Technical Advisor-ResDAC (Researcher 5)

University of Minnesota - Office of Human Resources
March 25, 2020
Twin Cities, MN
Job Type


Required Qualifications:
• Master's degree in public health, health services research, epidemiology, or related field with 1 or more years of experience;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language;
• Knowledge of public health or health services research and research study design;
• Ability to work professionally and effectively with people of varying professional backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience in research design, data analysis, inference, or health care analytics;
• Three years of professional experience;
• Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work on multiple tasks concurrently;
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
• Understanding of the US healthcare system;
• Residence in the United States for at least 3 years;
• Experience with public speaking.

About the Job

Technical Advisor (Researcher 5)

Division of Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota

Are you interested in working in a flexible working environment where you can build your research skills? The Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) is housed within the vibrant research community in the School of Public Health's Division of Health Policy and Management and serves as a help desk for researchers interested in using Medicare or Medicaid administrative data for a broad range of research aims. Apply now to join our team as a Technical Advisor!

As a Technical Advisor you'll join our team of epidemiologists, public health specialists, health services researchers, biostatisticians, and health informatics specialists who have primary responsibility for providing advice to researchers from around the nation. ResDAC is the initial point of contact for any researcher in the public, private and government sectors who are seeking information about accessing and using the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrative data to study a range of topics such as health outcomes, policy, and economics. Based on your review of researchers' study proposals, you will recommend the most appropriate CMS data files. As a new Technical Advisor, you'll be part of a comprehensive training program on the use of the CMS data.

This position requires the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and the ability to work within a diverse environment. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with curiosity about research, technical aptitude and a strong desire to learn new skills. This one year postion will become annually renewable based on funding availability.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Research and answer complex questions regarding CMS data (20%);
• Act as a researcher liaison and advocate with CMS and other CMS contractors to resolve data related questions (20%);
• Conduct an independent and detailed technical review of researchers' proposals for Medicare and Medicaid data and provide feedback to researchers (20%);
• Provide individual technical consultation and assistance through phone, email, or online to researchers nationwide interested in Medicare and Medicaid data for research (20%);
• Use CMS data to help researchers understand the data (10%);
• Create educational materials to assist external researchers and/or ResDAC staff. This may include analyzing data, writing technical documents, and developing and delivering online webinars (5%);
• Develop and facilitate online and in-person training sessions for internal ResDAC staff and faculty, as well as external researchers (5%).

Starting Salary Range
$58,000-$64,000, Depending on experience.

Why work for us?
- Outstanding, comprehensive benefits package, including 22 days of vacation per year, medical and dental plans, life insurance, disability coverage, retirement savings plans, flexible spending accounts, tuition benefits, and an award-winning Wellness Program-to name a few.
- Flexible work environment
- Opportunity to use and continue to develop research and data management skills working with complex data
- Interact with researchers nationwide
- Exposure to University of Minnesota research
- Opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
- Opportunities for professional development

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

• Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
• Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
• Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
• Excellent retirement plans with employer match
• Disability and employer paid life insurance
• Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
• Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
• Student loan forgiveness opportunity
• Opportunities for growth and promotion
• Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits:

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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