Our research lab in Mathematical Modeling and Program Science at St. Michael’s Hospital is looking for a Biostatistician/Analyst.

Our research lab in Mathematical Modeling and Program Science at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital is looking for a Biostatistician/Analyst. Our lab develops data-driven mathematical models as experimental frameworks for the strategic design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of public health programs to control infectious disease epidemics, including HIV/STI and more recently, COVID-19. We generate new, actionable knowledge in the service of infection prevention and care at a population-level. The research program is led by Dr. Sharmistha Mishra at St. Michael’s Hospital, and works closely with investigators, community-based organizations, and public health programs. Our lab members and collaborators are passionate about making a difference with their unique skills and perspectives within a diverse team, and are working together on what they love to do.

We are recruiting for motivated biostatisticians with exceptional analytic, organizational skills to lead statistical modeling studies focused on predicting and evaluating the impact of interventions to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infections in long-term care homes and among persons experiencing homelessness. The position may involve collaboration and engagement in projects related to HIV/STI epidemics. The position involves collaborating closely with implementation scientists, epidemiologists, statisticians, transmission modelers, health economists, clinicians, infection prevention and control specialists, immunologists, virologists, public health teams, and with stakeholders and community partners. Specifically, the project involves working with surveillance, survey, cohort, spatial, serology, and intervention-specific data to lead statistical modeling and to support the parameterization of transmission models.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead statistical modeling (predictive and explanatory) studies and model validation
  • Design, develop, clean, and manage datasets of parameters and probability distributions for mathematical models
  • Prepare findings for publications, presentations, or reports (tailored to different audiences)
  • Contribute to manuscript writing and editing for peer-reviewed publications as well as scientific and stakeholder presentations
  • Support research processes (e.g., grant submission)
  • Chair and lead project-specific meetings and communication with collaborators


  • A Master's degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, Epidemiology, and/or related discipline – required
  • Must be proficient in the use of at least one statistical language (R required; additional statistical language (SAS, Stata, Python, etc.) preferred) – required
  • Exceptional analytical skills and an aptitude for accuracy, detail and problem-solving, with minimum 2 years experience in data management and statistical modeling – required
  • Prior experience in cleaning raw data, exploratory data analyses - required
  • Experience with multi-level models, survival analyses, complex survey and sampling designs, predictive and explanatory modeling – required
  • Experience with simulations and Bayesian statistics – preferred
  • Prior experience working on COVID-19 or infectious disease related research – preferred
  • Demonstrate understanding of various sources of biases in data
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Excellent written communication / documentation of code (analyses)
  • Work both independently (lead analytic projects) and as part of a team in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment
  • Motivated, self-starting, with strong time management and project coordination
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks, work accurately and effectively with deadlines

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St. Michael's Hospital, Unity Health Toronto
Closing date
February 5th, 2021
Posted on
January 4th, 2021 17:25
Last updated
January 12th, 2021 20:27