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Biostatistics and Data Linkage Leader, Information Management & Surveillance - BC Centre for Disease Control

Biostatistics and Data Linkage Leader, Information Management & Surveillance

BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver, BC


As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


The Biostatistics and Data Linkage Leader provides statistical consultation as it relates to the design and statistical analysis of epidemiological datasets. This position is responsible for the provision of expertise and leadership in study design, including data collection, analysis and interpretation for a variety of routine and ad hoc studies and surveillance activities within BCCDC. 


What you’ll do


  • Provide statistical and data linkage consultation to the BCCDC through leadership in data linkage and participation in cross-divisional projects.
  • Lead and collaborate in planning, implementation, analysis and interpretation of analyses focusing on the epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, including the evaluation of public health programs through linkage to, and evaluation of, population health outcomes.
  • Collaborate in centre wide initiatives to link data, design and carry out analyses that address questions related to the BCCDC mandate, such as information on the epidemiology of disease and its risk factors, effectiveness and safety or programs or interventions, and related issues.  Provide training on various aspects of applied biostatistics to professionals within BCCDC and external partners. 
  • Link clinical and administrative databases and develop complex databases; develop programs and processes for data extraction, cleaning, linkage, and routine procedures; develop, validate and standardize definitions and analytic code. Manage data entry and verification, develop and apply data quality assurance procedures.  Document metadata and analytic procedures. Develop user-friendly applications, as necessary; create and manipulate datasets using SAS and R software.
  • Carry out statistical analysis according to specifications of project analysis plans; prepare and review analytic output. Generates statistical models and introduces new statistical methodologies and study designs; performs statistical analysis on dynamic study data.
  • Provide information and support to health policy decision makers, including health care cost estimates and best practices for improving health outcomes of specific populations; communicate statistical results to BCCDC personnel and external partners.
  • Respond to consulting requests requiring mathematical/statistical input/procedures. Provide statistical contributions to data mining operations, and algorithm development.  Prepare statistical methodology sections for research protocol development.


What you bring

  • A Master's degree in statistics/biostatistics
  • Five (5) years of recent related experience including progressive increases in responsibilities for complex data linkage, data management and analysis.
  • Extensive experience with data cleaning, management, and analysis using large, complex health administrative databases.
  • Excellent SAS programming skills including SQL and macro writing.
  • Familiarity with R or Stata an asset.

You also have:

  • Excellent written and presentation skills. 
  • Effective communication both verbally and in writing.
  • Self directed manner, requests feedback as required and manages multiple projects concurrently.
  • Work efficiently and effectively in a team environment. 
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.



Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Location: 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4R4

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 0830-1630
Requisition Number: # 125379E



What we do


The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC.

The BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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PHSA and BCCDC are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.



ATTN: PHSA Employees:


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