This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Position hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Institute for Informatics on the Medical School Campus.
This position will play an integral role in the recent partnership between Washington University researchers and Centene Corporation, a large managed care organization. This role will support the university’s larger Personalized Medicine Initiative, which aims to develop customized disease treatment and prevention for patients. Innovations that arise from the initiative will be commercialized through the ARCH Personalized Medicine Initiative. Reflecting the philosophy of both institutions, ARCH is designed to accelerate the development and implementation of affordable and accessible health solutions to the public, using the intellectual property developed from this research.
Under the supervision of the primary investigators, the staff scientist will conduct and facilitate the research portfolio, including implementing an informatics pipeline for the deep phenotyping of targeted patient cohorts. Primary duties in this regard will include the development and testing of innovative algorithms and tools used to extract, codify, represent, and summarize patient and population-level features from the contents of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and complimentary clinical information systems or sources.
The staff scientist will also assist in the review of various research projects, preparation and publication of results.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Following instructions and discussions with informatics faculty and research manager, design research protocols, including developing procedures for the collection, verification and storage of clinical data.
Perform and conduct research using computational and statistical analysis techniques on data collected and write interpretative reports. Verify the accuracy of submitted data and make recommendations based on these analyses.
Document research topics and prepare papers and presentation materials based on research work for publications and committees for publication or presentation to peers.
Assist the Project Management Office (PMO) with Centene grant reporting requirements.
Solve practical problems relating to difficulties with data collection, analysis, software tools and other computing resources. Suggest technical or procedural improvements in software and testing methods.
Conduct literature review related to research project.
Master’s degree with 4 years of experience in research lab operations or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 9 years required.
PhD in biomedical informatics, computer science, data science, statistics, public health, allied health, basic science, or similar degree.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in computer science, data science, statistics, biomedical informatics, healthcare systems and healthcare delivery.
Analytical skills, including advanced statistical modeling skills and computational techniques including machine learning and text mining.
Deep knowledge of computational and statistical analysis methods and experience with various software languages and packages (e.g. R, Python, SPSS, STATA, SAS, etc.).
Strong experience in conducting research on large datasets and implementing data analysis pipeline including data collection, preprocessing, modeling and visualization.
Demonstrated capability in conducting rigorous health research.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of healthcare research, policy, and data.
Previous experience in a high-performing office environment.
Great attention to detail.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to respond to quick deadlines.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure.
Self-starter and strongly motivated.
Must possess initiative, discretion and mature judgment.
Ability to be an excellent team player.
Analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data and to communicate data in a clear, concise manner.
Superior computer literacy, including the ability to use a variety of software programs to analyze data.
The hiring range for this position is $46,779 - $63,170 annually.
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Works in laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Must be physically able to wear protective equipment.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
This position is grade R10.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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