Open Position for Data Scientist - Join the Ken Kennedy Institute Team

The data scientist will manage clinical research projects involving the application of novel machine learning algorithms; identify core requirements and key stakeholders for successful project completion; and identify project bottlenecks, find solutions..

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Join the Ken Kennedy Institute Team. Apply now for the Data Scientist position. Apply at: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/24862.

Open Date: 10/19/2020

Close Date: 11/02/2020

Salary Information: $54,100-$89,300

The data scientist will manage clinical research projects involving the application of novel machine learning algorithms; identify core requirements and key stakeholders for successful project completion; and identify project bottlenecks, find solutions, and push project implementation forward. S/he will manage all aspects of data access and data cleaning/standardization in order to prepare raw data for feature creation. Successful candidates will work within multiple teams and need to be self-driven and comfortable working independently.

This is a benefits eligible two-year term limited position with the possibility of extension based upon need and available funding.

Education Required: Master's Degree

Substitution for Education Requirement: May substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement.

Education Preferred: Ph.D. or an advanced degree in computer science, math, statistics, physics, computational biology, or a closely related field.

Experience Required: 5 years

Type of Experience: Related experience in computation and data.

Substitution for Experience Requirement: May substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred:

  • Experience which may include experience gained as an undergraduate/graduate student or training gained subsequent to graduation is acceptable
  • Experience in Python
  • Experience applying statistics to clinical data
  • Experience applying machine learning algorithms to clinical data
  • Experience in cloud environments
  • Experience with Linux and Spark (or related)
  • Experience in imaging data
  • Experience in designing and implementing efficient algorithms
  • Experience in application and design of machine learning algorithms to large data sets
  • Experience developing data pipelines that include model application

License/Certification Required: None

Skills Required:

  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication, analytical, and research skills
  • Superior scientific and numerical skills with meticulous attention to details and accuracy
  • Proficient and comprehensive knowledge of information management, knowledge management and publication management
  • Ability to work in a team environment, to participate actively, to collaborate and to motivate others in the lab
  • Excellent critical thinking, technical, data collection and interviewing skills
  • Excellent statistical and graphical analysis skills
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety and/or infection control standards
  • Ability to plan and schedule effectively

Skills Preferred:

  • Excellent teamwork and orgnaizational skills
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment on a wide range of projects
  • SQL ability and knowledge of relational databases, data modeling, and schema normalization techniques
  • Knowledge of patient databases

Internal/External Contacts:

  • Internal Contacts - Contact with Rice University leadership, faculty, students, and staff
  • External Contacts - Contact with industrial partners, corporations, government agencies and officials, NGOs, and foundations

Physical Demands: Requires working in front of a computer for extended periods of time (up to eight hours per day)

Working Conditions:

  • Typical office environment
  • Monday-Friday: 8a.m. - 5p.m.
  • May be required to work overtime and/or weekends to support programs, to meet deadlines, or in the event of an emergency

Essential Personnel: Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility: Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, cosnideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the RIce community and with the public.

Security Sensitive: As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts complex independent specialized research and experiments
  • Collects, tracks and analyzes data using spreadsheets and databases
  • Communicates the results of research through verbal presentations, written reports, and written articles submitted for publication
  • Monitors research budget
  • Assists in the administration of research project
  • May lead a team of research personnel
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Additional Functions or Information:

  • Manages clinical research projects involving the application of novel machine learning algorithms
  • Identifies core requirements and key stakeholders for successful project completion
  • Identifies project bottlenecks, finds solutions, and pushes project implementation forward
  • Manages all aspects of data access and data cleaning/standardization in order to prepare raw data for feature creation
  • Collaborates with Rice faculty to apply and develop data science and machine learning algorithms for clinical data
  • Collaborates with data team to provide information and decision support
  • Creates presentations which communicate data insights and findings with external technical and non-technical audiences
  • Functions as part of multiple teams across institutions
  • Coordinates with multiple scientists to move grant process forward
  • Develops and writes high-quality grant proposal narratives and supporting documents
  • Supervises and shepherds papers derived from projects
  • Manages and trains graduate students when applicable
  • Communicates with research partners to improve the research infrastructure
  • Leads in the development of modules and tools to perform various tasks as required

Link: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/24862