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Lead SAS Programmer Analyst (TIDE)



Software Engineering, IT
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

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Job Summary

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (HPHCI) is currently seeking a highly motivated individual to join our organization as a Lead SAS Programmer Analyst. The Lead SAS Programmer Analyst will work with the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (TIDE) group within the Department of Population Medicine (www.populationmedicine.org). TIDE is the home of several large, complex, national, multi-site research initiatives that support major national public health activities. Our mission is to improve health care delivery and population health through research and education, in partnership with health plans, delivery systems, and public health agencies. The Lead SAS Programmer Analyst plays a critical role in supporting key initiatives in TIDE’s portfolio.
The Lead SAS Programmer Analyst will primarily support the enhancement and maintenance of Sentinel’s Query Request Package (https://dev.sentinelsystem.org/projects/AD/repos/qrp/browse) and Reporting Tool (https://dev.sentinelsystem.org/projects/AD/repos/qrp_report/browse). The Lead SAS Programmer Analyst oversees and performs advanced analytic programming-related activities for complex pharmacoepidemiologic studies and determines appropriate analytic design approaches to surveillance and research projects. They also design and develop SAS programs that are flexible, reusable, scalable, computationally efficient, and easily maintainable. This position requires high-level communication skills for close collaboration with investigators, project managers and other programmers/analysts, both within HPHCI and with external institutions and collaborators.

Key Responsibilities/Duties – what you will be doing

  • Lead work to design, code, test, and execute SAS programs using administrative healthcare data in a distributed data network environment for the most complex projects.
  • Direct quality control (QC) testing of SAS programs, in accordance with internal standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines.
  • Oversee advanced analytic and statistical programming activities in the production of analysis datasets and custom analytics and in support of collaborations.
  • Collaborate with investigators from external institutions on the review, design, specification and/or implementation of study protocols and analysis plans.
  • Lead analytic and statistical programming activities to customize analytics as part of the Sentinel rapid query system.
  • Manage, train, and mentor staff; serve as a senior technical expert and assist team members with resolving project challenges.

Qualifications – what you need to perform the job


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in public health, statistics, quantitative social sciences, economics, epidemiology, or mathematics strongly preferred.


  • 10+ years of advanced SAS programming experience, including: macro programming data-driven applications; hash programming table lookups, merges, and joins; report building/ODS to create RTF, PDF, HTML, XML, and Excel Spreadsheets; statistical programming and modeling; systems analysis, benchmarking system performance assessing I/O, CPU, RAM usage.


  • Understanding and background in healthcare and sound knowledge of scientific research methods. Knowledge of common electronic healthcare coding systems (e.g., NDC, RxNorm CUI, LOINC, ICD-9-CM/ICD-10-CM, HCPCS).
  • Experience documenting programs/processes, writing and reviewing functional or technical specifications preferred. Experience with other analysis software packages (e.g., R, SQL, Stata, etc.) or other programming languages (Python, Java, VB/VBA) a plus.
  • Experience implementing study designs and statistical methods that address bias and confounding in observational data (e.g., self-controlled designs, propensity score methods) a plus.


  • Must be able to work under normal office conditions and work from home as required.
  • Work may require simultaneous use of a telephone/headset and PC/keyboard and sitting for extended durations.
  • May be required to work additional hours beyond standard work schedule.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) and Health Equity

​Point32Health is committed to making diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and health equity part of everything we do—from product design to the workforce driving that innovation. Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) and Health Equity team's strategy is deeply connected to our core values and will evolve as the changing nature of work shifts. Programming, events, and an inclusion infrastructure play a role in how we spread cultural awareness, train people leaders on engaging with their teams and provide parameters on how to recruit and retain talented and dynamic talent. We welcome all applicants and qualified individuals, who will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.