Autobiography Jim Groeneveld
Since March 2006 I
am employed by OCS Consulting in ‘s Hertogenbosch
(Netherlands), a consultancy and resourcing company, mainly as a SAS
consultant. From there I am contracted out to clients. This gives me the
opportunity to have a look into the kitchen of many other companies during the
coming time. An important one was a market research company were I have been
involved, together with a consultant from SAS-NL, in producing many hundreds of
multi-lingual reports fully automatically (5 weeks in March and April 2006). On
From August 2003 I
have been employed at Vitatron HQ in
Before joining Vitatron I worked for the CRO Imro-Tramarko for almost 4½ years, both as a (senior) statistician and as an IT-manager. As a statistician my job was a.o. to develop statistical analysis plans from study protocols and in a later stage to perform statistical analysis for various clinical research projects of sponsors in the pharmaceutical industry. Together with colleagues of the DM department I carried out the data management (using Clintrial and SAS) in the national study on medically prescribed heroin. In order to facilitate statistical analysis I have been developing routine SAS macros for data manipulation and presentation. During that time I have been nominated as Rookie-of-the-year-1999 on the SAS internet forum SAS-L. As an IT-manager my task could be summarized best as taking care of optimal use of available and new hard- and software for the whole company. More specifically this goal was reached by managing people, maintaining the website, and validation, writing SOPs and MANuals, according to GCP, on backup and recovery, security and encryption and the like.
IKR / Crucell / MuConsult
Before that I have worked as a statistician for 1½ years in the cancer registry team in the Comprehensive Cancer Centre Rotterdam (IKR). It was there that I firstly got acquainted with SAS software. My task was to give statistical support to scientific papers being published. From that time on I occasionally additionally have been working as a free-lance statistical consultant in the field of biotechnology (Crucell/Introgene). Preceding that job I worked in traffic research as a social scientific researcher within small research company (MuConsult) for a few months. One of the main projects that I have been working on concerned people's transportation behaviour during leisure time.
My first employment after my study was with TNO (Netherlands Organization of Applied Research), where I have worked for 17 years. Initially I was appointed as a social scientific researcher / methodologist in the field of noise annoyance. I was the first statistician in one of TNO's institutes and as such I not only managed and performed my own projects, but also did the statistics part of them using SPSS, as well as that of my colleagues' projects. The work mainly concerned national and international (European) field research to support noise abatement legislation in various countries. Noise annoyance and disturbance was measured as the experience of people being exposed to industrial, traffic, and other type of undesired, noisy sounds in their living or working situation. In the meantime I got to know various other statistical software and maintained a comprehensive list and review of freely available statistical software. Occasionally I have provided courses in (statistical) software.
During my time at TNO I have developed a complete database package for data entry and revision (DAPHNE), with links (conversion) to SPSS. Furthermore I built a (Dutch) hyphenation program (KAPAF) based on fuzzy logic (probability), which was being used as a preprocessor with text processing software. Both software packages were programmed in Fortran on a mainframe computer. The last 5 years of my employment with TNO I have been working in the area of medical informatics. The aim was to develop advanced (medical) information systems under Unix. My main project has been developing a user-friendly GUI (in C) for data analysis, running a (any) statistics package in the background on a server, converting data and generating statistics command language. The statistical software in this case was EpiInfo, for which I was a beta-tester as well. During that time and later I have been developing various other data conversion software in BASIC and C as well. I used to be a postmaster in a Unix-PC network.
During my specialization as a methodologist / statistician in (social) scientific research I learned to program with the statistical software SPSS and in Fortran (on mainframe). This was part of my academic study in educational psychology (Dutch: orthopedagogiek) at the State University of Groningen. That study focuses on the methods to aid the physically and/or mentally handicapped people, in particular children with learning and behavioural disorders. Both during and after my study I have been managing fellow students with their research. Years before that I have been studying electrical engineering at the Technical University Twente in Enschede, a study which I decided not to finish at that time. I had choosen that study after finishing highschool with highest scores on mathematics because of the link to one of my hobbies.
Version date: 10 December 2010