Data Scientist/ Engineer


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine - The Department of Pediatrics, Kempe Center for the Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect

Working Title: Data Scientist/ Engineer

Position #793111 – Requisition #25870


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Nature of Work:

The University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a Data Engineer/Scientist. This is a full-time position that will support the Kempe Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. While this position is considered an Instructor rank by the university, there are no teaching duties associated with the position.

Kempe is a world leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. We bring together leading research and treatment professionals, policy makers and community members to make sure every child has the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment.

The Kempe Center research and evaluation group (clinical and systems) utilizes administrative data extensively to support several initiatives, many of which are supported by child welfare agencies, and UC Health and Children’s Hospital, but also from other jurisdictions and to support other research collaborations in the US and other countries (Canada and Germany among them). Each of these often require bespoke requests to the data provider organization involving multiple steps including approvals, query programming, data quality checks, data exchanges, data linkage across systems, and data analytics. The Kempe Center is also in need of this capacity to support longer term research infrastructure development (e.g., data warehousing), and as part of the basis for research and evaluation funding. These functions and others are often described as “big data” and have become part of the landscape for academic research centers.

This data engineer/scientist position is intended to support both the research and organizational needs for informatics to inform program development, and decision making. The incumbent will need to have well developed programming skills and be able to prepare and implement data queries. A critical component of the job functions will be to implement and maintain ongoing analytic data management of data sets including quality assurance. The incumbent will also need to have knowledge of and experience using child welfare systems, and be conversant with how data available from such systems are organized. Corresponding familiarity with health care data sets is also desirable, and their use will be an ongoing aspect of the job expectations. Finally, the incumbent will need to provide user training in for data products and processes.

The University of Colorado and the Kempe Center are dedicated to initiatives concerning equity, diversity, inclusion and justice (EDIJ) within the Center, as well as impacting these issues through our research, programming and in the community at large.  The data engineer/scientist can support these efforts as the Kempe Center conducts research and evaluation aimed at the safety and well-being of children of all backgrounds and identities.  Further, the data engineer/scientist will have an opportunity to develop and contribute to the knowledge base of methods for “big data” use and analysis which do not reinforce existing disparities present in child and family serving systems.

All aspects of work will require collaboration with the internal Kempe faculty and staff, School of Medicine IT staff, and our agency partners necessitating the application of team building skills.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Develop data products (e.g., dashboards) that could be shared, especially with our child welfare agency collaborators, and potentially shared via the Kempe website as a resource for the state.
  • Link complex datasets at the case or person level across data sources; for example, case information of children who received medical evaluations for abuse/neglect from CARE Network designated providers with child welfare administrative case data and/or electronic health records data from Health Data Compass datasets with reports of abuse/neglect in child welfare administrative data.
  • Ensure routine access to Colorado Department of Human Services child welfare administrative data and integration with the Child Welfare Training System Learning Management System, to yield the capacity to assess impacts from a range of staff development services, by linking the staff development services to performance information (productivity, case outcomes, etc.) available through child welfare administrative data.
  • Support epidemiologic studies using child maltreatment administrative data (child welfare and health data). Provide supports to research teams working with administrative data from a range of jurisdictions/sources (i.e. various systems, states, countries).
  • Provide supports to research teams working with administrative data from a range of jurisdictions/sources (i.e. various systems, states, countries).
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $70,000 to $90,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

    2 years experience working with large, complex datasets.Master’s degree in relevant field, including but not limited to MA, ME, MS, MPH.At least 1 year experience cleaning/organizing data for analysis.
Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must successfully pass a drug test through Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal background check
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in SQL coding for data management and extraction, as demonstrated by coursework, examples of coding projects or other documentation.
  • Prior work with a social or human service delivery system.
  • Experience developing and implementing quality assurance methods.
  • Experience developing and implementing at least one data use/sharing agreement.

  • Strong organizational, leadership, and time-management skills to help develop and grow Kempe’s administrative data research program over time.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with providers and external organizations, and other faculty
  • Ability to manage, multiple tasks, timelines, and resources.
  • Ability to run Zoom and other virtual platforms to perform meetings and trainings.
  • Ability to use Excel, PPT, Microsoft Office, and project management tools.
  • Understanding of and commitment to principles of data analysis related to disparities and intersectionality; demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with professional, administrative and other personnel; to effectively present information both orally and in written form in the office setting as well as outside the Center.  
  • Ability to perform with a high degree of independent action and to prioritize a high volume of work to achieve a high level of productivity and accuracy.
  • Efficiently construct/format/link datasets to prepare for analysis.
  • Possess expertise using relational databases.
  • Proficient in one or more of the following:  a statistical package (Stata, SAS or R), data visualization (e.g. Tableau and/or infographics), predictive modeling (e.g. logistic regression, tree-based models).

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 5, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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