Quantitative Health Researcher
American Institutes for Research - Washington, DC

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life.

AIR's Health Policy Research (HPR) group specializes in research, evaluation, policy analysis, measurement, performance management, and technical assistance in the areas of health services organization, quality of care, quality of life, consumer engagement, and financing and cost of care. HPR’s major clients include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), private foundations, and state governments.

The Quantitative Health Researcher will serve as a resource on projects related to consumer and stakeholder engagement, quality reporting and measurement, and healthcare reform. Specifically, the Researcher will: a) lead and contribute to analysis of research findings and technical reports; b) demonstrate and apply content knowledge to study design decisions, project activities, and reporting; c) contribute to qualitative or quantitative data collection; d) support collaboration among team members, both internal and external to organization; and e) carry out project management activities, including monitoring contract timelines, reporting, and communicating with clients as appropriate.

1. Work with senior investigators to develop data analysis plans and programs using SAS and other software programs in response to research requirements and to answer research questions.
2. Collaborate on the design of the best methods to display data tailored to the needs of various audiences.
3. Lead and support research projects and proposals including literature review, research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation of results and written and oral presentation of results to a variety of audiences.
4. Manage budgets and schedule and coordinate the activities of collaborating institutions, subcontractors, and consultants.
5. Manage or lead research proposals and applications for funding and contribute to writing sections of same. Assist with other development activities such as preparing capability statements or collecting information about research opportunities.
6. Write scientific and technical reports and manuscripts and create slide presentations for lay and technical audiences.

  • Master’s degree with 3-5 years experience or new PhD in social science (quantitative psychology or sociology, economics), biostatistics, or epidemiology.
  • One or more years of experience programming in SAS to contribute as a team member to large-scale, population-based, health services-related projects.
  • Ability to apply and interpret classical and modern psychometrics and multivariate statistics.
  • Familiarity with experimental and quasi-experimental research designs.
  • Strong writing skills: ability to generate reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • Familiarity with statistical applications software (e.g. SAS, STATA, SPSS, R, PARSCALE, BILOG, MULTILOG, MPLUS, LISREL)
  • Ability to manage complex projects, budgets, and schedules.

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