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#102578 Senior/Lead Research Statistician

Filing Deadline: Thu 11/21/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/13/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/21/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

For over 40 years the Schuckit Alcohol Research Lab (SARL) has been researching alcohol risk factors and developing models of how the level of response to alcohol leads to poor alcohol outcomes and how its effects are mediated by peer drinking, alcohol expectancies, and drinking to cope with stress. In 1989, the SARL has also become and continues now as one of 6 national research sites within The Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA). Most of the research in SARL and COGA is longitudinal.

The staff member will serve as a Senior/Lead Research Statistician for SARL in the Department of Psychiatry, and will use skills as a seasoned, experienced research professional with a full understanding of in-depth statistical analyses and research software programming techniques within such software as SPSS, AMOS, Mplus, SAS, and R. With minimal supervision from the PI, the Research Statistician establishes, prioritizes, and monitors project timelines and tasks related to data collection and analyses for multiple difficult and complex research projects in both the SARL and associated COGA project.

Communicates and collaborates with the SARL staff and staff from the other COGA national sites, leads database management and coordination of data from external sources, performs statistical analyses and analytic interpretation, collaborates on manuscript preparation and submission, and makes original contribution to collaborative publications and research design. The Research Statistician also plans and directs work of research assistants, other staff, and visiting scholars on creation of reports and publications (including but not limited to: statistical analyses, managing project timelines, reviewing and providing feedback on written reports, accurately measuring assessment outcomes).

The Research Statistician uses advanced knowledge and skills of research methodology, psychology and substance disorders to make significant independent contributions to the development of the overall plan of approach to research questions, to develop and execute research projects and develop original research ideas. The incumbent independently acquires and applies additional skills and knowledge of professional concepts in both clinical and research data to complete complex projects, and demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.


  • Bachelor's Degree in psychology or related area; and/or equivalent experience/training.

  • A minimum of three (3+) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Thorough skills associated with statistical analysis and systems programming. Advanced training and experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Mplus, SAS, R).

  • Expertise to translate scientific language into easily understood concepts for widespread dissemination via reports and oral presentations.

  • Thorough research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations.

  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment/outcome measurement.

  • Extensive and comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge of substance abuse and disorders.

  • Strong demonstrated ability to make original contributions to research design and publication and experience working within a research team.

  • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Strong experience independently preparing written reports, which summarize research in the areas of substance abuse and related genetics.

  • Proven record of publications and presentations demonstrating commitment to the fields of psychology/psychiatry.

  • Demonstrated extensive experience evaluating, choosing, and designing, quantitative outcome measures in the substance abuse area.

  • Success and proven ability to write major portions of scientific manuscripts applying knowledge and understanding of the science related to substance abuse.

  • Proven ability to apply expertise necessary to present clear consistent, logical scientific arguments to be at least a co-author on peer-reviewed publications.

  • Ability to work independently; proven skills to independently plan and organize research studies, troubleshoot, and analyze data from large public service systems.


Advanced theoretical knowledge of Psychology or related field, as acquired by a Master's Degree; or equivalent of education and experience and/or PhD.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • May occasionally be required to work non-standard hours.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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