University of the Witwatersrand

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

Job description

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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How To Apply

Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, please send an email to 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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