Research Analyst (Full-Time)

Posted 12 months ago

SIS working with the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, MD, is seeking a full-time research analyst to provide research and analytic support to the National Hospital Care Survey ( in the enhancement of an improved set of algorithms to identify opioid involvement and co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health issues in linked hospital and mortality data. Algorithms use a combination of standard medical codes and keywords.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Develop SAS coding and table templates for preparing, processing and analyzing clinical and mortality data.
• Create specifications to enable external validation of SAS output and assist in validating the SAS output of others
• Conduct exploratory analyses to identify candidate medical codes and keywords to incorporate into algorithms
• Respond to ad hoc requests from the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Subject Matter Expert to develop NLP and machine learning techniques
• Test different iterations of the algorithms and document performance
• Create/review specifications for data sets with new variables created from applying algorithms
• Contribute analytic and writing support to abstracts, papers, reports and presentations
• Prepare and submit quarterly progress reports for project leads to review and approve
• Create detailed meeting minutes for Technical Expert Panel and other project meetings upon request
• Provide technical assistance to other researchers to apply the algorithms and analyze findings upon request
Work Schedule
• Full-time: Must work onsite at NCHS from Mon-Fri for a total of 8 hours per day, telework is not authorized. Specific daily work hours are negotiable.
Minimum Qualifications
Contractor personnel must, at a minimum, have the following skills, experience and qualifications:
• Master’s degree in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, survey statistics, health services research, social science, or a related field with 3 years of SAS programming experience.
• Experience with health data management, analysis and presentation is required
• Knowledge of general medical terminology and standard medical code systems (e.g., ICD- CM/PCS, CPT, HCPCS, LOINC, SNOMED, RxNORM) is required.
• Experience with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required
• Additional skills required include good management, communication (written and oral), organizational, and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications
Contractor personnel with the following skills, experience and qualifications are highly desirable:
• Knowledge of substance use and mental health terminology, research and data.
• Programming experience in SQL
• Experience with NLP, computational linguistics, and/or machine learning.

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