Research and Data Analyst

Job description

Job location: Charles Gilman Smith Hospital

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-05-22
Req: JR05095
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Department20139 Public Health Sciences

About the UnitPublic Health Sciences is the home in the Biological Sciences Division for the core quantitative research fields in public health: biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research. Our faculty both lead research projects in these fields and participate in interdisciplinary teams with faculty in other departments to address complex problems in health and healthcare, in our communities and around the globe. We provide training in these fields through two degree programs: a flexible doctoral program that may focus on any of our core areas and a MS degree for clinical professionals, designed to provide physicians and other doctoral-level providers with the methods to carry out rigorous research in clinical epidemiology and health services. Through our Biostatistics Laboratory we provide a collaborative service to investigators throughout the Biological Sciences Division to design studies, oversee data collection and analyze and interpret data. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by extramural funds (e.g., grant, gift, endowment) which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these extramural funds and satisfactory job performance. If the position is eliminated due to the discontinuation of extramural funding, a minimum of one pay period's written notice (2 weeks) will be given or pay in-lieu of notice.

Job FamilyResearch

Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job LevelResearch

Oversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.

P1: Performs routine assignments in the entry level to a professional job progression. Typically requires a college or university degree or the equivalent work experience that provides knowledge and exposure to fundamental theories, principles and concepts. Develops competence by performing structured work assignments. Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems. Receives instruction, guidance and direction from others.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

1) Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project., 2) Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field, 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Obtain, manage, and analyze data for several health policy projects. Examples include but are not limited to policy analysis of pre-hospital care (ambulances) and specialty hospitals like trauma centers, and the evaluation and creation of patient safety measures for nursing homes. Much of this work will involve using large claims databases.(Medicare and Medicaid) and other administrative datasets.

2) Responsible for managing, manipulating, and summarizing datasets, deriving new variables, creating datasets for new analyses, and performing statistical analyses.

3) Create code that is reproducible and for writing corresponding documentation.

4) Computing work will be done at the Center for Research Informatics with regular opportunity to interact with data scientists and biostatisticians in the Department’s Biostatistics Laboratory.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Solid command of at least one computing language/environment appropriate for data analysis (e.g. SAS, Stata, R, Python).

2) Problem-solving and analytical skills.

3) Attention to detail and organizational skills.

4) Excellent verbal and communication skills.

5) Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

6) Good understanding of statistics and particularly causal inference statistics.

7) Knowledge of Git or another version control system.

8) Knowledge of Linux/Unix operating system.

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor's degree in computer science, economics, statistics or other quantitative field.

2) Advanced degree in computer science, statistics, or discipline involving data analysis.

3) Completed coursework (either as part of their degree program or continuing education) in one or more programming languages and/or focusing explicitly on data manipulation and analysis.


1) Experience in the manipulation and/or analysis of quantitative research data.

2) Two courses or the equivalent experience in statistical analysis.

3) Experience working with Medicare and/or Medicaid claims data.

4) Experience in working with big data, including using advanced computing platforms and statistical software such as SAS, Stata, and R.

5) Experience and/or interest in health policy research.

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

3) Unofficial Transcript -provide upon request

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

Pay FrequencyBiweekly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours40

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-05-22-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-11-22-08:00

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Posted: 5/23/2019
Application Due: 6/2/2019
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