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SAS Research Programmer, Health Research

Los Angeles, California

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics (Schaeffer Center) is seeking a Research Programmer to provide programming support on a portfolio of research designed to inform healthcare policy. This is a full-time, fixed-term, 2 year (renewable) position.

SAS Research Programmer to provide programming support on research projects that use administrative healthcare claims data.  Knowledge with SAS and STATA required.  The programmer is an integral part of the research team and works closely with the principal investigator and a multidisciplinary research team.  The key role of the programmer is to develop a plan to adapt data that are complex and very large in scope to answer research questions.  Programmers also execute the analytical plan for the project in conjunction with graduate students. Manages large data files. Utilizes creativity and innovation to solve conceptual programming problems raised by cutting-edge research.  Programmers are also part of a state-of-the-art data core at Schaeffer Center with opportunity for peer interaction and mentoring.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Statistics, quantitative social science, health economics, mathematics or related field
  • 2 or more years experience with SAS, a statistical programming language
  • Ability to work independently on complex programming
  • Experience with health data, including administrative healthcare (medical, pharmacy, plan benefit/enrollment, etc) claims from Medicare, Medicaid, or health insurance plans, and electronic medical/health records

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MA/MS in Statistics, quantitative social science, health economics, mathematics or related field
  • 3 or more years of experience with SAS and Stata. Experience with SQL preferred but not required
  • Experience with large administrative databases, survey data, claims data, electronic health records data
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.

The Schaeffer Center combines research and policy to promote evidence-based health care reform, and to train a new generation of global health policy leaders. Its mission is to promote health and value in health care delivery through innovative research and policy in the United States and internationally.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Please attach cover letter and resume.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalent
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems. Competent to work independently on complex programming.


REQ20055077 Posted Date: 01/18/2018

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