University of the Witwatersrand

Data Scientist (Laboratory diagnostics) - Two Year...

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Key performance areas

  • Assist in organizing, conceptualizing and conducting large, advanced spatial analyses as part of a team.
  • Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
  • Review existing or incoming data for accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
  • Performing data cleaning to convert data into its desired form.
  • Develop geodatabase schemas and analytical methods needed to support project goals.
  • Analyse and report on patterns and trends through spatial mapping of data.
  • Perform literature searches in order to supplement specialist knowledge and support healthcare policy and decisions.
  • Communicate and collaborate with team members and individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, both technical and non-technical.


Required minimum education and training

MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Science, Biostatistics/ Epidemiology, or a related field.


Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities

  • Advanced GIS software knowledge and experience including Esri GIS core products (e.g., ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online)
  • Intermediate knowledge of programming languages (e.g. Python, R) and relational database management system software (e.g. SQL)
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and statistical software programmes (e.g. STATA, SAS, SPSS)
  • Good understanding of geospatial (GIS) reporting
  • Understanding of the design of database architectures, data warehouses, data migrations, visual design/ dashboards
  • Research interest in priority diseases
  • Knowledge or interest in epidemiology practices
  • Knowledge of data quality management practices and data security and privacy
  • Advanced communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure
  • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize tasks within multiple ongoing projects
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail

Required minimum work experience

1-3 years of professional work experience including experience with laboratory data analysis.

Closing Date: 13 May 2022

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Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, please send an email to ngaju@witshealth.co.za. The subject heading of the email must read Data Scientist and the job title of position applying for. Please include the following documentation:
  • A cover letter (maximum one page) that clearly states which vacancy you are applying for
  • A detailed CV


The Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates. Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications unsuccessful.

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