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February 11, 2019

Health Care Researcher - Research Scientist 2


Job Class:  Research Scientist 2Working Title:  Health Care Researcher
Who May Apply:  Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted:  02/11/2019
Closing Date:  02/25/2019
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit:  Department of Human Services / Central Office
Division/Unit:  Healthcare Research & Quality / Research & Data Analysis
Work Shift/Work Hours:  Day Shift / 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Days of Work:  Monday - Friday
Travel Required:  No
Salary Range: $26.30 - $38.75/hourly; $54,914 - $80,910/annually
Job Class Option:  Health Care Research
Classified Status:  Classified

Job Summary

This position is a member of the Research and Data Analysis Team within the Health Care Research and Quality (HRQ) Division of DHS’s Health Care Administration.  The Research and Data and Analysis Team is collectively responsible for analyzing DHS health care data for purposes such as estimating the need for health care services, evaluating and improving payment methodologies, estimating the impact of changes in delivery and payment systems, and measuring and evaluating health care utilization and outcomes.  Members of the team extract and summarize data as well as perform complex analyses of data and study results to support program and administrative decision making.  Members of the team also provide technical direction and consultation to management and staff and represent the Division on planning teams charged with collection and dissemination of information related to the above activities.

The successful candidate will serve as a Research Data Analyst and conduct quantitative research and analysis for the Research and Data Analysis Unit.  The position provides research and analytic expertise for the Health Care Administration (HCA).  The position is responsible for core data analyst functions such as responding to requests for complex data extraction and analytics, producing and interpreting data summaries and reports, interfacing with internal and external customers, participating on cross-functional project teams, maintaining subject matter expertise in select aspects of DHS data and data systems, and participating in special projects as needed.  Duties include developing and executing various data analyses within the HCA, such as the areas of health care needs, utilization, service delivery, costs and outcomes; health disparities and other epidemiological or demographic studies needed by the department.

This position reports to the Research and Data Analysis Supervisor, HRQ / R&DA, and has frequent interactions with HCA researchers, data teams, policy staff and administrative support personnel. He/she interacts with other DHS staff working on various grants/contracts, including contractors. He/she works under the guidance of lead workers on the data and research/evaluation teams in HRQ / R&DA. He/she works closely with the HRQ / R&DA management team, and has the freedom to develop collaborative working relationships as needed to accomplish the goals of the grant project.

Minimum Qualifications:Three (3) years of professional experience demonstrating the following:·Experience in data collection, data manipulation or data transformation ·Experience in interpretation of data and statistical analysis·Experience with SAS professional programming or similar statistical programs such as R, SPSS, Stata·Experience in managing multiple projects ·Translating technical language and concepts for non-technical management and policy staff *Bachelor’s Degree in a health science or a related field may substitute for 1 year of experience OR Master’s degree in either a health science or related social science field may substitute for 2 years of experience.Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in either a health science or related social science.
  • Knowledge of SQL in addition to one of the required analytical programming languages.
  • Basic knowledge of Minnesota Health Care Programs both fee for service and managed care.
  • Experience with research or analysis using large health care claims databases stored in complex data warehouse systems.
  • Experience with project management, technical and non-technical report writing, and oral presentation of analysis and research results.
  • Understanding of the DHS Health care purchasing strategies, data systems and salient issues of providing services through managed care and fee-for-service delivery systems.
  • Experience interpreting and applying complex standards, statutes, rules, laws and regulations.
Additional Requirements

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.


This position is located in Minnesota's great capital city, St. Paul. The State of Minnesota offers employees subsidies for public transportation allowing for convenient and easy access to commute to work. Ride the new METRO "Green Line" Light Rail Train to work! The 10th Street Station is located close by.


Our mission as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of state policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people who call Minnesota home.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

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