Biostatistical Specialist

Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health of Ontario) - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Position Title: Biostatistical SpecialistDepartment: InformaticsDuration: 5 month contract Hours: 18.13 hours per weekLocation: 480 University AveStatus: Open Compensation Group: AMAPCEOSalary: $91,997 - $ 128,788Posting Date: February 14, 2020 Closing Date: February 28, 2020Purpose of the position: To provide expertise and advice in the field of biostatistics to support PHO’s role in research, population health assessment and surveillance, planning, and disease control activities through consultation on statistical methods, knowledge translation activities and construction of statistical tools and models and development or application of novel statistical methods for application in public health. To facilitate collaboration between the PHO and biostatistical colleagues in public health and academia.


Identifies appropriate statistical tools for use in signal detection related to public health surveillance, preparedness, and response in Ontario; 
Enhances the capacity of PHO to analyze data and generate forecasts using time-series models, spatial analysis techniques, and mixed spatial-temporal approaches; 
Works collaboratively to guide epidemiological colleagues in the optimal use of methods for study design and statistical analysis of epidemiological data; 
Provides subject matter expertise to identify and develop the infrastructure (e.g., identify software needs) and networks (e.g., with academic partners) necessary to build capacity for biostatistical capacity within PHO; 
Assembles a documentary record of biostatistical practices and resources at PHO; 
Contributes to the design and analysis of large, population-based cohort studies that are conducted by PHO and its affiliates including input on optimal approaches to sampling and measurement, and on the use of data analysis methods appropriate for multilevel data and repeated measurements; 
Conducts complex statistical analysis in collaboration with PHO scientists, epidemiologists and other subject matter experts; 
Serves as a resource on statistical issues in laboratory research and evaluation such as characterization of diagnostic test performance within the PHO diagnostic microbiology laboratory service; 
Serves as a subject matter expert and resource within PHO, local public health units and as a liaison between PHO and statisticians/modellers from partner agencies including Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, and the L'Institut national de santé publique du Québec; 
Engages in knowledge translation activities, including presentation of findings, initiatives, and relevant PHO activities at meetings and conferences, including national and international scientific meetings, and builds and maintains a network of external partners at Ontario research and educational institutions; 
Engages in improving the understanding of biostatistical methods as tools that support optimal public health decision making, through both formal and informal internal teaching and mentorship activities;
Provides subject matter expertise in the development of long-term disease control policy, and in the service of short-term outbreak control activities; 
Performs other related duties as assigned.


Masters-level degree in statistics, biostatistics or related field;
At least five years of experience of statistical and biostatistical methods and techniques