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Research Programmer, Children's Data Network

Children's Da Los Angeles, California

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is seeking a full-time Research Programmer who will assume unique responsibilities for database maintenance and data management, while also collaborating on statistical analyses. This Research Programmer will be a core member of the Children’s Data Network (http://cdn.usc.edu), a university, agency, and community collaborative focused on the linkage, management, and analysis of administrative data to inform programs and policies for young children and their families.

The CDN Research Programmer will:

  • Understand the structure of database component tables (e.g., person records, person period records, family-child records, family-child-period records) and understand how to model table relationships as required for merging, table joins and other database operations.
  • Assume responsibility for SQL tasks, including the preparation of raw data extracts received from agency partners for record linkage (e.g., coding, cleaning, standardizing).
  • Partner in the customization of probabilistic record linkage algorithms for managing unique client records originating in distinct administrative databases. Assess adequacy of record linkage and reconciliation (e.g., identifying conflicting information between databases).
  • Manage the preparation of analytic files for researchers at the CDN, including harmonizing variables across years, developing coding protocols for derived fields, supporting meta-data documentation, and running descriptive statistics and multivariable models.
  • Work closely with our senior statistician, public agency partners, doctoral students, and PhD-level researchers to conduct applied analyses. Contribute to the development of data and research products (e.g., metadata, technical reports, empirical papers).
  • Collaborate with IT and external departments to enhance the development of infrastructures, such as developing technical documentations, maintaining secured data-transferring portal according to compliance, and managing storage hygiene.

The CDN Research Programmer and database specialist will be expected to have the following technical skills:

  • Master’s degree in biostatistics, computer science, or related field.
  • Advanced skills in programming and experience in database management.
  • Sufficiently detailed understanding of statistical software (Stata/SAS/R) to effectively collaborate with the CDN research team.
  • Sufficient knowledge of Operating Systems (Linux, Unix and/or Windows, Git and other command-line prompts) to install and configure database environments.
  • Extensive knowledge of SQL Server database management.
  • Experience in application development across variety of relational databases (SQL Server, Access, Oracle).
  • Strong understanding of procedures and techniques in statistics and machine learning, with emphasis on practical applications.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and through writing on technical subjects.

This position requires an interest in applied and policy-focused research. Candidates should enjoy working both independently and collaboratively in an academic environment, and possess excellent organizational skills. Candidate should also be comfortable handling multiple tasks from different areas of focus and have an active interest in expanding their technical repertoire.

This is a full time (40 hours per week), grant-funded position.

Salary Range: $33.50 - $38.50/hour



REQ20067915 Posted Date: 01/11/2019 - Thru date - 2019-04-12

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