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DATA ANALYST PROGRAMMER, DUKE-MARGOLIS CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY

Requisition Number::  102539
Date:  Apr 7, 2021
Location: 

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY

Duke University:

 

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

 

Data Analyst Programmer

Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

 

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University seeks to address critical health policy challenges and deliver practical, innovative, and evidence-based solutions to improve health, health equity, and the value of health care. The interdisciplinary nature of Duke-Margolis brings together policy experts, researchers, health care professionals, and students from across Duke’s schools of medicine, nursing, law, public policy, business, and engineering, and fosters extensive relationships with stakeholders both internal and external. These relationships span foundations, private sector organizations, state and federal governments, and global entities. The Center fosters excellence, leadership, and scholarship at every level.

 

Duke-Margolis has an opening for a Data Analyst Programmer to provide data management and analysis to Center projects on varying topics, with a focus on health care delivery and payment reform at the state and national level. The individual in this role may collaborate on projects spanning a broad range of topics, including health system resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, uptake and implementation of value-based care models, and supporting states’ health care transformation efforts. This position will have access to an extensive collection of research-ready health care data that supports a wide array of research studies. This position will involve working on externally-sponsored and internal priority research projects with a team of health policy and economics experts and will have opportunities to contribute to academic papers and policy papers. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong attention to detail; excellent communications skills; ability to manage multiple concurrent research analyses; and talent, motivation and commitment for working with complex data in a team-based environment in support of the Duke-Margolis research initiatives.

 

The worksite for this position will be the Duke-Margolis offices (currently working virtually) in Durham, NC.

 

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating with staff, faculty, and sponsors on study objectives, analysis, and database planning.
  • Supporting development and documentation of analytic plans and variable definitions, which requires familiarity with CMS data dictionaries and basic statistical analysis methods.
  • Developing statistical programs (e.g. using SAS and Stata) to accomplish the research objectives for projects and assisting with database construction and management.
  • Merging and manipulating data from multiple sources including CMS public use files, Area Health Resource File, Census Data, and a variety of claims data.
  • Constructing complex variables and document the programming techniques used to generate these variables.
  • Creating descriptive results tables and simple statistics under the direction of senior research team members and, also with the direction of senior research team members, estimating statistical models.
  • Developing data visualizations to support dissemination of results.

 

Education/Experience Desired:

Applicants may be considered for the data analyst programmer role if they have the following education and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree that included course work in mathematics or computer science or a computer-related field or equivalent coursework or technical training with two-years experience OR
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (health policy, public policy, public administration, public health, health economics, etc.) with demonstrated quantitative analysis training. Master’s degree is strongly preferred.

 

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

  • Strong Base SAS or Stata skills, with experience in statistical analysis procedures within SAS and/or Stata.  
  • Experience with health or claims data is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability in SAS and/or Stata to manage large, complex, multi-level data, with experience in data cleaning and documentation in the context of large SAS or Stata datasets. Some files are very large with millions of records per file require a high level of skill at data management and sophisticated programming techniques for efficient processing of the data and associated analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability to take responsibility for the planning, management, and analysis of complex data in a data-driven project.
  • Ability to document analyses and write methods and results summaries.
  • Intellectual curiosity, strong attention to detail, ability to work with teams, and commitment to scientific integrity and high-quality research.

 

Engagements are renewable annually upon funding availability from the Center.

 

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

 

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit materials online. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position will be closed once filled.

 

Application Materials Required:

·        Cover letter

·        Curriculum Vitae

·        Three References (names and email addresses)



Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

 

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

Education

Work requires a Bachelor's degree in mathematics or computer science or a computer-related field or equivalent coursework or technical training.

 

Experience

 

Work requires two years applications programming experience with some responsibility for systems design and supervision or project coordination.  OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

 

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

 

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

 

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

 


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