Oregon Health & Science University

Research Engineer II

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Information Systems
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Center for Health Systems Effectiveness (CHSE)
Salary Range
$68,054 - $102,198 per year, commensurate w/ qualifications, experience, and equity
8:00am-5:00pm (can vary)
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Center for Health Systems Effectiveness (CHSE) is devoted to transforming health systems through actionable cross-disciplinary and collaborative research. CHSE is committed to diversity and providing a welcoming, inclusive work environment.

Function/Duties of Position

Please note: This position has the potential for full-time telework OR in Portland at the South Waterfront campus.


The Research Associate provides high-level professional support in analytic activites at the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness (CHSE). Major components of the work include:


  • Collaboration with Principal Investigators and other CHSE staff to design, manage, implement and interpret statistical analyses focused on healthcare expenditures, utlization, and quality
  • Creation and management of very large administrative health insurance claims datasets
  • Data management and statistical analysis using R and Python
  • Provision of expertise regarding healthcare quality measures
  • Development of validation processes to ensure data quality
  • Rigorous documentation of methods and other practices that ensure reproducibility of results
  • Innovation and problem-solving at all stages of research
  • Contribution to development of project deliverables via writing, interpretation of results, creation of compelling data visualizations, and editing
  • A commitment to continuing education and self-improvement as well as participation in cross-education and knowledge sharing with other staff via trainings and presentations
  • Performing other duties as requested by the Supervisor or Center Director

40 hours/week; core hours are 10am - 2pm PST; very occasional evenings or weekends may be required.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field and 3 years of relevant experience; OR 5 years of relevant experience; OR equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Strong coding skills using R or Python
  • Working knowledge of statistical theory and hypothesis testing, quantitative analysis methods and database management techniques
  • Knowledge of healthcare measures of quality
  • Proficiency in research activities including managing, analyzing, and summarizing data; study design, research methodologies
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions and maintaining thorough documentation of the decision-making process
  • Exemplary communication skills and ability to effectively present research findings to diverse audiences within and outside OHSU
  • Strong commitment to rigorous research methods, objectivity and accuracy of findings, and reproducibility of results

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with management and analysis of administrative data, especially claims data (such as Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance data)
  • Experience managing and analyzing multi-terabyte datasets
  • Working knowledge of SQL
  • Familiarity with different providers of healthcare quality measure (e.g. NCQA, AHRQ, ResDAC, etc.)
  • Experience working in Linux/Unix environment
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of health disparities and the factors that cause them
  • Experience working with diverse populations and in diverse environments

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and resume or CV.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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