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Senior SAS Programmer-Analyst, Boston, MA, USA

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COMPANY:Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

POSITION:Sr. SAS Programmer/Analyst

JOB DURATION:Full Time/Regular


DESCRIPTION: The Senior SAS Programmer/Analyst manages, coordinates and performs data- and programming-related activities for multiple epidemiological and health services research studies under the Mini-Sentinel pilot. Mini-Sentinel is a pilot project sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create an active surveillance system - the Sentinel System - to monitor the safety of FDA-regulated medical products. Mini-Sentinel uses administrative and electronic healthcare data from multiple collaborating and partner institutions around the country. Please see our public website for additional information:

The Senior SAS Programmer/Analyst determines programmatic approaches to research projects and writes SAS programs that are flexible, reusable, scalable, computationally efficient and easily maintainable. These research projects require high-level communication skills for close collaboration with investigators, project managers and other programmer/analysts, both within Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute (HPHCI) and with external institutions.


Design, code, test and execute SAS programs in an administrative healthcare distributed data network environment. Create and maintain programs to perform analyses and generate both routine and ad hoc reports, in close consultation with investigators, statisticians and research associates. Manage, perform and document quality control (QC) testing of SAS programs, in accordance with internal standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines. Define and develop project specifications and methods with investigators. Collaborate with investigators from external institutions on methods of data collection and transfer. Support the training and mentoring of junior programmers. Use good judgment and practice in working with highly confidential information. Follow all applicable privacy and confidentiality procedures in daily work.


BA/BS in related field (e.g., public health, epidemiology, statistics, quantitative social sciences) with 7+ years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience managing and analyzing large administrative healthcare data a must (Medicare/Medicaid, other claims-based or electronic medical records databases). Experience working in a distributed data network environment a plus. Experience with other data management and analysis software packages (e.g., R, SQL, Stata, etc.) or other programming languages (Java, VB/VBA) a plus. Knowledge of study design, research methodology and statistical analysis. Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn new technical tools and software applications, and work with variety of data and data sources. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Strong organizational and problem solving skills.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a resume/CV AND Cover Letter in order to be considered for the position.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.



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