Statistical Analyst

    • Job Tracking ID: 512468-786107
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 30, 2021
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Reports to: VP, STS Research Center
    • Status: Exempt
    • Level of Education: Master's degree
    • Career Level: Experienced
    • Years of Experience: Minimum 3 years' post Master's degree in data management, data analysis and statistical programming.
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Job Description:

Job Summary

Serve as a critical member of the STS Analytics team. Perform statistical programming, analysis, and data management on datasets derived from the component registries of the STS National Database. Develop and support STS National Database analytics, quality improvement and research projects, and predictive risk-adjusted model applications. Manage development of clinical sub-specialty research datasets. Provide expertise in statistical programming and analytics, advanced database querying, and quality assurance of pre-analysis datasets and post-analysis results reports.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

STS National Database and Research Analytics:

  • Work closely with other members of the STS Analytics team on the timely execution of all aspects of STS National Database harvest analytics and multiple related deliverables (i.e., database participant-level risk adjusted reports, public reporting data, umbrella reports) for the Adult Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, and Congenital Heart Surgery component databases of the STS National Database.
  • Ensure that requirements of STS National Database analytics, as well as analytics of individual STS investigators’ and other parties’ (e.g., Industry) projects are conducted accurately and delivered in a timely manner.
  • Develop statistical analysis plans (SAPs) including conferring with investigators to finalize SAPs.
  • Independently generate descriptive test statistics, analyze data requests and generate statistical modeling results. Learn new statistical methods as needed, and apply new skills to future projects.
  • Conduct analyses and prepare reports with tabulations and graphical representations using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to more complex methods.
  • Present results in written and verbal form to requestors.
  • Perform complex programming such as data transposition and macros. Combine and link multiple data sources to STS datasets and derive analysis variables accurately.

Data Management:

  • Utilize the multiple clinical specialty research databases to derive analytical datasets for STS Research Center activities and programs.
  • Develop standardized database querying and analysis reporting templates to increase efficiency and accuracy of work product.
  • Identify data management requirements for the STS Analytics team and provide recommendations.
  • Participate along with other members of the STS Analytics team throughout the specification upgrades of each of the STS National Database component registries. Ensure that the needed analytics changes (e.g., modification of code, input dataset preparation and recoding, and content of output reports) are appropriately tested and implemented.
  • Develop and maintain accurate documentation.

Data Quality and Validation:

  • Develop and implement data quality checks to confirm accuracy and completeness of analytic datasets (pre-analysis).
  • Generate quality checks on reports to confirm accuracy and completeness of aggregated results, including cohort comparisons (post-analysis).
  • Ensure that data quality activities are defined and implemented.


  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the component registries of the STS National Database, data fields, and data specifications across multiple database versions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:


Master’s degree in statistics, data science, epidemiology, or other related field (e.g., computer science, engineering, or mathematics) is required.


A minimum of 3 years post-Master’s degree of related work experience in data management, data analysis, statistical programming, and report writing is required. Familiarity with healthcare, clinical databases/registries, or medical association environment is preferred.

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent knowledge of, and experience in, statistical software (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS, Stata)
  • Proficiency in SQL database skills
  • Significant experience with large data sets using SAS or other data management platforms (transformation and merging) and statistical methods such as classification tables, descriptive summaries, linear and logistic multiple regression, mixed hierarchical models, and survival analysis
  • Able to work on any phase of a research manuscript project, from initial meeting with an investigator to final review of a manuscript prior to submission for publication, with guidance
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
    • Experience with graphical representation of data is required
    • Ability to participate in evening conference calls, as necessary
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and follow-through capabilities; attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, volunteer surgeon leaders, and other organizations; tact, diplomacy, and good judgment
  • Ability to expand technical skills and familiarity with data resources to meet STS work requirements
  • Positive attitude in the workplace
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing daily activities and schedules
  • Limited travel may be required


Energy, creativity, initiative, eagerness to learn, and professionalism required. Candidate must exemplify the STS Core Staff Values of Leadership, Quality, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Professionalism, Innovation, and Collaboration.