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JOB: Center on Medicine as a Profession is hiring a programmer

Center on Medicine as a Profession is hiring a programmer.

“The task is to scrape data about pharmaceutical company donations off  Pdfs on pharma companies’ sites and use them to build a searchable database and website.  The model we’re following is ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs site —   This is how ProPublica did it

Description: The Center on Medicine as a Profession seeks a Research Associate for a new research initiative. The project will create, maintain, and update a queryable database of payments to a variety of medical organizations that will enable users to analyze the impact of these payments on health policy. A website will also be designed to host the database. The Associate will work on all aspects of the project with primary responsibility for creating and maintaining the database. He or she will also be involved in creating reports based on the information in the database, researching and preparing memorandums and manuscripts, contributing to the intellectual quality of the project, and conducting various administrative tasks and related duties.

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered:

– Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in computer science, statistics, applied math, or a quantitative social science
– Experience in authoring, maintaining and updating a queryable database using appropriate computer languages (such as Ruby, Django, Java or Python)
– Experience with data scraping and data cleaning techniques that allow programmers to detect and remove errors or inconsistencies from a database
– Coding experience

Applicants should have:
– Demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary academic setting
– Strong organizational, interpersonal, analytical, and research/writing skills
– 2 year commitment preferred
– Highly organized with great attention to detail
– A good problem-solver with evidence of sound judgment
– Independent and able to take responsibility for meeting deadlines
– Highly skilled in written English with the ability to organize materials and formulate cogent arguments
– Some knowledge of issues in health care, medicine, and advocacy.
– Culturally sensitive, decisive, and of total integrity
– Experience in designing and building a website with tools such as HTML preferred

Applicants must include a sample of their work that demonstrates their skills in the development or statistical analysis of large data sets.

How to Apply: Please apply through Columbia’s jobs website at

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