Oregon Health & Science University

Research Data Analyst 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Center for Evidence-based Policy
Salary Range
$27.85 - $41.77 per hour
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Center for Evidence-based Policy is a national leader in evidence-based decision making and policy design. Its mission is to "address policy challenges through evidence and collaboration". The Center works with federal, state and local policymakers in more than 25 states to use high-quality evidence to guide decision-making, maximize the value of resources and improve health outcomes. The Center is diverse in terms of people and ideas and actively recruits and retains exceptional personnel who are committed and passionate about achieving its mission. The Center promotes leadership that inspires innovation, motivates people to perform at their highest levels, and makes the Center a great place to work.

Function/Duties of Position

The Center is seeking an experienced individual to provide data management, administration and research support across a portfolio of large projects. The position’s primary role will include intake, management, and organization of the administrative and survey-based datasets used in the Center’s research projects. Specific tasks will include upkeep and oversite of a remote server environment used for data storage and analysis, the secure receipt of data updates, communication with select data suppliers, and creation and oversight of codebooks and other data use documentation.

Successful candidates will also have significant experience in using statistical software programs (e.g., SAS, R, or STATA), particularly focused on the management of large datasets and the curation of databases for storage in SQL. Further, successful candidates will have strong written communications skills and a demonstrated ability drafting data documentation, and overseeing its use across myriad researchers and projects. Candidates should have experience working with and supporting multiple research teams. Experience with data visualizations tools (e.g. Tableau or Power BI) is also desired.


Data Management and Research

  • Assess existing structures and capacities, recommend and implement improvements to data structure and management, both for individual projects and enterprise wide
  • Assess system performance and make recommendations for hardware, software, and data storage improvements
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues (research directors and analysts) to support research projects, including project-specific analytic file development
  • Develop new scripts to automate periodic database management operations, and evaluate existing scripts for improvement
  • Provide meticulous recordkeeping in statistical code regarding data management processes and decisions.

Data intake

  • Develop, manage and optimize processes for data intake
  • Develop and execute data use agreements (DUAs) with programs, organizations and agencies, and institutional review board (IRB) protocols
  • Lead the development of building trusting relationships with data partners and data transfer processes
  • Develop and implement quality assurance processes for imported data and work with partner agencies, as needed
  • Serve as primary contact and resource for technical questions on the individual datasets and database processes

Server Maintenance

  • Develop processes and perform upkeep for remote server environments
  • Lead communication with server administrators, and lead and implement necessary software or hardware updates
  • Configure users, permissions, and settings in all enterprise applications; coordinate the interoperability and interfaces between these enterprise applications
  • Establish and maintain table and schema structures for the SQL database that houses a large volume of the Center’s project data
  • Establish processes for monitoring/tracking changes to databases

Required Qualifications


  • Master's Degree in relevant field AND 2 years of relevant experience OR
  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field AND 4 years of relevant experience

    Degrees in Computer Science or a relevant health or social science-related field (e.g. Public Health/Epidemiology)


  • 4+ Years Database Administration/Development
  • 3+ Experience working with administrative data (e.g. insurance claims, program participation data)
  • Experience establishing and managing data use agreements

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Thorough understanding of management and data administration duties such as collection, analysis, and distribution
  • Expertise in at least one software package commonly used for data management in health services research (SAS, R (specifically—tidyverse package), Python, or Stata) SQL
  • Demonstrated proficiency working with large (millions of records) data files
  • Technical writing and ability to develop data documentation
  • Proven ability to create analytic files (for use in research)
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a collaborator in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications


  • 5+ Years Database Administration/Development

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • SAS or R
  • SQL
  • Tableau and/or Power BI

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses:

  • SAS and/or SQL

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.


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