Job description

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

We are hiring immediately for a Data Scientist I to join the UTHealth McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics in Houston, TX 77030. In this role you will analyze and interpret data from multiple sources to efficiently guide business and clinical customers for a variety of projects. The ideal candidate for this role will be proficient with statistical packages, data base, and programming languages for use with large data sets.


Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees
  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)
  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!
  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)
  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as...

  • Free financial and legal counseling
  • Free mental health counseling services
  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs
  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.
  • Resources for child and elder care
  • Plus many more!

Position Summary

The Data Scientist – Level I is a skillful team player with a clear track record of transforming data into actionable insights and knowledge. This individual is a deliberate and systematic scientist who can clearly articulate the hypotheses to be tested, practice with rigor and precision, and maintain a balanced/independent point of view to achieve valid and accepted findings. Uses social determinants of health data sets in conjunction with administrative claims and electronic health records to measure the relational impact of these variables when applicable.

It is essential for this person to be a very effective communicator who can guide business and clinical customers to understanding of applied methods, rationale, statistical validity and the appropriate application of insights.

Position Key Accountabilities

  • Supports faculty and clinical, business and research customers with data science services on a variety of projects which may include clinical operations, hospital quality/safety, finance, supply chain, practice management, population health, personalized medicine and translational research.
  • Builds models that incorporate diverse data sets representing administrative, clinical and social health indicators when applicable.
  • Apply a variety of methods such as statistical analysis, data mining, predictive analytics, time series analysis, multivariate regression analysis, statistical process control and optimization solutions.
  • Perform as a results-oriented problem solver to quickly synthesize complex scenarios, connect abstract patterns/information, apply appropriate methods, and implement practical and timely solutions.
  • Demonstrate and embrace a collaborative approach to fully realize the talents of colleagues such as data stewards, IT staff, business analysts, business stakeholders and industry experts.
  • Assess the impact of computer networking and data warehousing on data use and analysis when applicable.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Proficiency with statistical packages, data bases and programming languages for data preparation, storage, transformation, analysis or visualization. Examples include R, SAS, STATA, SPSS, Matlab, SQL, Python, Hadoop, Pig, Hive, MapReduce, Java Tableau, Excel or other big data frameworks.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of data formats/sources such as relational databases, XML, JSON, CSV, text, sensors/activity trackers, clickstreams, social media, and geolocation
  • Effective communication skills including written, oral, listening and interpersonal.

Minimum Education

  • Master’s degree in health care, management, mathematics, engineering, informatics, or a related field

Minimum Experience

  • 1 year of enterprise experience as a data scientist, informaticist, statistician, senior analyst or related role

Physical Requirements

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code

  • 51.215

Residency Requirement

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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