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SAS Research Programmer, Health Research

Los Angeles, California

The mission of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics (Schaeffer Center) is to measurably improve value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private- and public-sector engagement. With its extraordinary breadth and depth of expertise, the Schaeffer Center will have a vital impact on the transformation of healthcare.

The Schaeffer Center is seeking an SAS Research Programmer, Health Research 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. This is a full-time, two year fixed-term (renewable) position.

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

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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In order for your application to be considered, a cover letter and resume must be attached.

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.


REQ20067949 Posted Date: 11/16/2018
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