FW: Position in NYC available for sociologist

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List [mailto:MEDSOC@LISTSERV.NEU.EDU] On Behalf Of Susan Bell
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:19 AM
Subject: Position in NYC available for sociologist


This position at the CVAR=
project may be of interest to sociologists with a strong knowledge of long=
itudinal data analysis & multilevel modeling. Susan Bell


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Date: June 11, 2014       =

Title:  Principal Research Associate

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: Institute for Infectious Disease Research

Project: The Community Vulnerability and Response to PWID-rel=
HIV (CVAR) & Metropolitan Trajectories of HIV Epidemics & Response=
s in US Key Populations (MetroEpi)

Location:  71 West 23rd Street, NY, NY

APPLY TO: Barbara Tempalski, PhD, MPH at

: Until position is fil=


Hours of Work=
:  7.5 Hours per day Monday-Frida=
y, between
8:30AM -6:00PM, with one hour unpaid lunch break.



The CVAR project has been =
a major intellectual contributor to our understanding of how macro-level po=
licy, social, demographic and economic forces shape the
HIV epidemic and related services among people who inject drugs (PWID) in =
the United States. This is a longitudinal study of 96 US metropolitan stati=
stical areas (MSAs) investigating the determinants of changes in: 1) number=
s PWID; 2) HIV prevalence and AIDS-related
mortality within the PWID; 3) syringe exchange, drug abuse treatment and o=
ther services; and 4) racial/ethnic and gender disparities in these indicat=


Much like CVAR, the Metrop=
olitan Trajectories of HIV Epidemics & Responses in US Key Populations =
project is a study of how epidemiologic, programmatic, and policy
factors are associated with US HIV/AIDS epidemics and whether and how prog=
rams affect one another across three key populations (KPs)—MSM, PWID,=
and heterosexuals. This longitudinal cohort study of 96 MSAs will: 1) crea=
te MSA-level annual estimates of HIV/AIDS
epidemic outcomes for each KP and KP subgroup (defined by race/ethnicity, =
age, and, for heterosexuals and PWID, gender), and of HIV/AIDS- related pro=
gram presence and coverage for these KPs and KP subgroups. It will also des=
cribe how these epidemiologic and
program variables vary across time and MSAs. Using these epidemiologic and=
programmatic estimates, it will 2) determine if and how HIV/AIDS epidemics=
in one KP affect and are affected by epidemics in other KPs, both overall =
and across KP subgroups; and 3)
discover determinants of the presence and coverage of HIV/AIDS-related pro=
gram presence and coverage for each KP and KP subgroup.



Assist at creating MSA-level annual estima=
tes of key variables for each KP and KP subgroup (defined by race/ethnicity=
, age, and, for heterosexuals and PWID, gender) using
a variety of standard regression-based techniques.

Conduct analyses including longitudinal da=
ta analysis, multilevel modeling, as well as standard regression-based meth=

Formulation of research questions, hypothe=
ses, theories, or models for empirical testing using existing data sets.

Study assesses MSA-level dynamics and ofte=
n relies on aggregated county-level data or on other population-level data =
that must be aggregated and analyzed. Essential data tasks

Identify secondary data from sources like =
the US Census, the Centers for Disease Control, and other sources of econom=
ic, social, political, criminal justice, and population-level
health data.

Integrate data collected at various levels=
of analysis into datasets at the MSA-level.

Process and integrate diverse data and thi=
nkcreatively about new sources of potential data.


Must be cognizant of changes in data colle=
ction as well as MSA-level boundaries over time and how these may affect th=
e data.

Quality control: Analyze data quality and =
integrity using SAS including running basic statistics. Identify data quali=
ty problems and potential problems. Solve these problems.

Update and maintain project meta-data file=
s. These documents track and describe the characteristics of the data, stag=
es of data processing, and variable definitions.

Communicate with project team concerning d=
ata-related issues.

Write and contribute to:

Scientific papers

Professional presentations

Grant proposals

Project reports

Perform other related tasks as required



Education/Experience: A do=
ctorate in sociology, geography, population studies, or other social scienc=
e OR in a health related discipline, plus one year+ of relevant
experience working with large secondary data sets and advanced statistics;=
or ABD and three years of relevant experience; or a masters degree and fiv=
e years of combined experience in data management/data processing.

Proficiency in statistical=
software and programming language such as SAS and SPSS. Experience with R =
is a plus.


Other Qualifications:&n=

A strong statistical background is essenti=
al for this position.

Ability to think about health-related issu=
es at the metropolitan area level of analysis.

Knowledge and/or interest in HIV/AIDS epid=
emiology, key populations, and health services research.

Working knowledge of geographic entities r=
elating to metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas as defined by th=
e U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Working knowledge of national datasets rel=
ated to HIV and/or drug use research (US Census Housing and Population data=
, CDC AIDS case and HIV Counseling and Testing Services
data, Treatment Episode Data Set, Uniform Crime Reports).

Willingness to take responsibility in a te=
am context, and learn new skills.

Ability to oversee a complex dataset with =
careful attention to detail and data quality.

Ability to effectively communicate both or=
ally and in writing about data and analysis issues.




Susan E. Bell
Professor of Sociology
A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences
Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Bowdoin College
7000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8470
Phone: 207-725-3292
Fax:     207-725-3023
E-mail:  sbell@bowdoin.edu
Webpage: http://www.bow=

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