership support for prioritization of workload within multiple projects. There are frequent opportunities for meetings and interaction with co-workers.