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The Research Data Analyst will be a part of the team coordinating and integrating the landmark Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, which is following nearly 12,000 youth for at least 10 years. The study is funded by and conducted collaboratively with 10 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health, with additional support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A detailed description of the study is available at www.abcdstudy.org.
Reporting to Principal Investigators (PIs), and in coordination with co-investigators and staff researchers, the incumbent will develop and manage a data curation plan for quality control of a high-dimensional dataset collected at 21 research institutions as part of the nationwide study. The incumbent will work closely with the leadership and domain experts in the consortium to develop and implement protocols, processes, and timelines for data collection, data review and correction, and preparation of the dataset for public data release. The incumbent will also work closely with investigators in the ABCD Coordinating Center (ABCD CC) and the Data Analysis and Informatics Resource Center (ABCD DAIRC) to proactively identify data issues, implement solutions, and respond to requests from the consortium to address data quality control and analysis concerns. The incumbent will use skills as a seasoned, experienced research professional with a full understanding of in-depth statistical analyses and research software programming techniques; and will demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
The position requires involvement in the scientific, administrative, and budgetary goals of the study Centers, and excellent skills communicating with interdisciplinary colleagues, reporting to stakeholder groups, and strictly adhering to timelines and milestones.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Thorough knowledge of research function. Strong experience with scientific method and research design. Experience with human subject research and following research protocols.
Thorough skills associated with statistical analysis and systems programming. Strong data analysis skills using R. Experience working with database programming in SQL.
Strong general programming skills, preferably using Matlab or Python.
Thorough skills in analysis and consultation. Demonstrated ability to interpret and understand the needs and concerns of consortium members and collaborators to generate appropriate follow-up analyses and solutions.
Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing. Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate with ABCD leadership, investigators, and research staff. Skilled in communication of data reports to non-technical researchers.
Skills in project management. Diligence, strong organizational skills, and ability to prioritize. Experience developing, maintaining, executing and coordinating moderate to complex project management plan.
Research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations. Exceptional attention to detail to independently identify and provide solutions to issues.
Ability to work in a team environment while also having strong independent work skills.
Experience designing and implementing data analysis procedures for data management applications, in large, multi-site studies.
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