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Research Programmer I

Center for Economic and Social Research Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC’s Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences: Center for Economic and Social Research is seeking a Research Programmer I to join its team. Specifically, this position will work in a multidisciplinary environment in support of policy research on a wide range of issues and provide programming support to research projects.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design, code, test, debug, document and maintain complex programs.
  • Participate in research projects. Contributes to research designs, and participates in the preparation of research papers.
  • Use Stata or SAS to extract, clean, manage, and analyze data as a member of research project team.
  • Work with a team on helping manage data collection, conduct descriptive analysis, and create reports.
  • Acquire a strong understanding of research topics and a thorough knowledge of the data and programming efforts involved.
  • Develops and/or adapts computer systems which are complex and very large in scope.
  • Interfaces with researchers to determine system requirements to support research. Designs systems to satisfy their needs.
  • Writes computer programs to meet system design specifications.

  • May work as a team member on very large projects or work independently on projects of lesser scope but which require competency in all phases of programming and analysis.

  • Utilizes creativity and innovation to solve conceptual programming problems raised by cutting edge research.


  • Ability to produce careful and detailoriented work.
  • Exceptional problem-solving abilities and strong analytic skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Basic understanding of statistical methods (regression, ANOVA, t­tests, etc.).

Education Requirements:

  • Major in statistics, biostatistics, economics, psychometric, mathematics, quantitative social sciences, or related field required.

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

This position is contract or grant funded.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalent Minimum Experience: 1 year Minimum Field of Expertise: Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems. Competent to work independently on complex programming.

REQ20085114 Posted Date: 01/29/2020

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