The West Virginia University Office of Health Affairs is seeking applications for a Research Associate located in Charleston, WV. Ideal candidates will have work experience that aligns with the mission of DHHR's Bureau for Medical Services, Bureau for Children and Families, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Bureau for Public Health. The Research Associate will be a key participant in the emerging State-University partnership between the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Overarching responsibilities include working with the state to leverage their data and support analytic and policy needs, conducting relevant policy and evaluation research, participating in interdisciplinary research and evaluation teams, and providing oversight and support to other data analysts and personnel embedded within the Department for Health and Human Resources.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Serve as a University representative and liaison to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for the planning and performance of projects, programs and activities involving health data analytics and program evaluation.
Work as part of a team to advance the partnership between the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Facilitates communication and efficient collaboration between research partners at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the staff of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Oversee and conduct analyses of Medicaid claims data using SAS and other statistical analysis packages at the direction of the West Virginia University Director of Medicaid Research and Evaluation or leadership within the Department for Health and Human Resources
Support both West Virginia University faculty as well as leadership within the Department for Health and Human Resources in using Medicaid claims data as well as other state data sources to answer research questions of interest to the state
Train other West Virginia University faculty in analyzing Medicaid claims data and other state data sources using SAS or other statistical analysis packages
Ensure that data analytic and research/evaluation activities are compliant with University-level policies for the responsible conduct of research as well as federal, and state policies.
Provides consultation to faculty and government partners regarding preparation of research proposals, design and methodology, data analytics and interpretation of results.
Identify opportunities for potential collaborations between the Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Prepares reports as required by the University, the Health Sciences Center administration, and external agencies. Communicates results of analytic projects and program evaluations with relevant staff of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Conducts or directs special projects as assigned.
Assist with the publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts
PhD in health or data science-related field;
Or equivalent amount of combined education and work experience
Two (2) years experience:
Record of research and achievement in health outcomes and policy research (health services research, public health informatics, health policy, clinical outcomes) as evidenced by publications and / or sustained involvement in a research program.
Experience conducting research/evaluation using large health data sources within the healthcare industry or academic or governmental sectors
Extensive knowledge and experience in utilizing large health databases for research, program evaluation and policy development.
Experience analyzing Medicaid administrative claims data
Extensive knowledge in the use of standard statistical analysis packages such as SAS or R
Experience designing and overseeing large research projects using administrative claims data
Record of successfully publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts in the field of health services research
Experience training and / or supervising other individuals in using statistical analysis packages to analyze administrative claims data
Ability to project and maintain a positive and collaborative attitude.
Record of accomplishments in the area of health data analytics.
Strong ability to communicate goals, methods, and results of research initiatives with key stakeholders.
Proficiency presenting the results of data analyses to diverse groups of stakeholders
Valid driver's license and ability to travel.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://hr.wvu.edu/.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: May 7, 2021
Posting Classification: FE/AP
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 201642
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.