Research Statistician – American Board of Ophthalmology

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The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), the nonprofit medical specialty board responsible for certifying eye physicians and surgeons in the United States, seeks a full-time, remote-based Research Statistician to analyze assessment data, collaborate on research, and prepare reports and presentations.

This is a newly created position, plays an important non-supervisory role on the Assessment Design team, and reports to the Director of Psychometrics and Assessment.

Job Description

Title: Research Statistician, Psychometrician, or Research Data Analyst (TBD with candidate)
Location: Remote, less than 10% travel
Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Education & Experience Requirements:

Candidates with an MS, MEd, or PhD in Educational Psychology, Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Psychology, Measurement, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Applied experience and knowledge of psychometrics (including classical test theory and item response theory scoring models) and statistics (including use of statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, and WINSTEPS) is required for this position. Knowledge of and experience with reporting packages, databases (SQL Server) and programming (R, XML, JSON, or ETL frameworks) highly desired.

Data visualization tool experience or willingness to learn is desired (e.g., Tableau, Power BI, DOMO, etc.)
The ideal applicant has interest in both advanced data analysis and writing (technical reports, memos, and manuscripts) and has at least three years of relevant experience. Successful candidates will be inquisitive, self-motivated, and enjoy working with a small team. They will be skilled at reviewing data and communicating findings and the impact of those findings both in writing and via virtual or in-person oral presentations.

Position Duties:

40% Data Management and Analysis

  • Reviewing data trends related to examination performance, survey responses, volunteer/diplomate engagement, etc.
  • Assistance to staff, committee members, and board directors in development of data tables and graphs for presentations
  • Data formatting for external requests
  • Implementing data visualization tools for staff and directors

25% Assessment Scoring and Reporting

  • Scoring examinations, calculating subarea scores, calibrating items (using IRT), and preparing materials for key validation
  • Conducting equating studies
  • Development of technical summary reports for all exam administrations
  • Development of reports for external organizations (e.g., NCCA, ABMS)

25% Research and Quality Improvement

  • Collaborating on peer-reviewed research
  • Reviewing data trends and linking findings to quality improvement processes
  • Cyclical program analysis that validates activities, informs, and improves participant feedback, and helps build the value proposition for certification

10% Presentations and Education

  • Conducting presentations and educational webinars to staff and other ABO volunteers
  • Participating in continuing education courses

This position is full-time, includes individual medical/dental benefits, 401K, and has an average work week of 40 hours. Applicants must have a suitable home office and reliable internet connection to support daily business needs. Other technology and office supplies will be provided.

The ABO believes in creating a diverse work environment reflective of the patients and physicians we serve.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

To be considered for the Research Statistician position, please submit a resume or curriculum vitae to Sarah Schnabel, Director of Psychometrics and Assessment, at

About the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)

Serving the interests of eye care patients for more than 100 years, the ABO sets high standards for knowledge and skills in the practice of ophthalmology by developing assessment, learning, and improvement programs for more than 20,000 ophthalmologists practicing in the United States and around the world. The Board of Directors oversees the strategic work of the board, and 13 staff members are tasked with the day-to-day operations. The staff have worked remotely since 2018, prior to which the board office was just outside of Philadelphia, PA. The ABO team is self-described as hard working, fast-paced, and committed.