Senior Epidemiologist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


BSD OBG - Lindau Lab

About the Department

The Lindau Laboratory at The University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary, team-based laboratory performing human-level observational, interventional, and health services research in the domains of social and sexual function We are interested in the ways that social and sexual function and conditions affect health and, conversely the ways that health and healthcare can positively or negative impact social and sexual functioning. The lab, funded predominantly by NIH (NIA, NIMHD, NIDDK, NHLBI, NCI) and PCORI employs about 20 full and part-time researchers and staff across disciplines including medicine, ob/gyn, epidemiology, gerontology, anthropology, public health, and data science. The lab conducts community-engaged research and routinely collaborates across disciplines, departments and with investigators at other institutions including experts in the fields of computer science, geriatrics, oncology, public health, social services administration, psychology, neuroscience, materials science, engineering, and other medical and social science fields. Our research and programmatic activities include Bionic Breast, WomanLab, Feed1st and CommunityRx. The Lab has spun out two companies: Now Pow, LLC (acquired by Unite USA, Inc. in 2021) and MAPS Corps, 501c3 (transferred to another 501c3 in 2023), both based in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL.

This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Job Summary

The job uses evidence-based practices, expert-level skills and continuous learning in data collection methods, data management, advanced inferential statistics, statistical modeling and other data analysis, data visualization and statistical programming to achieve scientific research and training aims of randomized clinical trials and other human studies conducted by the Lindau Lab.


  • Applies high-level social science (including survey data), epidemiology, health services, clinical trials research and writing skills in combination with data analysis skills to ensure timely and effective dissemination of study findings.

  • Performs significant leadership and creative role in the design, development and execution of clinical trials and other quantitative studies using observational, quasi-experimental, experimental and simulation designs as appropriate.

  • Manages and develop a team of masters-trained and more junior analysts (biostatistics, informatics, public health, MD-trained analysts) and trainees, including providing support, mentorship, and duplicating analyses.

  • Leads the writing of the study design and analytic components of proposals, manuscripts, and other dissemination materials. Prepare tables and figures for manuscripts, abstracts, and other scientific publications, contributing as author or co-author.

  • Oversees development, management, and integrity of all research databases, including maintaining and documenting source code for reproducibility of research.

  • Oversees and conduct preparation of datasets for analysis Identify appropriate statistical methods to address research hypotheses and conduct statistical analyses accordingly. Provide statistical analysis and data management for multiple NIH and other funded projects, including randomized controlled trials, longitudinal intervention studies, network studies of information- based and clinical interventions.

  • Participates in regular meetings to discuss proposed analyses, share code and analytic approaches, and discuss data and/or methodological challenges as they arise.

  • Has a deep understanding of methods to analyze complex data sets for the purpose of extracting and purposefully using applicable information. May develop and maintain infrastructure that connects data sets.

  • Guides staff or faculty members in defining the project and applies principals of data science in manipulation, statistical applications, programming, analysis and modeling.

  • Calibrates data between large and complex research and administrative datasets. Guides and may set the operational protocols for collecting and analyzing information from the University's various internal data systems as well as from external sources.

  • Designs and evaluates statistical models and reproducible data processing pipelines using expertise of best practices in machine learning and statistical inference. Provides expertise for high level or complex data-related requests and engages other IT resources as needed. Partners with other campus teams to assist faculty with data science related needs.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD in Epidemiology and/or related quantitative field such as Biostatistics, Health Economics, Medical Sociology, Health Psychology or Demography.


  • 5 or more years research experience in Biostatistics, Health Economics, Medical Sociology, Health Psychology or Demography or a related field.

  • Survey research experience, including longitudinal survey design, measure development and analysis.

  • Experience includes PhD training.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated success in development and writing of federal (especially NIH) and other funding proposals.

  • Demonstrated skills using analytic software including R, STATA or the equivalent, geospatial analytics such as ArcGIS or equivalent.

  • Social network, systems science, machine learning, predictive analytics experience a plus.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications, including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, Access, and Word.

  • Advanced, applied (real word experience not classroom) statistical skills – multivariable analysis, longitudinal analysis, mixed effects modeling, survival analysis, dyadic analysis, and randomized trial design and analysis.

  • Publications (listed as first author or lead analyst) in scientific publications in the peer review literature.

  • Ability to adhere to protocols for maintaining confidentiality of protected health information, and work with sensitive information.

  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate results from complex statistical analyses to a lay audience.

  • Flexibility, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues from diverse academic and professional backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated effective leadership skills and ability to be trained to manage new analysts or students.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to use a computer for extended periods.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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