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Position TitleData Scientist

Company Information

The Boston Cooperative Studies Program Informatics Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System has a full-time Data Scientist opening for individuals who love working with data and want to use their data science skills to help VA researchers conduct high-impact research that expands our understanding of human health and improves healthcare outcomes for Veterans. You will join a strong, collegial, diverse, and talented team of computer scientists, statisticians, and clinicians at the VA. VA Boston is the largest recipient of VA research funds in the nation, was named among the Top 100 Places to Work by the Boston Globe, and is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the BU School of Medicine.

Duties and Responsibilities

Core responsibilities
● Use advanced data analysis methods (from machine learning, artificial intelligence, applied statistics, etc) to assist in building predictive models of healthcare outcomes from the largest integrated medical records database in the United States, with comprehensive clinical information on over 22 million patients (2 trillion+ rows, 22,000+ columns of data), including large amounts of both structured and unstructured data
● Extract, clean, and validate data in preparation for analysis, starting from raw data in a large relational database
● Carry out exploratory analyses and prepare reports summarizing our analyses
● Collaborate with a range of researchers, including clinicians, computer scientists and statisticians to design and execute analyses
● Assist in developing improved data science methodology in relation to healthcare data
● Assist in publishing papers on our findings, systems, and methodology

Position Qualifications

Qualifications
● Undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field (computer science, statistics, informatics, physics, computational biology, etc.)
● Proficiency in programming with R and/or Python to carry out data analysis in large and complex datasets
● Experience working with relational databases using SQL or willingness to learn
● Ability to move projects forward independently with moderate support
● Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
● Passion for advancing healthcare research through creative use of data
● Strong communication and collaborative research skills required
● Experience using version control and reproducible research (git, knitr, etc.) is preferred
● Experience with electronic medical record data or clinical databases preferred