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Full-Time Biostatistician for the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) Project

by DEPRESSD Team | Feb 12, 2019


Dr. Brett Thombs
Jewish General Hospital


Dr. Andrea Benedetti

McGill University Health Centre​


The DEPRESSD Project is a collaborative endeavor that was set up by Drs. Brett Thombs and Andrea Benedetti, partnered with local and international experts, to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of depression screening tools by conducting individual participant data meta-analyses (IPDMAs). To date, the DEPRESSD Project has been funded by 7 CIHR grants and includes over 250 investigators from over 45 countries with numbers growing as more data are accrued. The DEPRESSD project has accumulated large (e.g., 18,000 participants) databases for the most commonly used depression screening tools in primary care (PHQ-9), perinatal care (EPDS), hospital care (HADS) and elderly care (GDS).


The DEPRESSD Project is currently seeking a full-time Biostatistician to join the team.


The tasks of the Biostatistician will include:

  • Develop and maintain code necessary to analyze data from IPDMAs

  • Prepare reports including tables and figures

  • Participate in writing statistical analysis plans, publications and grants

  • Work within a large team of research assistants, students, and post-docs, and provide statistical support to the group


The ideal candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • A MSc or PhD in Biostatistics or Statistics

  • Familiarity and experience with mixed models

  • Excellent programming skills in R

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Research experience working with large datasets


Not required, but an asset:

  • Ability to code in SAS

  • Previous experience with meta-analysis or individual participant data meta-analysis


Salary and Duration: Salary to be negotiated based on relevant experience and training. This is a one-year position with the possibility of extension based on mutual agreement and funding.


To apply: Interested candidate should submit a letter of interest, reprints or preprints of representative published articles, a curriculum vitae, an unofficial transcript, and contact information for three references to Dr. Brett Thombs (


The position will remain open until filled.

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