Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years relevant experience
Core Skill Preferences
The person in this position will perform a variety of programming tasks in support of the big data team. Our team builds and maintains large-scale clinical research data repositories, which contain data gathered from the EMR and across the clinical enterprise. We transform the data to make it more suitable for data-mining and research as well as build tools that allow researchers to explore and interact with the data. This person's main focus will be developing software tools to fulfill phenotype requests and automate common analysis workflows. This will include developing complex SQL scripts for data analysis and extraction, developing and maintaining programs as required for the ETL process, keeping accurate and complete project documentation, performing quality testing and data assurance, and working with project managers and team members to satisfy research needs. The person in this role will need to be adaptable and be able to pick up whatever new skills and expertise are needed to complete the project at hand.
Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Transformational Research (VICTR):
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has recently been chosen by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to be the Data and Research Support Center for the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, a landmark study of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors affecting the health of a million or more people, federal officials have announced. This initiative will be driven by large-scale clinical research data repositories, which contain data gathered from the EMR and across the clinical enterprise. We transform the data to make it more suitable for data-mining and research as well as build tools that allow researchers to explore and interact with the data. This person's main focus will be developing software tools to fulfill phenotype requests and automate common analysis workflows. This will include developing complex SQL scripts for data analysis and extraction, developing and maintaining programs as required for the ETL process, keeping accurate and complete project documentation, performing quality testing and data assurance, and working with project managers and team members to satisfy research needs. The person in this role will need to be adaptable and be able to pick up whatever new skills and expertise are needed to complete the project at hand.
The mission of VICTR is to transform the way ideas and research discoveries make their way from origin to patient care. This is accomplished using a multi-faceted approach: through collaboration with a wide variety of research partners; by training, nurturing and rewarding participating researchers; by funding research; by developing new and innovative ways to involve the community in research; by developing new informatics and bio-statistical systems; and by making available the latest technologies and sound research results affecting patient care.
This position will develop and modify software under occasional guidance; design, code, and perform benchmark testing, as well as debugging and documentation of programs. Implement small projects or components or large projects. Ability to solve medium to complex problems through the following technical core competencies:
Application Development: Demonstrates proficiency of programming and other development tasks independently and without support from others for moderate to difficult applications. Has conducted all of the tasks and activities required to complete the applications development phase and participated in the process of fully implementing the system. Able to successfully debug complex routines. In terms of structured programming, has used structured code to produce modules of straightforward logic.
Applications Development Standards and Procedures: Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate knowledge of applications development standards and procedures in practical applications of moderate difficulty. Is attentive to existing applications development standards and procedures, and may recommend improvements to existing applications development standards and procedures within the work area.
Applications System Analysis: Has some training in basic systems analysis tasks. Participated in one or more systems analysis tasks such as: collection of documents, user interviews, file analysis, process flow charting, functional process modeling, data modeling, feasibility, prototyping, and evaluating existing systems. Able to analyze information and verify its completeness. If applicable, has knowledge of the concepts of structured functional specifications, modularity and partitioning.
Applications System Design: Demonstrates the ability to conduct systems design tasks in a team environment or independently to build or enhance a simple system. Has conducted the basic phases of systems design including preparing design and file specifications, preparing testing, conversion, and implementation plans, designing system architecture and process flows, and preparing program requirements and specifications. Creatively generates multiple potential solutions. In terms of structured systems design, if applicable, has participated in the structured design of one or more conventional, relatively uncomplicated data processing systems as a member of a project team. Is familiar with standard methods for functional decomposition. Has participated in structured design walk-throughs.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for ensuring high-quality organization of research data.
Responsible for maintaining and analyzing large research databases including those containing high-dimensional biomarker and outcomes data.
Contribute to study design as well as creation and implementation of analytical plans for specific research projects or a set of research projects.
Experience working with and managing large datasets is required.
Experience with contemporary statistical software (R, STATA, and/or SAS) is strongly preferred.
Excellent English oral and written communication skills are required.
Candidate must be highly organized and have attention to detail.
Able to multitask and assign priorities in a busy environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with a dynamic team.
Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects' rights and individual needs.
Internal Number: 1905791
About Vanderbilt Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As th...e largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.