Data Programmer

Job Description

Regular full-time position located in Cambridge, MA.

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is a leading non-profit, non-partisan economic research organization, devoted to studying and disseminating information about the U.S. and the global economy. The NBER coordinates and distributes research by more than 1,500 economists associated with North American colleges and universities, and hosts research meetings for the academic community.

Position Purpose The backbone of NBER's research activity is data. This position requires the professional to work with researchers to explore, procure, & curate data from various sources, make them “research ready” and help researchers use the data.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities The following represents a list of essential duties and responsibilities; other duties may be assigned as required.

  • Process medical claims data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other private insurance providers, ensuring harmonization across years and datasets
  • Process and convert datasets into commonly used statistical software formats.
  • Develop and oversee Unix file structure for CMS and other restricted access data
  • Develop and maintain clear documentation, including within GitHub, to enable use of data resources by researchers, students and community members
  • Ensure compliance with applicable data use agreements
  • Review data output from projects using restricted access data to ensure compliance with confidentiality restrictions
  • Explore, procure and curate various public use datasets, or other confidential/proprietary datasets that will be useful for researchers
  • Make public use datasets available in an organized manner on the NBER website
  • Maintain an organized list of government data releases
  • Serve as a resource for data users, helping users navigate the NBER computing resources and/or with usage of statistical software

Minimum Required Technical Skills and Qualifications

  • Proficient in SAS and Stata, including experience working with large data sets, and other statistical software.
  • Knowledge of one or more of R, Python, C, C++ or other programming language and willingness to learn new programming skills
  • Knowledge of data processing and Unix/Linux based systems, and programming tools
  • Understanding of, and ability to comprehend, datasets with an eye toward their usage for different research projects
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize work assignments and complete tasks correctly and on time


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, computer science/data science or related field.

For more information on the NBER, please visit our web site at No phone calls, please.

The NBER is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. The NBER will make reasonable accommodation for any disabled applicant, and will provide assistance to disabled applicants as needed during the application process.

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