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Research Analyst / System Administrator

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Grade: T28

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The Research Analyst/System Administrator (RA/SA) for the Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (CBE) will be directly responsible for managing the clinical research data repository consisting of data extracted from TUHS clinical information systems, completing data queries for large networks such as PCORI PCORnet (PaTH) and TriNetX, conducting data quality testing, and updating data content and structure. The RA/SA will also interact with technical counterparts at partner institutions who are performing similar functions there, as well as the TUHS information technology staff who manage TUHS clinical and administrative data. In addition, the RA/SA will serve as a key system administrator for REDCap, providing technical support.

Specific Responsibilities include: 
•    Actively participate in project meetings with collaborators.
•    Contribute to designing and building servers, databases and utilities as needed.
•    Install and maintain software, identify and download required data elements, perform data conversions, upload data into i2b2 framework.
•    Complete data requests using Clarity Database and McKessen.
•    Participate in implementing standard terminologies such as RxNORM, LOINC, CPT, CPT and ICD9 and ICD10 codes etc.
•    Serve as a key REDCap administrator, assuring security and functioning of this TUHS database server.
•    Support PCORI PCORnet project (PaTH); meet required deadlines for responses to queries, update the contents and structure of the common data model (CDM), conduct data quality testing.
•    Collaborate with TriNetX consulting group in creating i2b2 instance that covers all available EPIC and McKessen data.
•    Run monthly updates for both PCORI and TriNetX systems for outpatient (Demographics, Labs, Meds, Diagnosis, Dispensing, Procedures, Vitals) and inpatient (DRGs, Procedures, Diagnosis, Admission and Discharge Statuses) data.
•    Build and mainlining infrastructure for additional data requests (installing Daiquiri, running Python scripts etc.)
•    Design standard routines for data management and updates. Use OMOP Data Model for population of the data for NIH projects
•    Write SQL code
•    Design and build servers, database, and utilities
•    Use programming languages such as Python and PHP
•    Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience: 
Bachelor’s degree in medical informatics, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related field and at least four years of directly related experience including: data analysis with relational databases in a healthcare domain, SQL development, LINUX and Windows system administration, Apache Web Server, coding, and Java design/development. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:
*Ability to set up schemas and tables within traditional relational databases, especially SQL Server.
*Familiar with Web scripting language - PHP, Ruby, Python.
*Familiar with data visualization in R or with JavaScript libraries such as d3.js.
*Demonstration of exceptional written and oral communication skills.
*Demonstrated operating systems knowledge and programming and analytical skills. 
*Proficiency in MS Office including Word and Excel. 
*Strong interpersonal skills, along with the ability to interact with a diverse group of students, staff, faculty, administration, and project participants.
*Demonstrated ability to prioritize work well, focus on completion of tasks, and flexibility to sort tasks daily.
*Demonstrated ability to make decisions at times when collaboration with colleagues and supervisor is not available.
*Ability to operate all standard office equipment and software.
* Ten years of experience with the above
This position is assigned a hybrid work arrangement (on-campus and remote), the duration of this hybrid work arrangement is at the discretion of Temple University and the Department.

This position is assigned a hybrid work arrangement (on-campus and remote), the duration of this hybrid work arrangement is at the discretion of Temple University and the Department.

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations, including employment, service, and educational programs. The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Kresge Science Hall
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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