Vanderbilt's Department of Health Policy is seeking qualified candidates to provide faculty with data management, statistical analyses, project management, manuscript preparation, and other research assistance. This position is responsible for the independent execution of major components of complex quantitative research projects in health policy, health services research, epidemiology, or related disciplines, and utilizes advanced level research skills to perform a variety of research and operations-related activities including report preparation and management of project schedules for proposals and projects.
The ideal candidate has strong data management and programming skills (SAS, STATA, R), extensive experience with Medicare and other health insurance administrative claims data, solid project management experience, and can provide analytic support for complex statistical analyses. It is expected that standard practices and techniques will be used to collect, compile, validate, interpret, and analyze data and trends. This position requires a person who can work well with a number of faculty members from diverse disciplines, oversee and guide the efforts of junior team members, take initiative to gather suitable data to address policy questions, and complete assignments in a timely manner.
The responsibilities of this position will include quantitative and written data analysis on issues of current health policy interest including health reform, Medicare/Medicaid/medication spending and utilization patterns, population health, pharmacoepidemiology topics, and health care disparities. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
1. Data management and analysis a. Uses advanced programming skills to manage and analyze data b. Responsible for managing large and/or complex datasets c. Coordinates development of analytic datasets, data cleaning, data validation, and data reporting d. Contributes to the development and execution of complex analytic plans, including data specifications, reports, and tables/figures, using biostatistics and econometric methods e. Summarizes and interprets complex analyses f. Combines data from multiple sources to derive conclusions, measures and recommendations
2. Manages research projects a. Uses quantitative and qualitative research methods skills to lead small to medium projects within larger research efforts b. Contributes to the design, coordination and conduct of research projects c. Directs study team efforts, schedules and attends meetings, documents action items, interfaces with investigators, and provides professional support and leadership for study staff d. May coordinate focus groups or participate in other qualitative data collection and analysis e. Fosters collaboration between team members, both internal and external to the department
3. Drafts and reviews presentations and written documents a. Demonstrates exceptional presentation skills b. Prepares presentations and present information to a wide variety of audiences c. Oversees the creation of charts, graphs, and tables to summarize analysis results d. Drafts research proposals e. Contributes to technical reports and peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts
4. Serves as a resource to others a. Provides guidance and supervision to junior team members b. Participates in recruiting and hiring of team members c. Provides input and/or conducts performance conversations and evaluations
Minimum Qualifications: This position requires a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 48 months of relevant experience, or a Master's degree and 24 months of relevant experience. A degree in epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, public health, or a health-related discipline is strongly preferred.
Preferred qualities and skills: · Master's level candidates are strongly encouraged to apply · Extensive experience with Medicare, SEER-Medicare, drug coverage, and other administrative claims data · Strong written and verbal communication skills · Strong quantitative, statistical, and data analysis skills · Solid SAS – preferred, STATA, or R skills and experience · Self-starter with initiative and professional work style
A current resume and cover letter must be included/uploaded in your online application to be eligible for consideration.
Additional Information: This is a full-time position.
Salary is dependent upon years of education and experience.
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.
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