Sr Epidemiologist/Sr Study Director - Omics - Remote Eligible

Rockville , MD
Sep 15, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Executive, Director
Healthcare, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat has an immediate opening for a Senior Epidemiologist/Study Director - Omics to join our team of leading researchers in supporting several types of “-omics” studies such as array- and sequence-based genome-wide association studies, and molecular epidemiologic studies focused on the metabolome and microbiome. As a Senior Epidemiologist, you will lead and support large and small epidemiology studies in transfusion medicine, cancer epidemiology and infectious diseases by integrating large-scale genotype and other genome-wide datasets with comprehensive clinical and environmental data, to examine causal associations of exposures with disease outcomes. You will collaborate and consult with networks of external investigators and internal project team members on your work designing and implementing multi-site network studies. You will provide epidemiology and data management support including developing protocols, overseeing, and conducting data management and analysis for Westat projects to support and contribute to scientific peer reviewed publications.

Job Responsibilities:
• Responsible for all stages of research projects from protocol development through data collection, analysis, and reporting.
• Integrate epidemiologic, clinical, and -omics data (genomic, metabolomic, microbiome) to inform public health action.
• Design, develop, and deploy data pipelines for GWAS data mining.
• Conduct data cleaning and analysis on complex datasets. Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present or publish results.
• Manage project budgets, developing technical, staffing, and cost proposals.
• Keep the project on schedule and within budget.
• Leadership role in business development and writing proposals.
• Supervising staff and interacting with clients.

Basic Qualifications:
• PhD with 3+ years of experience. 
• Advanced knowledge of and experience designing and conducting -omics studies. 
• Experience collecting and analyzing data -omics data 
• Experience drafting statistical analysis plans and overseeing analysis.
• Programming experience in R, SAS or comparable

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience working in a contracting environment 
• Experience managing project budgets, developing technical, staffing and cost proposals.

You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will also be a collaborator, with the Westat team and our clients.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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