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Programmer Analyst-183407

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Department Carolina Population Center-631100
Working Title Programmer Analyst
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty Research
Position Posting Category Information Technology
Salary Range Dependent upon qualifications
Full Time/Part Time? Full-Time Permanent
Hours per Week 40
Vacancy ID NF0004545
Position ID 20031966
Posting Open Date 09/10/2020
Application Deadline 10/07/2020
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Start Date 10/19/2020
Position Summary

This position is within the Research Programming Unit of the Carolina Population Center. It provides data management and analysis under the direction of nutrition epidemiologists and food economists as part of the Global Food Research Program working on a variety of externally sponsored projects with over $10 million annually in grant awards. The projects involve manipulating data from multiple sources including U.S. and international food purchase and consumption practices, and the nutrient content of commercial and non-commercial foods. Some files are very large with millions of records per file and file sizes averaging 90-100 GB that require a high level of skill at data management and sophisticated programming techniques for efficient processing of the data and associated analyses. This position works on all aspects of acquisition of large research and commercial data, data management, and data analysis with a team of senior programmer/analysts in the Research Programming Unit and with dietitians and nutrition epidemiologists. He/she is responsible for constructing complex variables and documenting the programming techniques used to generate these variables, which are used by the entire research team.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Engineering, math, or Engineering or related technical degree from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience in business application consulting or development; or

Bachelor’s degree and some computer coursework from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of experience in business application consulting or development; or

Associate’s degree in Computer Programming and three years of experience in application consulting or development; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Qualifications and Experience

Demonstrated ability in SAS and/or Stata to manage large, complex, multi-level data. Experience with statistical analysis procedures within SAS and/or Stata. Demonstrated ability to take responsibility for the planning, management, and analysis of complex data in a data-driven project.

The following experience is desired. Experience with population-based surveys, data cleaning and post-processing, data documentation, dissemination to the research community, and technical user support are highly desirable. Experience with analysis of complex survey data is highly desirable. Experience with both SAS and Stata is highly desirable (proficiency in one is required). Experience working with Excel tables within a statistical package is desirable. Ability to work with a team of faculty and senior programmer/analysts, taking direction while providing independent analysis and suggestions about technical solutions to meet the needs of the project. Ability to direct the work of other team members as needed. Familiarity with nutrition terminology.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
    • Bachelor’s degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
    • None of the above
  2. * Describe your experience managing complex multi-level research data.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your knowledge and use of SAS and Stata for data management and analysis.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your experience working in a research team.

    (Open Ended Question)