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Programmer Analyst

Chapel Hill, North Carolina University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Job Description

Position Information

Position TypePermanent Staff (EHRA NF)

DepartmentCarolina Population Center-******

Working TitleProgrammer Analyst

Appointment TypeEHRA Non-Faculty Research

Position Posting CategoryInformation Technology

Salary Rangedependent on qualifications

Full Time/Part Time?Full-Time Permanent

Hours per Week40

Vacancy IDNF*******

Position ID********

Posting Open Date08/31/2018

Application Deadline09/13/2018

Open Until FilledNo

Proposed Start Date10/01/2018

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, or closely related technical degree from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of experience in operations analysis and design systems programming; OR

Associate’s degree in Computer Information Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Networking Technology from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience in operations analysis and design systems programming; OR

A combination of post high school education and/or related experience equal seven years

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.

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Department Contact Name and TitleConnie Padgett, Department Manager

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