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Data Scientist/Policy Analyst

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Other


The Hilltop Institute 

The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Data Scientist/Policy Analyst to join its Analytics & Research team. Hilltop is a university-based, non-partisan research organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people and communities. Hilltop conducts research, policy analysis, and sophisticated data analytics to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. Hilltop has a long-standing partnership with the Maryland Medicaid program and is at the forefront of national efforts to find data-driven solutions to complex problems facing state policymakers as publicly funded health care systems transition to new models that reward quality and value over volume.


The Hilltop Institute is seeking a Data Scientist/Policy Analyst to join its Analytics & Research team who will conduct quantitative analysis of Medicaid, Medicare, Minimum Data Set, and multiple other data sources and contribute to creating predictive models to assess the risk of adverse events among at-risk populations.

The incumbent will assume a prominent role in the growth of Hilltop’s applied data science and machine learning capabilities. As a key member of the Analytics & Research team, they will be responsible for:

  • Contributing to the development, training, and testing of complex predictive algorithms based on large medical services claims data sets collected from Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurers, and/or discharge abstracts using SAS or other statistical packages
  • Assisting with implementation of multivariate program evaluation methodologies to test the effects of health care interventions on program enrollment, utilization, provider participation, and quality of care measures
  • Participating in multi-disciplinary project teams that include SAS/STATA programmers and policy analysts, and research faculty
  • Conducting literature searches on programs in other states, medical and public health topics, or other aspects of health services research and policy
  • Engaging in consultative and creative problem-solving with state agencies and other clients on data-driven projects
  • Writing comprehensive reports, research proposals, and peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Making presentations to public and professional audiences
  • Performing other duties as assigned


Required Minimum Qualifications:


Requires a master’s degree in economics, statistics, mathematics, epidemiology, computer science, information systems, or a related field and one year of relevant experience, or a bachelor’s degree with three years of relevant experience. Must be proficient in one or more programming language (e.g., SAS, STATA, SQL, R, Python) and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Must have strong analytical and effective communications skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to work in multidisciplinary project teams.


Preferred Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies: the ability to work with large databases and on a variety of platforms supporting quantitative analysis, predictive analytics, mathematical modeling, and/or machine learning; experience with advanced statistical modeling; proficiency in one or more programming languages; excellent writing skills; familiarity with the health care and machine learning literature; a knowledge of publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; an interest in federal and state health policy; and well-honed problem solving skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration submit application materials by January 15, 2021 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).  
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time 
Type: Grant Funded
Additional Information: Note: This position is Grant-Funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the Grant.
FLSA Status: Exempt

UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.  Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position. 

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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