DIVISION OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
POSITION SUMMARY: The Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota seeks a Researcher 5/Research Fellow (9742R5) to join the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) team of dedicated and highly regarded faculty, research experts, and staff. This position will conduct statistical analysis and data management for a variety of health policy research projects and client deliverables.
The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.
DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: • 50% Coding and analysis a. Plan and conduct statistical analysis in STATA for a broad range of client deliverables, overseeing complex projects and planning for short and long term project goals. b. Develop validation processes to ensure data quality c. Produce rigorous documentation of methods and other practices that ensure reproducibility of results
• 50% Writing and product development a. Both lead and collaborate with SHADAC staff on product development, including detailed tables of analytic findings following client specifications, issue briefs, reports, and academic papers b. Respond to requests for technical assistance from state agencies, analysts, and policymakers c. Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to translate quantitative findings into policy relevant analysis d. Demonstrated commitment to value diversity and contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment. e. Dedication to advancing health equity and justice in health care.
Salary Range: $55,000-$75,000
THE DEPARTMENT: SHADAC is a multidisciplinary health policy research center located at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health with a focus on state health policy. SHADAC is nationally recognized for its survey research, its work on measuring and monitoring health insurance coverage, and its translation of research to inform state and national health policy. Our staff members represent a broad range of expertise, ranging from economics, statistics, and evaluation to sociology and journalism. We are passionate about the importance of using sound data to inform policy decisions, and we work collaboratively with our clients to achieve exceptional results.
SHADAC provides a family-friendly, flexible work environment, located on the Minneapolis/St. Paul campus with excellent opportunities for education and recreation. The U of M offers a variety of enriching cultural and sporting events, with top-notch museums like the Weisman found alongside the recently built, open-air TCF Bank Stadium, home of Golden Gopher pride. The campus also boasts proximity to beautiful outdoor spaces including the famed Stone Arch Bridge and access to numerous walking and biking paths around the Mississippi River.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • Master’s Degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Mathematics, Epidemiology or closely related field such as Public Health or Public Policy with a strong focus on quantitative methodology • Demonstrated significant coursework in health services research, statistics, or biostatistics • One or more years of research experience • Strong coding skills in STATA • Proficiency in SAS preferred • Strong commitment to rigorous research methods, objectivity, accuracy of findings, and reproducibility of results • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software products, particularly Excel (e.g., ability to execute tasks using pivot tables and VLOOKUP function) • Excellent organizational and analytic skills • Excellent English oral and written communication skills • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a research team
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Knowledge and experience analyzing household surveys with complex sampling design • Knowledge of health policy, particularly issues related to health care cost, access, and utilization, and quality of care • Knowledge and interest in state health care financing and policy including Medicaid, long-term care services and supports, and health insurance markets • Understanding and experience with survey imputation and weighting methodologies • Demonstrated experience analyzing federal survey data including the Current Population Survey (CPS), American Community Survey (ACS), National Health Insurance Survey (NHIS), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) • Coding skills in other programming environments, such as R
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