Scientific Data Curator 2 (1 Year Fixed Term)

Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Scientific Data Curator 2 (1 Year Fixed Term)

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Prof. James Zou in the Department of Biomedical Data Science is looking for a Scientific Data Curator 2 to work on knowledge extraction from biomedical literature as a part of the ClinGen project. The candidate should have substantial experience in natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning, as demonstrated by previous projects and publications, as well as an interest in clinical genetics. The position is for one year with possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement. The Scientific Data Curator 2 will conduct research using informatics tools and methods. Participate in the development of web-based databases used to solve formal and practical problems arising from the management and analysis of scientific data.

Duties include:
  • Identify and acquire new data for inclusion in the database; collaborate with other labs for the purpose of gathering more information to be included in the database.
  • Review submissions to the database for quality and relevancy; abstract information in the required formats.
  • Write papers drawing from information submitted to the database.
  • Work with users to determine ways of using the information in the database, which may include the development of new user interfaces; work with developers to translate the needs of the users into new functionality.
  • Promote the database to researchers as a tool to be used in their research and as a way to gather more content.
  • Identify new functionality and user interfaces that would enhance the use of the database.
  • Compile and create educated summaries of the literature, discovering new facts by analyzing the collected data.
  • Participate in presentations and demonstrations of the database at conferences or other institutions.
  • Collect and analyze information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and through direct submissions; abstract data into the required format, and verify them for accuracy.
* - Other duties may also be assigned. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Enjoys writing and public speaking
  • In-depth training and knowledge of natural language processing
  • Detail-oriented
  • Familiarity with publicly available biological databases such as dbSNP, ClinVar
  • Master's degree in scientific field and three years of relevant experience or combination of relevant experience.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to learn and utilize relational databases, data integration, and statistics.
  • Strong written and oral English communication skills.
  • Computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to understand scientific literature, experimental procedures and their limitations, and current needs of the research community.


  • Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping. Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May work extended or non-standard hours based on project or business needs. Occasional local travel may be required.
  • Some work may be performed in a laboratory setting.

Job: Information Analytics

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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