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#110677 Data Scientist

Filing Deadline: Tue 12/7/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/11/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/20/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This is a career 50% position. The hired candidate is expected to work around 20 hours per week. This position is eligible for full benefits.

This position will remain open until filled.


Serves as the technical expert on the data modeling and data content for various clinical data sources, including but not limited to retinal imaging technologies and the EPIC Clarity database at UCSD. Responsible for specifications of data exports from clinical databases into various research applications; responsible for development of SQL and supporting scripts. Attention to optimization is necessary given the complexity and size of these databases. Other activities include participation in planning and writing grant proposals and scientific journal papers, providing training to other lab personnel, and providing technical liaison with other units in the university, School of Medicine, and Health System, as well as collaboration with external research groups and consortia.

Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced IT research professional. Uses computational, computer science, data science, artificial intelligence/ deep learning and clinical informatics CI software research and development principles, with relevant domain science knowledge where applicable, along with professional programming concepts for medium-sized projects or portions of larger projects. Develops and optimizes a variety of computational, data science, and CI research tools and components. Performs research on current and future HPC, data, and CI technologies, hardware and software projects. Works on algorithm development, optimization, programming, performance analysis and/or benchmarking assignments of moderate scope where the tasks involve knowledge of either domain/computer science research requirements and / or CI design / implementation requirements.


  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree Computer/ Computational/Data Science, or Domain Sciences with computer/computational / data specialization or related area plus three (3) years of related experience/training.

  • Intermediate knowledge of HPC/data science/clinical informatics.

  • Advanced skills, and experience associated with one or more of the following: 1) HPC hardware and software power and performance analysis and research, design, modification, Implementation and deployment of HPC or data science or CI applications and tools,2) R, Python or Matlab, 3) Application of data analytics tools/frameworks like Spark, R, TensorFlow, and PyTorch.

  • Demonstrated experience in statistical modeling and/or machine learning.

  • Advanced experience in SQL, specifically T-SQL with the ability to perform complex joins and write aggregation queries. Ability to write complex and efficient SQL scripts and procedures, including use of system and local variables, cursors, and error handling code.

  • Expert knowledge and experience in relational databases, database modeling, E-R diagrams, object-oriented systems, UML, and software engineering Experience wording with and writing code for manipulating XML.

  • Expertise in designing and implementing data warehouses and databases containing large numbers of records. Must know star-join schema. Must have the skills to create ETL scripts.

  • Advanced facility with computer system terminology and the ability to quickly absorb and interpret computer technical documentation. Proven understanding of computer internal architecture and design.

  • Ability to contribute research and technical content to grant proposals.

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization and to external research and education audiences.

  • Proven skills and experience in independently resolving broad computing/data/CI problems using introductory and/or intermediate principles.

  • Thorough experience working in a complex computing/data/CI environment encompassing all or some of the following: HPC, data science infrastructure and tools/software, and diverse domain science application base.

  • Proven ability to understand research computing/data/CI needs, mapping use cases to requirements and how systems/software/infrastructure can support those needs and meet the requirements. Ability to develop and implement such solutions.

  • Proven broad experience in one or more of the following: optimizing, benchmarking, HPC performance and power modeling, analyzing hardware, software, and applications for HPC / data / CI.

  • Experience and ability to collaborate effectively with and train all levels of staff; technical, students, faculty and administrators.

  • Exceptional analytic, inductive, and deductive reasoning skills. Proven technical leadership and team orientation.


  • Knowledge of management concepts for directing a small team of employees is desirable.
  • Experience working with healthcare or biomedical research data is highly desirable. Understanding of HIPAA and other privacy regulations is desirable.
  • Statistical experience in R.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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