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RTI is hiring a Research Data Scientist to support our Center for Health Data Analytics.  This role will be located in any one of the following RTI locations: Waltham, MA; Research Triangle Park, NC; Washington, DC.

This role provides a unique opportunity for a candidate with strong analytic and healthcare data experience, and equally strong communication and strategic planning skills, to shape and strengthen RTI’s Center for Health Data Analytics (CHDA) public health and clinical informatics capabilities and project portfolio.
CHDA staff provide analytic development and statistical programming expertise to transform expanding and diversifying data sources into meaningful evidence. Our experienced team of over 40 research programmer/analysts identify, extract, structure and link complex, multi-source healthcare data to be analysis-ready, to address research questions across the population health and health services research spectrum.

We are expanding our analytic capabilities to build and support a portfolio of public health and clinical informatics projects, and to strengthen our natural language processing and predictive modeling capabilities. We are seeking candidates with technical, analytic, content and planning experience with the same, to shape and support this expansion.

Duties and responsibilities to include, but not limited to;
  • This role requires a blend of data and analytic expertise, coupled with strategic planning experience around business development, project portfolio development, and identifying/building cross-organizational collaborations.
  • About half to two-thirds of this role will include project contributions across an array of healthcare and informatics projects. Project work will include research question design, analytic plan development, and data analysis and model-building using traditional (e.g., claims) and emerging (e.g., semi- and unstructured EHR streams, wearables) healthcare data sources.
  • The remainder of this role will include working closely with the CHDA Director and other senior staff to contribute to strategic planning efforts to expand staff analytic capabilities around natural language processing and predictive modeling, and planning efforts to expand our portfolio of informatics projects requiring application of these capabilities.
  • This role will contribute to proposal writing, business development and client management, that will increase over time.
Required Education/Qualifications
  • Masters degree or higher in biomedical informatics, epidemiology, biostatistics, quantitative social or natural sciences, public health and/or computer science.
  • Six or more years applied experience across the following technical, analytic, data and content areas:
  • Technical software/platform: one or more of: SAS, SQL, R, Python, Stata
  • Analytic: analytic file creation, natural language processing and analysis of semi- and unstructured clinical data, predictive modeling (traditional and machine learning)
  • Data: analysis and linkage of large, complex, transactional and relationally-structured healthcare data (e.g., insurance claims, EHR clinical/financial/event log, disease registry, consumer/patient wearables, etc), including semi-structured and free-text clinical data
  • Content: strong understanding of how and where healthcare data are created, their flow through various entities and systems, and effects of this on curating and analyzing these data for secondary-use purposes (e.g., research, population/public health surveillance); experience with medical coding systems and taxonomies (e.g., ICD-9/10, CPT, HCPCS, NDC)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated history of: (Proposal writing, scope of work development, and other business development activities, Professional conference and/or journal contributions)
  • Ability to work creatively and flexibly in a team environment, with experience identifying and constructing multi-disciplinary, collaborative project teams to tackle novel analytic problems
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.
  • Must have lived in the United States for at least 3 of the past 5 years.

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.
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