SQL & SAS Data Programmer - Healthcare Research
MNVETS - Minneapolis, MN

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The Minnesota Veterans Medical Research and Education Foundation (MNVETS.org), seeks a 100%-time Data Programmer. This position will work closely with the VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR) to facilitate health services research. CCDOR is a VA Health Services Research Center of Innovation with a mission to enhance patients’ engagement in their care and to improve health care providers’ use of evidence-based practices to diagnosis, treat, and manage chronic disease (http://www.hsrd.minneapolis.med.va.gov/). CCDOR oversees and supports the conduct of 60 health services research projects by 25 researchers (MDs and PhDs) who are assisted by over 30 technical or professional employees. In addition, CCDOR maintains a 10-person statistical and data management core of professionals. Funding for these research efforts, which is approximately $10 million per year, is derived from a variety of sources including VA, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and non-profit institutions.

Specific requirements for the position are:

  • Comprehensive and specialized knowledge of data acquisition and database design techniques including substantial experience working with relational database environments and programming in SQL Server or Oracle
  • Demonstrated ability working with large administrative data files (e.g. health system medical records, Medicare claims, etc.)
  • Experience in programming statistical software and an understanding of basic statistical methods in order to summarize and evaluate administrative and survey data (e.g. SAS)
  • Familiarity and experience with technical aspects of research projects, including experience with or exposure to working in a research setting
  • Must be willing to work regular office hours at the Minneapolis site

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Five or more years of experience working extensively with health claims data in a research environment
  • Five or more years of programming experience using structure query language and database management (e.g. SQL or Oracle)
  • Knowledge of current programming methods and techniques including high level programming languages for creating direct data entry (e.g., Visual Basic)
  • Co-authorship on medical or public-health peer-reviewed publications that utilized health care data

Primary responsibilities for the position include:

  • The position involves simultaneously working on multiple projects across a broad range of interdisciplinary teams
  • Providing data management programming support to research projects
  • Accessing and retrieving data from administrative and relational databases, and processing and merging data files in preparation for analysis by Center researchers
  • Advising on the merits of proposed study designs and design changes
  • Summarizing data and generating written and oral reports for both technical and lay audiences

Please, include a cover letter, resume and list of 3 references when applying. The cover letter should make clear that you are willing to work full-time from Minneapolis. We are unable to pay moving expenses.