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Rick Hansen Institute

Data Analyst

Translational Research – Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Translational Research
Employment Type Full-Time


The Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury research and care. By facilitating an international network of researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, people with SCI and their supporters, we strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world. The Rick Hansen Institute is proudly accredited by Imagine Canada.

We are seeking a self-motivated individual to work as a key member of the Data Services Group. The Data Analyst, reporting to the Manager, Data Services Group, will assist with data transformation and descriptive analyses using data from the Rick Hansen SCI Registry (RHSCIR) along with other data sources. If you have a background in SAS or SQL programming and clinical data management, and have the ability to maintain accuracy and pay attention to detail, we encourage you to apply. 

Job Accountabilities

  • Support the Data Services Group, Research Team and other stakeholders with programming and data analysis for the Statisticians, Data Manager, Clinicians, Project Managers and Research Associates, with a primary focus on RHSCIR;
  • Create analysis data sets, which involves building data sets based on required data elements to facilitate efficient and thorough statistical analysis in research projects;
  • Link and integrate data in different formats from a variety of data sources (both internal and external to RHI);
  • Participate in quality control and quality assurance activities as related to data management and analysis;
  • Generate standard and customized reports for use in internal and external reviews of data;
  • Conduct data reviews, data quality assessments, and data analyses using databases, spreadsheets, and statistical software;
  • Assist with data management / data migration tasks where necessary;
  • Assist with collection and maintenance of comprehensive data dictionaries;
  • Provide advice regarding appropriate data formatting to the internal research and clinical operations group and external partners on an ad hoc basis;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge about programming techniques; health services and population health research; and other relevant information to our stakeholders as required;
  • Participate on RHI project teams;
  • Work collaboratively with other RHI team members ensuring timely notification of issues or problems, and maintaining professionalism in collecting feedback both from internal and external project team members;
  • Work with members of the national SCI research community and international academic and healthcare organizations to ensure data collected by RHSCIR and RHI is utilized to its full extent to identify, validate and translate best practices in the care and treatment of persons with SCI;
  • Perform other duties as related to the qualifications and requirements of the job.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (Computer science, Statistics, Epidemiology preferred).
  • Minimum of two years of experience in research programming/analysis or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • One year of experience in the manipulation and analysis of statistical data from administrative health or research databases.
  • Strong computing skills (SAS would be an advantage), including ability to manage data and to produce ad hoc reports using SAS BASE, ODS, MACRO, GRAPH, IML, EG and to use SAS STAT procedures. The ideal candidate will also have experience with SQL.
  • Knowledge of other programming languages (e.g., Python, C++, Visual Basic) and/or statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, Stata, S-Plus, R) is helpful.
  • Experience in health services research, health administration, epidemiology or similar field with equivalent skills and experience is preferred.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects/tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse community of stakeholders.


Interested and qualified candidates can apply here by December 26, 2018. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information on the Rick Hansen Institute, please visit our website at www.rickhanseninstitute.org.

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    Translational Research
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