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We're Hiring: Biostatistician (consultant)

We are seeking to hire a Biostatistician (consultant) for the TOPOWA project, up to 20 hours per week (to be negotiated) for the remainder of the study period.

The TOPOWA project is a 5-year long interdisciplinary research study, funded by the NIH (2022-2026), to address the social drivers of mental illness in low-income settings. The key study question asks if vocational training and women empowerment initiatives such as entrepreneurship and vocational skills will improve mental health trajectories for women in poverty (see conceptual model below). This ongoing community study in Kampala comprises multiple modes of data collection. We include surveys, a neuroscience experiment, wearable garmins, biomarkers data, a daily diary and GIS. The prospective cohort study follows 300 women, ages 18-24, for 27 months with 10 data collection points (3 months apart). We are currently collecting baseline data. Baseline data collection will be completed this year.

Join us on this ground breaking research project that is assessing the social determinants of mental health, a first of its kind. The study is led by a strong international team. Dr. Monica Swahn, a psychiatric epidemiologist, professor and Dean, is the Principal Investigator for the study. The study investigators represent researchers at Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, Makerere University and the American College of Toxicologists. The study implementation is conducted in collaboration with our long-term partner, the Uganda Youth Development Link.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Active collaboration with TOPOWA investigators to design analyses of study data for papers and presentations.

  • Conduct statistical analyses for cross sectional and prospective cohort study designs.

  • Assist in the interpretation and writing of statistical results for manuscripts and other reports.

  • Assist in developing, writing and implementing statistical analysis plans.

  • Collaborate with TOPOWA investigators/statisticians and data manager regarding study designs and analyses.

  • Apply and implement novel analytic methods when appropriate (e.g. repeated measures, mechanistic pathways etc).

  • Participate in meetings with TOPOWA investigators.

Minimum Qualifications Required

  • Master's Degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, statistics, or related quantitative field.

  • 3 years related experience.

  • Evidence of contributing to published manuscripts as the lead statistician.

  • Excellent communication and writing skills and collaborative research experience.

  • Proficiency in conducting statistical analysis using SAS, Stata, R, and/or other statistical packages.


Please send a resume, a recently published article/manuscript, and a cover letter listing the names and contact details of three professional references and salary requirement in USD to

Please specify “Biostatistician” in the subject line. The hiring manager will only respond to qualified applicants who submit ALL requested information. Applications will be reviewed as received and candidates will be invited to virtual interviews in early November. Priority will be given to local candidates who live in Kampala, but others may also apply. Tentative in-person interviews is scheduled to begin on Nov 20th, 2023 in Kampala. The anticipated start date is January, 2024.


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