Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The University of Washington Department of Laboratory Medicine is a large (over 900 employee) department based at the University of Washington Medical Center on the Seattle campus. Our clinical and research activities include operation of the clinical laboratories that perform testing for the hospitals and clinics of the UW Medicine system, and extensive research and method development to advance the field of Laboratory Medicine. UW Laboratory Medicine is a highly complex department responsible for providing laboratory results for patients at both Harborview and University Medical Centers. Those results are populated into multiple computer systems used by physicians providing patient care. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing applications and interfaces that accurately represent laboratory data used in direct patient care, support laboratory operations.Our Laboratory Medicine Department has an outstanding opportunity for a CLINICAL LABORATORY DATA SCIENTIST. The person in this role will provide analytical and infrastructure support for a large academic clinical laboratory. Through the collection of diverse operational, financial, and clinical data and the accompanying development of dashboards and ad hoc analyses, this position will help improve the quality, safety, and value of the laboratory services we provide patients. This position will work with faculty members, laboratory managers and bench staff, laboratory informatics staff, and programmers to assess functional requirements of various stakeholders and integrate data from multiple sources to inform decision-making and operational improvements. We are seeking candidates with considerable experience querying SQL databases and programming with Python and/or R who will be comfortable working in both Linux and Windows environments. Prior experience querying, analyzing, and storing laboratory and other health care data is preferred. This position provides opportunities to work in a challenging and rewarding environment and help improve the quality of patient care, the cost of delivering care, and the financial performance of the organization.The person in this role is expected to be familiar with the complexities of querying and analyzing data in multiple software environments, communicating with faculty and staff with varying degrees of comfort with data analyses, developing requirements documents, coordinating efforts with laboratory programmers and informatics staff, and applying best practices in maintaining software (using version control; software design, testing, and deployment; and maintaining documentation).Responsibilities:Apply SQL and other programming languages in multiple software environments to perform analyses, interpret data, transport data securely for long-term reuse, and document software development.Write SQL queries (primarily PostgreSQL and SQL server) to extract laboratory information system and electronic health record data for downstream analysis and use in dashboards.Analyze and integrate data to produce a combination of business intelligence-style metrics and more sophisticated statistical analyses with one or more programming languages intended for complex data operations (such as Python and R).Perform data cleaning and data validation activities.Securely move and interact with data in a variety of computing environments (including Windows and Linux servers).Design and develop quality, operational, and financial dashboards as well as validate and securely distribute underlying data in collaboration with a diverse group of laboratory, clinical, and administrative stakeholders.Meet with requestors (departmental faculty and staff) to elicit functional requirements and develop clear specifications.Document requests for analyses and dashboards and assemble project plan in collaboration with informatics faculty and other informatics staff.Prototype and validate dashboards or other tools to assist requestors interact with data, using tools available to the department and institution (eg. Python, R, Tableau).Manage the storage and organization of laboratory and other health care data using both commercial and open source software, as functional and technical requirements dictate.Collaborate with informatics staff to configure dashboards and other self-service analytics tools for secure access.Coordinate with informatics staff to ensure consistent flows of data from source information systems to databases used by Laboratory Medicine via automated data transfer tools.Based on requestor needs for analyses and dashboard needs), design and implement data structures that support efficient access to data for applications (eg. developing generalizable SQL views for use in multiple dashboards).Requirements:Bachelor's in Computer Science, Engineering, mathematics/statistics, sciences, social sciences or related fields AND 2-3 years experience in:SQL relational database management systems.Computer programming in a language suited for statistical analyses such as Python or R.Developing software using modern tools and procedures for version control, unit testing, documentation, and code review.Linux or other Unix-like environments.Excellent spoken and written communication and documentation skills.Experience working with diverse stakeholder groups to develop analyses and dashboards or other visualization tools.Desired:MS or PhD degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics/statistics, sciences, social sciences, or related. Experience in:Clinical or research laboratories.Querying and analyzing clinical and biomedical research data.PostgreSQL.SQL Server tools and Windows database management tools.Configuring ETL processes for data warehousing.Applying machine learning and predictive analytics techniques.Manupulation and analysis of large data sets.Cloud computing services such as Amazon AWS. Business Process Management systems and frameworks.Development of or contribution to open source projects. This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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