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Scientific Investigator- Fetal Care Research

at Children's Minnesota

Posted: 2/8/2018
Job Reference #: 18027046

Job Description

Position Summary

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the seventh-largest pediatric health care organization in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's Minnesota is the only hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively for children. Our mission at the MWFCC is to advance scientific knowledge through research with the ability to track the short- and long-term clinical outcomes of mothers and their babies and the ability to measure the impact of early fetal intervention. This research will have overall impact on improvement of health within the community and the children we serve.  
Job Description:
The Midwest Fetal Care Center (MWFCC) is a part of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet) an association of medical centers with proven expertise in fetal surgery and other fetal care services.  The MWFCC is actively engaged in NAFTNet data registries that are focused on complex fetal conditions.
The fetal care program brings together a team of highly trained experts in maternal-fetal medicine and pediatric care. We have 5 fetal surgeons in support of fetal procedures and open-fetal surgery.  Our center is one of only a handful of centers in the world that can provide nearly a full range of fetal interventions. Our larger fetal team consists of multi-specialists and a multi-disciplinary care team who are dedicated to advancing the field of fetal medicine and offering the highest quality care possible for patients and their families. The Fetal Program is one of the cornerstone programs of Children's Minnesota.
We currently have the opportunity to hire a PhD Career Clinical Scientific Investigator to join our fetal research team. The purpose of this position is to specifically advance clinical research across the care continuum of prenatal diagnosis through neonatal care for pregnancies with complex fetal abnormalities and conditions. This individual will join a team of scientific investigators who are focused on research within the field of Fetal Medicine. The ideal candidate will have an interest in research related to fetal medicine with an emphasis on epidemiologic and outcomes based research. The candidate will benefit from previous experience working with clinicians and will need to be comfortable working with multidisciplinary research teams, utilizing large clinical data-sets and independently writing manuscripts.
Key responsibilities
1. Conduct clinical research related to fetal medicine with goal of furthering expertise in field.
2. Develop new research concepts and submit for funding (grants, etc.)
3. Participation & supervision of research conducted by MWFCC clinicians, research team, and CHC research institute
4. Lectures/presentations at local, national, and international meetings on fetal medicine
5. National presence: participate with other programs/organizations national to promote scholarly work in Fetal Medicine.



Minimum qualifications:
  • A doctoral degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, or a related discipline
  • Ability to collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of researchers
  • Thorough knowledge of research design (observational, comparative effectiveness, pragmatic trials) and advanced statistical methods
  • Demonstrated skills in providing scientific consultation on research design and analyses for a wide range of health-related research projects
  • Demonstrated writing skills and ability to independently prepare manuscripts suitable for publication in high-impact journals
  • Working knowledge of health care organizations, policy, practice, and management
Preferred additional qualifications:
  • 2-4 years postgraduate experience as a statistician / consultant in a research setting or post doctorate position.
  • Experience with large national data-sets (i.e. Vermont-Oxford, PHIS, NAFTNET).
  • Experience with research proposal preparation, especially pertaining to methodological design, project planning/implementation, and data analysis.
  • Experience with collection of health care administrative and/or chart data.
  • Experience with a variety of statistical software packages: R, SAS, SPSS, Stata.

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