Data Analyst (Dept. of General Internal Medicine)

Data Analyst (Dept. of General Internal Medicine)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Data Analyst (Dept. of General Internal Medicine)

Job Profile Title
Data Analyst C

Job Description Summary
The Data Analyst position will be responsible for providing high-level analysis of electronic health record and/or clinical operations data to assess clinical quality, outcomes, costs, and performance and produce research data and reports for investigators at Penn's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. The Data Analyst will have expertise in data acquisition and restructuring, data mining, and report generation from both electronic health record databases as well as standard medical and pharmacy claims data. The qualified individual will be responsible for assembling research datasets from Penn's internal data sources, analyzing these data using advanced statistical methods, and producing detailed custom reports for health services researchers. This process involves translating the goals and requirements of report requestors into database query specifications, identifying the appropriate data, merging/cleaning data, and analyzing data. This will include building customized procedures, creating temporary storage structures, and developing quasi-Extract/Transform/Load (ETL) processes.

Job Description

The qualified candidate is responsible for the entire report generating process including coding, unit testing, bug fixes, implementation, and modifications/extensions. This position involves frequent interaction with the report requestors to fully understand their data needs and to collaborate on report design.

The data analyst will be expected to run queries on complex databases using SQL and other data analysis tools, restructure and merge multiple datasets, clean, recode, and prepare datasets for analyses, resolve data inconsistencies, and take responsibility for completeness and quality of final-form analytic datasets. The candidate will be self-motivated and experienced in data mining and statistical analysis. Experience with report development tools, data warehousing, relational databases, and SQL is required (e.g., extensive experience with MSSQL and Oracle as well as T-SQL and/or PL/SQL). Experience is also required with scientific report designing, development, and deployment and general reporting methodologies, including but not limited to tabular and graphical visualization techniques. Extensive knowledge of data warehousing and data presentation techniques is required. Experience with health care data, and with electronic health records in particular, is strongly preferred.

The position requires a high degree of technical skill, engagement with the scientific process, resourcefulness in problem-solving, as well as outstanding communication and organizational skills to be able to work independently with minimum supervision and direction. The candidate will also need to be flexible with time, able to independently manage multiple priorities simultaneously, and have strong time-management skills.

Bachelor's degree in the Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science field and a minimum of two years of data analyst experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Knowledge of processes and data modeling, data architectural development methodology and working knowledge of databases. Experience using data analysis tool and databases. Demonstrated competence in systems analysis and design and the ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies.

Master's degree in a data-oriented field is preferred. Extensive experience with data mining with SQL and use of other data analysis tools (e.g., SAS, Stata, Python, Java, and/or R) along with prior work experience using health care data is strongly preferred. Prior experience extracting analytic datasets from large electronic health record systems is strongly preferred. The candidate will be highly motivated, self-directed, and adept at learning new technical skills when needed. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are essential, as well as strong organizational and documentation skills, the ability to work on multiple projects effectively, and meet deadlines. Position contingent upon funding.

Working Conditions
Office, Library, Computer Room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $109,535.33

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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