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Research Programmer II

Center for Economic and Social Research Los Angeles, California

The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is seeking a Research Programmer II to join its team.

CESR is a center within the USC Dana and David Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Our research taps into the breadth and depth of disciplines at USC, even as we contribute to its stellar reputation as a powerhouse research university.

We focus unsparing attention on economic and health disparities, social inequality, the needs of children, families and older Americans. Our research explores the impact of social services and public policy, shifting population trends and their implications, and how human behavior -- our attitudes, actions, and ability to make decisions -- affects our well-being now and as we age.

We do this work by drawing thinkers, researchers, colleagues and collaborators from a wide range of fields and global perspectives. We strive to create a research environment that is equal parts inspiring and thought-provoking. Only by crossing disciplines can we truly deepen the understanding of human behavior.

TheResearch Programmer IIworks in a multidisciplinary environment in support of policy research on a wide range of issues and provides programming support to research projects.

This is a grant funded position.

Duties include:

  • Designs, codes, tests, debugs, installs, documents and maintains complex and large in scope programs.
  • Participates in research projects. Contributes to research designs, develops prototype implementations, and participates in the preparation of papers describing the research.
  • Prepares system and programming documentation for users and other programmers in accordance with internal and external standards.
  • Use Stata or SAS to extract, clean, manage, and analyze data as a member of research project teams.
  • 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.
  • Ability to produce careful and detailoriented work.
  • Serves as lead programmer on several research projects and oversee junior programmer and/or student.
  • Trains users and programmers as required.

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

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Education: MA/MS in economics, statistics, mathematics or related field.

Preferred Experience: Familiar with research environment. Knowledge of statistical software Stata or SAS.

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter

Please do not submit your application without these documents.


Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalent
Minimum Experience: 3 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Relevant work experience to provide strong technical knowledge of programming and analysis as well as senior or lead experience. Demonstrated ability to stand in for researchers as circumstances require. Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.


REQ20058153 Posted Date: 04/10/2018

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