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ANALYST, IT, SR - Heart Center SBR

Duke University
Heart Center SBR

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School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining data-driven software solutions within the scope of DIHI projects. This position will directly support DIHI portfolio projects and will collaborate with data engineering and solution architect team members to ensure that machine learning models are effectively developed and integrated into clinical care. This position will interface directly with clinical end users to identify relevant data sources, data elements to include as predictors, validate outcome definitions, and support the development and implementation of clinical workflow applications. This position will work closely with the DIHI portfolio and product managers to ensure that technology solutions effectively address real clinical problems. Lastly, this position will help teach students and trainees involved in DIHI workforce development programs.

This position will possess expertise in statistics, machine learning, software development, and data engineering to effectively develop machine learning solutions to improve care at Duke Health and beyond. This position will maintain comprehensive and contemporary knowledge of machine learning and software development best practices, with a focus on model development and validation. This position reports directly to the DIHI Program Director.

Duties and Responsibilities of Position:

  • Data Curation, Harmonization, and Quality Assurance
  • Works with clinical end users, project managers, and diverse stakeholders to ensure that relevant input data are gathered to develop algorithms for validated outcomes
  • Interacts directly with relevant data sources, including electronic health record, claims databases, and a variety of relational and NoSQL databases
  • Performs quality assurance on all data gathered for projects and ensures that data are sufficiently conformant, complete, and plausible for downstream analyses
  • Assists with epidemiological and observational studies to assess problems within the health system and ensure that models address real problems
  • Development, validation, and implementation of machine learning systems
  • Works directly with data science lead, quantitative science trainees, and clinical trainees to develop and validate machine learning algorithms
  • Develops utilities and frameworks to standardize and enhance the development and validation of machine learning systems
  • Develops and updates monitoring systems to ensure that any implemented machine learning model continues to perform as specified
  • Reviews code and performs evaluations of previously built machine learning models before integration into technical infrastructure
  • Maintains contemporary knowledge of advances in machine learning to ensure that emerging technologies are incorporated into DIHI development efforts
  • Development and maintenance of technology infrastructure to support portfolio of machine learning systems
  • Works directly with data engineering and solution architect team members to optimize technology infrastructure for rapid implementation of machine learning systems
  • Identifies opportunities to enhance data structures to enable more effective maintenance and updating of machine learning systems
  • Develops utilities to enable comparison of multiple model versions integrated into infrastructure and rapid updating and evaluation of new model versions
  • Project and research management
  • Works with DIHI director and clinical and operational leaders to scope analyses and studies to gather data and assess problems within the health system
  • Communicates results of analyses and models to technical and clinical audiences to support technology adoption
  • Writes and disseminates material related to data science and machine learning technologies to describe innovation and impact to internal and external stakeholders
  • The position assists and leads in performing the following functions:

    1. Develops, evaluates, and implements machine learning models built for DIHI projects
    2. Curates and normalizes data and assesses data quality to ensure that data are fit-for-use for development of novel data science and machine learning systems
    3. Develops and maintains technology infrastructure optimized for model deployment, monitoring, and updating

    Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    • Strong background leading complex projects that span multiple disciplines
    • Strong background in Python programming
    • Strong background in statistics with experience developing, evaluating, and implementing machine learning models
    • Strong background working with relational databases and using SQL.
    • Prior experience with clinical, EHR and/or administrative health data required.
    • Strong knowledge of machine learning methods, software development, and presentation techniques.
    • Experience working closely with data scientists, data engineers, solution architects, and business analysts bringing software products to market.
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving ability.
    • Healthcare/Research industry experience required.
    • Excellent written and oral communication

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Education: Bachelors degree in a statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science or related quantitative field is required.
    • Experience Preferred experience: position requires one year related experience, either full-time or distributed among multiple part-time positions.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Data science / machine learning with healthcare data
    • Knowledge of software development, machine learning, and technology infrastructure

    Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


    Read our Diversity Profile History

    Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

    As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

    Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

    Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

    Mission Statement

    Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

    “To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

     “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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