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Departmental Assistant

Apply now Job no: 507398
Work type: Hourly
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Health Promotion & Policy
Union: Non-Benefited
Categories: Temporary Non-Benefited

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The programmer/analyst will work under the direction of Dr. Kimberley Geissler and Dr. Laura Attanasio at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This position is responsible for working with health insurance enrollment and claims data by providing programming and analytical support to an ongoing research project.


Essential Functions

  • Work independently on programming and analytic tasks, such as data cleaning, subsetting, and subsequent analysis of health insurance claims data.
  • Collaborate with team members on project planning and implementation.


Other Functions

  • Participate in team meetings as required.
  • Contribute to the drafting of related manuscripts and grants as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics, public health, computer science, or related discipline.
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical software such as Stata, SPSS, R, or SAS.
  • Data management and analysis experience using survey or administrative data.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Previous experience working with health insurance claims data.
  • Familiarity with a Linux server computing environment.
  • Understanding of epidemiological and biostatistical principles and methods.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Current conditions require the programmer/analyst to work from home until such a time as work can resume on campus at UMass Amherst.


Work Schedule

Part-time work schedule, during standard working hours, of 10-20 hours (0.25-0.5 FTE) per week.

Position is temporary through 8/31/2021 with potential extension pending funding availability.


Salary Information

Compensation based on experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. Address any questions to Valerie Evans (


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.



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