Research Data Analyst

Job Summary:

The Research Data Analyst provides expertise in data management, quality assurance, analysis and reporting.  Establishes data accuracy and validity derived from a variety of systems. Performs data analysis using statistical techniques. This role researches and analyzes information using multiple databases and creates reports of data and results. Assists in the preparation and delivery of decision support reports to both internal and external customers.

Program Description:

The Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program (EDIT), housed in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), is directed by Dr. Gregory Phillips II and Dr. Lauren B. Beach (Associate Director), and attempts to foster a learning community to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations in Chicago and beyond. EDIT’s goals are to (1) be a local leader in the evaluation of interventions focused on improving the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority individuals; (2) help community agencies build capacity to strategically plan and implement and evaluate innovative and culturally responsive programming that serves sexual and gender minority individuals through the provision of tailored technical assistance; (3) use a wide array of data sources to enhance understanding of health disparities of sexual and gender minority individuals at a local and national level; and (4) share best practices and lessons learned from program evaluation and research studies with policymakers, funders, and service providers to improve community response to serving sexual and gender minority individuals.

Project Description:

The goal of this project is to use data collected within the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a biennial health survey of high school students, to assess alcohol use disparities between sexual minority youth and heterosexual youth across several jurisdictions and years. The national YRBS collected information on sexual minority status for the first time in 2015, providing the opportunity to conduct innovative research on alcohol and other health disparities on a national scale.

Job Activities:

The primary job activity will be to clean, pool, and analyze data from multiple years of YRBS administration. This will entail development of cleaning protocols, extensive documentation of programs, maintenance of large databases, and conducting advanced analytic procedures. Data analysis will be conducted primarily with SAS, SAS-Callable SUDAAN, and Stata.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Develop standardized templates, policies, and procedures for internal and external reporting.
  • Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Discuss findings with senior management.


  • Develop queries and quality metrics.
  • Interprets results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to more complex statistical analysis.
  • Manages complex databases.


  • Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
  • Reviews data and identifies quality issues.
  • Presents findings in an appropriate manner.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years data analysis/report writing or similar experience required.
  • Please see information highlighted below-
    • Infrastructure (extends across applications): Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook).
    • Programming Languages and Frameworks: SAS, SUDAAN.
    • Analytical: Data warehouse design/develop.
    • Project: Code documentation, collaboration and teamwork, organizational skills, workflow development & documentation.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Prior experience in complex data analysis and working with large datasets.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  • Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  • Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Experience working in public health research.
  • Experience working with LGBT individuals.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
  • Ability to receive and benefit from feedback.
  • Willingness to expand skill set and improve.
  • Ability to write scientifically for dissemination activities.

To Apply: To apply for this position, navigate to and apply for job ID 35707

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

ISGMH Diversity Statement: ISGMH’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated. Through its work, ISGMH advances the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals. Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among ISGMH staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences. We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.