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Research Programmer

Job ID 682-3

Mathematica Policy Research is a pioneering nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving public well-being. Our diverse and dedicated staff conduct policy research, data collection, and data analytics that meet the highest standards of quality and objectivity, working with decision makers across the public and private sectors. Drawing on more than 40 years of experience in disability, early childhood, education, family support, health, labor, and nutrition issues, our multidisciplinary staff develop innovative approaches to helping our clients and supporting effective, data-driven decision making.

We currently have openings for Research Programmers in the Human Services business unit. As a Research Programmer, you will be part of our research team in either our Princeton, NJ, Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL, Oakland, CA, or Washington, DC office locations. We offer employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership. We provide generous paid time off and in some locations an on-site fitness center.

We are seeking Research Programmers to perform tasks in the following areas:


  • Write programs in SAS, Stata, or R to extract, clean, and format data and to create variables for use in analyses

  • Construct datasets and prepare data files from survey instruments

  • Produce descriptive statistics

  • Perform statistical analyses of data

  • Prepare tables and graphs based on data analyses

  • Interpret data outputs and articulate findings to researchers

Data Management:

  • Assist with data management and analysis of federal, state, and local information systems.
  • Perform software quality assurance and testing, including the development of testing tools using a variety of technologies including Microsoft Office, SQL, .NET, C#, Python, R, and SAS among others.
  • Provide technical assistance to federal and state agencies on performance measurement, performance analysis, data quality, and reporting and validation software.
  • Assist in the development of reporting specifications and user manuals.

  • Assist in the definition, specification, and documentation of data and security requirements.


  • Assist with writing reports and memos

  • Conduct site visits and/or interviews with organizations and study participants

  • Assist with any other project activities as needed

Project Management:

  • Track financial progress of projects using Excel

  • Prepare monthly assessment reports

  • Assist with budgeting and contract proposals


  • Strong educational background and a BA/BS in relevant field (economics, public policy, sociology, statistics, mathematics, operations research or political science)

  • 0 - 1 year of programming experience in an internship or academic environment using SAS, Stata, R, Python or a similar language. GIS experience is a plus.

  • Demonstrated interest in data management and or program operations through relevant job or academic experience.

  • Familiarity with data profiling and analysis using Excel, VBA and/or SQL is a plus.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial are sufficient), and salary requirements. If possible, please submit a short programming code sample (SAS, Stata, R, or Python). You will be asked to attach these materials during the online application process.

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA;

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.

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