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Job Title: Research Specialist V - Data Analyst
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Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Posted: 6/8/2022
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Community Health
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Dallas,  TX    USA
Position Description: The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Dallas seeks a highly experienced Research Specialist V to work in close collaboration and coordination with the Healthy Living research team, whose work focuses on addressing health disparities and promoting health equity through clinical and community- engaged randomized controlled trials as well as dissemination and implementation research and related projects. The individual in this position will take a lead role in evaluating community-based randomized intervention trials that target primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other modifiable risk factors among underserved populations.

The Research Specialist V will contribute to achieving the goals of the Healthy Living program and projects that are focused on health equity and health disparities; food access, food systems, food insecurity, and dietary patterns and behaviors; physical activity behaviors and intervention development; policy system and environmental change; citizen science and community-engaged research; and mHealth technologies for monitoring, assessment, and intervention implementation.

Primary responsibilities include:

Reviews, documents, and develops data structures.

Analyzes and interprets data using accepted statistical methods, including mixed models for clustered randomized trials.

Identifies (and leads applications/proposals for access when necessary) public-use data sets for use in various projects and papers Designs the statistical plan, including power and sample size calculations, for funding proposals for a variety of study designs such as randomized controlled trials, community- randomized trials, and longitudinal cohorts.

Establishes data collection system and oversees data collection activities, including programming forms and cleaning data.

Acquires, loads, and merges data from various sources to produce reports and data dashboards.

Develops and performs assessments to identify problematic data, make corrections, and eliminate causes of problems.

Describes data collection, cleaning, and analysis in clear and succinct documentation.

Documents the process of statistical approaches and techniques used in preparation and statistical analysis; provides clear and concise set of findings.

Prepares reports, presentations, and analysis as well as results sections of manuscripts, including written descriptions of methods and summarizing results in text, tabular, and graphic form.

Prepares datasets for sharing with other investigators and with the public.

Qualifications: Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Twelve years of related experience.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:

Masters or Doctorate Degree in nutrition epidemiology or related field (e.g., public health, nutrition, statistics, clinical research, and other related education and experience that enables the candidate to achieve job expectations).

Experience working with and accessing national data sets (e.g., NHANES, WHI, Framingham Heart Study, etc.).

Experience developing valid, reliable composite scoring and screening instruments (e.g., Life’s Simple 7; dietary screeners; etc.).

Ability to work highly independently and efficiently manage priorities and tasks as assigned.y

Additional Requirements:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively use personal computer to communicate; ability to effectively communicate with faculty, educators, and staff; demonstrated abilities to document and analyze data and write reports and manuscripts; detail-oriented and ability to organize tasks and prioritize work with minimal supervision; knowledge of word processing, Tableau, Qualtrics, statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, STATA and/or SAS), and database applications; knowledge and understanding of the mission and role of the Land Grant University System.

Organization Description: Texas A&M AgriLife is a diverse organization that supports healthy living for all Texans, through the research of targeted agricultural practices that yield nutritious food sources, outreach programs that train community members on growing their own food, and preservation of natural resources via eco- friendly means, all while following practices that lead to a stronger Texas economy. Overseen by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife includes the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture (IHA) is the world’s first academic institute to bring together precision nutrition, responsive agriculture, and social and behavioral research to reduce diet-related chronic disease and lower health care costs in a way that supports producers and the environment. Composed of three focus areas – Healthy Living, Responsive Agriculture, and Precision Nutrition – the IHA brings together experts across many disciplines, including agriculture; nutrition; behavioral, social and life sciences; engineering; data and computation science; and economics. Healthy Living aims to rapidly apply knowledge from research to the needs of producers and consumers, and conduct dissemination and behavioral implementation research that quickly translates findings from the other two focus areas to the community and producers.

Healthy Living research, led by IHA Associate Director, Dr. Rebecca Seguin-Fowler, focuses on the development, evaluation and dissemination of community-engaged health promotion and chronic disease prevention intervention programs that integrate individual, sociocultural, environmental, and policy/system-level factors.

Closing Date: 9/8/2022
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Contact Name: Vi Luong,  Healthy Living Program and Operations Manager
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How to Apply: Please complete the online application at: US/AgriLife_Research_External/job/Research- Specialist-V_R-046360

Additional Information: Please review the full job listing at: US/AgriLife_Research_External/job/Research- Specialist-V_R-046360

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