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Research Analyst, Maritime SPOR Support Unit

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 2Y9

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Req ID: 29144
Location: Central Zone, Centre for Clinical Research - QEII
Company: NSHA
Department: 60055558 RSH 892083
Type of Employment: Casual Hourly FT long-term  (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Management/Non Union Bargaining Unit - Management/ Non-Union

Posting Closing Date: 24-Jan-19

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU) encompasses many kinds of science, all of which seek to change diagnosis and treatment at the point-of-care to improve patient health outcomes in a manner consistent with Canadians' values of justice.

The MSSU Research Data Analyst leads in the design and implementation of quantitative research projects which utilize administrative health databases. The role requires a broad range of skills including program development for statistical analysis, interpreting and disseminating the results to a variety of audiences. The individual will assist in synchronizing data availability with data requirements through consultations with collaborators and data technicians. The Research Data Analyst has the ability to manage concurrent projects with shifting priorities and deadlines.
Embedded within Health Data Nova Scotia (HDNS), the MSSU Research Data Analyst provides methodological support to health researchers applying to use the health administrative databases held at HDNS. This individual liaises with clients and researchers to evaluate data requirements and facilitate access which includes providing support for external data linkage, maintaining up to date documentation on databases and active projects, and leading quality assurance analysis and related enable the completion of HDNS and MSSU research projects.


* Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred) in a related area and /or 2-5 years of experience in the field of administrative health database and patient registries required
* High level of proficiency in data analyses, including proficiency in SAS
* Proficiency in Stata, SPSS, R, VBA, SQL or equivalent an asset
* Demonstrated ability in quantitative statistical analyses
* Ability to successfully work in a multi-institutional health research methods service environment
* Ability/willingness to establish efficient, consistent and coherent standard operating procedures for data analysis contributions to research projects
* Commitment to literate coding to ensure data analysis code is documented, replicable, and transferable
* Commitment to contributing to a health services/clinical research educational agenda and to mentoring junior data analysts
* Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to work to deadlines and within budget
* Excellent communication skills including advanced written and spoken English skills
* Ability to effectively communicate data analysis methods and results to clinical and health researchers who may have limited data analysis training
* Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

* Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application.  Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.


Hours of Work

Casual, long assignment, full-time position, 75 hours bi-weekly

Beginning February 4, 2019 with an expected end date of November 30, 2019

*Dates are subject to change


Salary Information

$27.3243 - $34.1554 hourly

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs, a as a condition of employment. Additional documentations such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check 
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification 
  • Valid Rregistration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation 
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on timeliness of delivering the above.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

Only online applications are accepted.

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