Job description

Requisition Id 8179


The Information Technology Services Division in the Business Services Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking qualified applicants for a Data Engineer position for an embedded research project. The research activities include HIPPA compliant research data that has been entrusted to ORNL. As such, you will have the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging and impactful research and development programs in healthcare informatics, bioinformatics, and computer science.

This position will work directly within a medical research data project as part of the research team to deliver reporting workflows as well as data management and data lifecycles. As a Data Engineer, you should be comfortable around Linux, SQL, Python, Containers, Pandas, Spark, and source control in a high security environment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

As a Data Engineer you will be responsible for:

  • Developing high-scale, robust data warehouses, and data lakes with special focus on the state-of-the-art solutions for healthcare, life sciences, and genomics.
  • Interfacing with research teams to understand data needs, and providing subject matter expertise to research teams, and other team members about the data models, query optimizations, and schema interpretation.
  • Designing, building and launching new data/study marts for the major national research programs.
  • Designing, building and launching new data quality, data extraction, transformation and loading processes.
  • Designing and developing architectures for intake, curation, organization, and dissemination of data in support of data science and related disciplines.
  • Designing and development of high-performance database architectures.
  • Researching and evaluating the state-of-the-art data and information management technologies.
  • Working on a variety of data assignments; collaborate with scientists and engineers, and expect to produce reliable data products and systems.
  • Experience working with Big Data processing frameworks such as Spark and Pandas
  • Strong experience with relational SQL and python programming languages

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, or closely related field
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in database design and development.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, or closely related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in basic and advanced SQL, database programming, and scripting languages (Python preferred).
  • 5+ years of experience in data warehousing systems and database system administration.
  • Expertise with SQL Server is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in designing analytics data systems (OLTP, etc.).
  • Familiarity with Big Data and NoSQL architectures.
  • Demonstrated experience with collecting, organizing, storing, and preparing data analysis.
  • Ability to conduct tasks independently and communicate effectively to team members and stakeholders.
  • Experience with heath care informatics, and clinical data is highly desired.

Special Requirement:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

Benefits at ORNL:

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.

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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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