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Statistical Analyst-Remote eligible (Health Division)

Job ID 2158

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Learn more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance

At Mathematica, we take pride in our commitment to diversity. Building an inclusive culture that draws on the individual strengths of employees from different ethnic backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, abilities, and experience is key to our success.

We are looking for masters-level health Statistical Analysts to join our vibrant group of over 50 statisticians and data scientists. The contributions of our statisticians and statistical analysts underpin our ability to produce crucial evidence for policy and decision makers, ultimately furthering our mission to improve public well-being. For example, our statistical analysts have developed COVID-19 decision tools, extended state-of-the-art methods for identifying treatment effect heterogeneity to enhance primary care delivery, and leveraged Bayesian factorial design to improve the presentation of school choice information to low-income parents. As part of their employment, statistical analysts benefit from the mentorship of more senior statisticians and subject-matter experts, learning new techniques and familiarizing themselves with new topic areas through involvement in analyses.

Responsibilities:

  • Analysis: Apply statistical and quantitative methods to evaluate and improve social programs and policies, with the oversight of more senior statisticians. Assist in designing rigorous studies, determining appropriate analytic methods, and interpreting findings.
  • Programming: Write programs to perform all stages of quantitative analysis, including: (1) conduct data extraction, cleaning, and manipulation, (2) apply advanced statistical and quantitative techniques, and (3) develop programs to calculate descriptive statistics, populate tables, and visualize results.
  • Communication: Draft sections of reports, including technical appendices, and presentations for colleagues, policymakers and other stakeholders. Communicate findings to internal project teams via memos, presentations, or markdown files.
  • Business development: Assist on proposals for new research projects, especially the quantitative methods sections.

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in a quantitative discipline, such as statistics, biostatistics, applied mathematics, quantitative economics, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Expertise in some of the following statistical and/or quantitative methods: causal inference at both the design (matching or weighting for comparison group selection) and analysis (regression) phases, experimental design, Bayesian inference, hierarchical/multilevel modeling, longitudinal data analysis, performance measurement, SEIR modeling, spatial statistics, small area estimation, survey statistics and predictive modeling.
  • Fluency in one or more of the following statistical programming languages: R (preferred), Python, Stan, Julia, Stata, or SAS
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to translate statistical methods and findings for a non-technical audience.
  • Experience using cloud computing platforms and services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) preferred.
  • Experience contributing to written deliverables, such as proposals, technical reports, or academic manuscripts, preferred.
  • Subject-matter knowledge in health policy preferred.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, code sample and salary expectations at the time of your application.  In this employment application, you will be asked whether you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B visa status). If you are unsure of how to answer this question, answer Yes or No and provide notes in the comments/notes section provided. (For example, if you are currently in a period of OPT employment authorization, please note that in the section provided.) Anyone who applies to this position and is selected for an interview will also be verbally asked about current or future sponsorship needs.

This position offers an anticipated base salary of $70,000 - $95,000 annually. This position may be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.


Staff in our Health unit will eventually work with our largest client, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Most staff working on CMS contracts will be required to complete a successful background investigation including the Questionnaire for Public Trust Position SF-85. Staff that are unable to successfully undergo the background investigation will need to be able to obtain work outside CMS. Staff will work with their supervisor to get re-staffed, however if they are unable to do so it may result in employment termination due to lack of work.

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Available locations: Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Chicago, IL; Remote

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

At Mathematica, we understand the importance of building relationships with colleagues. If you’re not located near one of our offices but would like opportunities to meet up with co-workers, we offer coworking spaces where available. Ask your Talent Acquisition partner for more information about this opportunity and whether it’s an option in your area.

Any offer of employment will be contingent upon passing a background check. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance. Additionally, if you participate in/complete the application process and are denied, Mathematica may choose to terminate your employment.

Although Mathematica does not require vaccination from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, various projects or agencies may require documentation of vaccination (or an approved exception/accommodation).

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high quality work.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices—including decisions regarding recruitment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

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