The Cancer Data Facilitator is both a technical resource, as well as a research process expert. This newly created position will bridge the Cancer Center with DOCTR to guide researchers through the process of obtaining clinical, genetic and/or other related data for health research in various oncology diseases. Data resources will include any available source of health information from institutional, state and national sources. Local sources of clinical data include U-M’s electronic record, MiChart, via a self-serve data discovery tool portal like DataDirect. The Facilitator will play a key role in the development and refinement of data practices which will constitute an integral part of the Cancer Center’s mission. The Facilitator position is a service-based role that includes monitoring the progress of research projects and identifying challenges to data access and data quality with the overarching goal of increasing the efficiency of data extraction process and producing data in a timely manner. The Facilitator will be the in-house expert on our research data management systems (we're currently using products called Oncore and REDCap) and will work closely with our scientists to obtain and organize research data according to emerging standards. As studies are conceived, the Facilitator will work with scientists to plan, create, and test data collection and processing workflows. In addition, the Facilitator will work among a team of data analysts and other facilitators in DOCTR to advance the infrastructure supporting cutting-edge research at U-M.
The Facilitator will need to be proficient in databases extracts using SQL and python. He/She should be familiar with the principles and practices of scientific research and project management as well as pulling data from disparate data sources, cleaning and manipulating datasets for optimal use by the oncology research community. Strong technical skills and communication skills are sought after for this position.
Shepherd researchers through the process of acquiring clinical, genetic and other data for cancer research in a compliant manner, ensuring that all regulatory and data governance requirements are met
Design and development of complex database queries for oncology researchers
Join data from various systems, disparate databases into a cohesive set for analytics
Maintain documentation of decisions made during the build of SQL queries
Adhere to data quality processes to ensure product is valid and reproducible
Work with a team of diverse, motivated individuals toward a shared mission
Interface with genetic data specialists, programmers and other experts to facilitate assembling multifaceted data sets (examples might include addition of socioeconomic, epidemiology, or GIS data)
Liaise and coordinate among data and biospecimen providers to ensure delivery or resources to end-user
Guide and support efforts to organize, format, and upload research data to repositories
Collaborate with oncology scientists to plan, create, and test the data collection and processing workflows. Through this process, document and refine procedures/standards that reflect the most efficient workflows
Create and maintain a cancer specific data kiosk/user interface to understand the data needs of researchers and assist in the ETL processing, preparation and deliverance of research datasets and periodic data updates
Work with the investigators to ensure that projects progress efficiently from approved protocols through to the completion of data or sample access requirements
A background in health-related science with a working knowledge of the fields of Information Science, Public Health or Domain Sciences with computer / computational / data specialization or equivalent experience information systems, bioinformatics,
At least 3 years post bachelor’s or master's degree experience in:
Organizing and processing large datasets with multiple types of data, human subjects research data preferred
Human subject research processes (e.g. study planning, data collection, processing, analysis; IRB, HIPAA-policies, federal agency requirements)
Strong analytical, time-management, problem-solving and decision-making abilities
Experience with translating information requirements into SQL code
Ability to work successfully in programs that span U-M with an understanding unique processes at a school/college level
Excellent communication and problem-solving skills; ability to interact with diverse individuals including PIs, research staff and management.
The skills needed to manage ongoing research processes, interface successfully with multiple partners and enhance these processes over time
Ability to manage multiple competing priorities with competing data needs
Candidate must be committed to data security and the protection of sensitive information with demonstrated knowledge of applicable data use/sharing safeguards
Proactive and creative techniques in solving researchers’ problems
Positive attitude, ability to work well with others and independently
BA/BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience with MS degree preferred
5-10 years’ experience directly related to the responsibilities specified
Experience with project management practices
Familiarity using high-throughput computing systems
Familiarity with statistical tools and practices
Enthusiasm for scientific research
We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.
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