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Operating one of the industry’s largest and most respected research programs, Kaiser Permanente employs nearly 1,800 research experts at 9 specialized centers across the country. With a research budget of $221 million and more than 2,500 studies and clinical trials underway at any given time, this is a place where you can have a profound impact on the future of health.

SAS Programmer II / Data Specialist - Research Operations

Location: Aurora, CO Additional Locations:
Job Number: 840890 Date posted: 11/02/2019

The Data Specialist/SAS Programmer II works in conjunction with the research team to manage all aspects of data manipulation, ensuring data quality and maintaining data integrity for one or more complex studies through the use of high level SAS programming. The Data Specialist/SAS Programmer II is responsible for mentoring inexperienced data specialists or data specialists who are new to the IHR.  

Essential Responsibilities:

  • May facilitate the training of new staff.  Must have independent thinking and problem-solving skills. Responsible for complying with job-specific guidelines pertaining to functions including data use, transfer, archiving, and access.
  • Maintains knowledge of policies and procedures and performs in accordance with the Principles of Responsibilitiesandapplicable regulatory requirements, external laws and accreditation standards. Appropriately reports observed fraud or abuse.
  • Develops solutions to a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity, using judgment within defined policies and procedures; assesses information to identify the best solution from existing alternatives; exercises judgment to make decisions for less defined issues and selects methods and techniques for making decisions; works under limited direction and plans own activities to accomplish objectives; may influence others regarding existing concepts, processes and/or methodology; may have formal or informal leadership responsibilities; and provides informal work guidance or training to less-experienced team members.
  • Participates in or leads the data development of multi-site projects by writing/testing/running efficient code for multiple research sites. Independently plans and carries out data management activities (e.g., data cleaning/quality assurance, data documentation, analytic data set creation).
  • Operationalizes research protocols. Participates in multi-site projects by testing/running SAS code distributed by programmers at multiple sites.
  • Identifies and resolves complex problems using interactive problem solving and troubleshooting techniques. Develops QA programs to identify any issues in the data. Partners with members of the team to resolve data issues. Notifies appropriate Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO) departments of issues discovered in the data so that the issues can be resolved in the source data.
  • Extracts data from multiple sources within KP and develops a thorough understanding of the data elements to be used for a study. Communicates issues around the data elements and propose alternatives to make the data as complete and accurate as possible.
  • Independently authors programs to efficiently extract data from source systems using a variety of SAS tools, such as macros, SQL.
  • Develops a structure in the data tables to accommodate the large volume of data used for studies that span multiple years and multiple data source systems within KPCO.
  • Provides data for study development or manuscript preparation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in relational database structures, research methods, sampling techniques, and system testing.
  • Develops or enhances programs to automate recurring tasks, such as VDW data updates, registry updates, and health surveillance studies, employing tools to increase efficiencies.
  • Leads the development of registries/databases, including base definition, structure, documentation, long-range requirements, operational guidelines, and protection. Ensures accuracy and completeness of data in master files and various support tools, such as data dictionaries to be used by the research team, to conduct federally funded research.
  • Coordinates data transfers and data reconciliation. Complies with IRB approved protocols, Business Associate Agreements, and Data Use Agreements to transfer data between agencies.
  • Develops and employs data management best practices in a standardized, transparent, and efficient manner. Assumes responsibility as a partner for the planning, resourcing, and execution of relevant internal and external data management activities to obtain clean databases within a specified timeframe. Openly reviews code with team members to ensure high quality results and share techniques employed.
  • Develops knowledge and professional skills through continuing education, cross training, literature, and attendance at departmental meetings. Takes an active role in the department by contributing content and sharing knowledge in 1:1 and group settings. May serve as a subject matter expert for a data content area. May have limited role with external organizations (e.g., DSUG, VDW Workgroup).
  • Under the scientific direction of a PI, assists with proposal development. Assists with data interpretation, preparation of technical reports, manuscripts, posters, presentations.
  • Adheres to federal and local regulations and KPCO Standard Operating Procedures governing research. Maintains compliance when manipulating large volumes of patient data, both internal to KPCO and from external agencies. Follows the IRB approved protocols on federally funded grants as well as on internally funded projects. Adheres to the research protocols for maintaining HIPAA compliance when accessing, manipulating, storing, and transferring data. Partners with Investigators to adhere to the research requirements outlined in the study protocol and data use agreements report all violation/deviations immediately to the Investigator and IRB.
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum five (5) years of SAS programming experience required.
  • Education
  •  Bachelor's degree required.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

    Additional Requirements:
  • Demonstrated familiarity with KPCO source data systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, contribute to project planning, and complete assigned responsibilities on schedule.
  • Ability to analyze large, complex data sets using SAS.
  • Ability to adapt to constantly changing environments & priorities.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Primary Location: Colorado,Aurora,Waterpark III 2550 S. Parker Rd. S400 Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: Institute for Health Research Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

    About Research & Development Careers

    Careers in Research & Development

    Recognized worldwide for their scientific expertise, our researchers collect data on topics including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, and drug safety — just to name a few.

    In addition to studies centered at these facilities, our physicians and researchers conduct clinical trials of new drugs, medical devices, and other therapies through several organized centers and independently at single sites. Put together, Kaiser Permanente's research centers and scientists comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive nonacademic research programs in the United States.

    As a member of this team, you'll engage in meaningful work that has the power to affect outcomes and improve global health. Focused on areas like public-sector health services, epidemiology, and behavioral and clinical research, the work you do will ultimately allow us to improve the cost effectiveness and quality of the care we deliver — all while saving lives.

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