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IT Analyst/Programmer - 2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Sheps Ctr for Hlth Serv Res-633100

Career Area :

Information Technology

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Application Deadline:


Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)

Working Title:

IT Analyst/Programmer - 2

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Number:

20044755, 20044756

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Full Time/Part Time:

Full-Time Permanent



Hours per week:


Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Proposed Start Date:


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research seeks to improve the health of individuals, families, and populations by understanding the problems, issues, and alternatives in the design and delivery of health care services. This is accomplished through an interdisciplinary program of research, consultation, technical assistance, and training that focuses on timely and policy-relevant questions concerning the accessibility, adequacy, organization, cost, and effectiveness of health care services, and the dissemination of this information to policymakers and the general public.

Position Summary:


This position will be a SAS/analytic programmer, data manager, and analyst for health-related research projects. The person in this role will be a member of the Sheps Analytical Programming Team and will work directly with researchers, their teams, and other programmers to understand research questions and evaluate/interpret related data and statistical methods. Responsibilities will include designing and developing data management strategies for grant-funded research projects that utilize large-scale research data including Medicare, Medicaid, and private claims and other health care utilization data; working with researchers to develop analytic plans; understanding and promoting the research capabilities of secondary health data; and developing programming and analytic tools to explore data across various platforms and applications. The person in this position will primarily utilize SAS, but may also use Python, SQL, or other platforms. This person must be capable of working independently; it is imperative that this programmer be able to manage their tasks, responsibilities, and priorities autonomously.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Master’s and 1-2 years’ experience; or Bachelors and 2-4 years’ experience; or will accept a combination of related education and experience in substitution.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

* Candidates must have applied data analytics programming experience (beyond just using software-built-in statistical procedures). Programming experience must include complex data transformations and merges, use of macros or functions, and advanced SQL (including construction of complex SQL queries to subset large datasets and produce descriptive statistics).
* Candidate must have knowledge of data cleaning and validation techniques and be able to read, restructure, and transform raw data to create datasets that can be used for statistical analysis.
* Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to self-teach and adopt new techniques for a given challenge beyond formal education.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

* Experience running statistical analyses such as regression, t-tests, and confidence intervals. More advanced statistical knowledge of analyses, study design, and research methods.
* Experience with predictive modeling, text analytics and data linking.
* Advanced understanding of SAS Software.
* Skilled in large-scale data management best practices including efficient programming. techniques and knowledge of tasks that increase wall time (I/O vs CPU vs Memory intensive tasks) when handling large data. Work will involve restructuring and querying terabyte-sized datasets containing millions of records and hundreds of variables.
* Successful experience working directly with research principal investigators (PIs) and research project teams to understand project needs and timelines, and then plan, provide and manage the necessary analytic programming support.
* Analytic programming experience in health-related research including a proven ability to analyze complex problems and design solutions that fit within available technical environment. Employee should continually assess innovations and changes in a few analytic/statistical programming areas to effectively adopt new technologies that could enhance programming services.
* Successful experience working health claims data and/or large-scale health care utilization data and/or EMR data.
* Knowledge of SAS product offerings and how they can be leveraged to enhance services.
* Experience working with relational databases and SQL.
* Experience working with business analytics and data visualization tools such as those provided by Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics, R, Python, or JS packages such as D3.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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