The University of Calgary

Data Scientist, Community Health Sciences, Cumming...

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Position Overview

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Data Scientist. This Full time Fixed Term position is for approximately 22 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Director of the Centre for Health Informatics.

The Data Scientist will oversee computer and data management development and support for the Southern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (SAPCReN) and the regional component of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN). This will involve work with existing CPCSSN teams in Alberta and across Canada to provide project management, leadership, and guidance to ensure the successful completion of the project. Additionally, the incumbent will also oversee technical data-focused projects using advanced statistical knowledge alongside clinicians and principal investigators in the field of primary health care research.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Works closely with the members of SAPCReN, CPCSSN, Department of Family Medicine, Centre for Health Informatics, and Alberta Health Services to provide data science leadership and biostatistical consultation for research projects
  • Develops and executes strategy for EMR data science (including data quality and enhancement) in Alberta and contributes nationally
  • Lead the development and analysis of case definitions for EMR data
  • Contributes to the progress of routine EMR-administrative data linkage in Alberta, including the creation of clinic-based EMR mapping files and novel linkage methods
  • Prepares methods and reporting tools to assess EMR data in Alberta
  • Develops advanced machine learning and natural language processing methods for data improvement and health research projects
  • Provides biostatistical support (e.g. analytic plan consultation/development and analysis) for research projects within the Department of Family Medicine
  • Conducts EMR data extraction, transformation and standardization using complex, automated algorithms
  • Contribute to the improvement of algorithms to extract, clean, process and standardize EMR data
  • Maintain high data security standards and stewardship for EMR data in Alberta
  • Communicates technical concepts to lay persons and develop educational materials and workshops to advance research capabilities of Cumming School of Medicine scientists
  • Writes summaries of data analyses as needed for scientific presentations and manuscripts

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • PhD in Biostatistics, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, or related field required
  • At least 5 years experience working with EMR databases
  • Advanced working knowledge of Python and SQL
  • Ability to perform advanced analyses of large complex EMR data
  • Experience developing, validating and applying machine learning algorithms in EMR data
  • Ability to design analysis plans for research projects, and to develop and maintain data documentation
  • A deep understanding of predictive modeling and statistical concepts, machine learning approaches, and critical thinking ability to develop advanced methods to innovate health data science
  • Familiarity with health classification systems is required
  • Knowledge of primary care settings in Alberta and Canada is required
  • Project management skills are an asset
  • Leadership experience and ability to work under pressure has been demonstrated
  • Experience with presenting administrative data topics to multidisciplinary audiences (training, seminars, conference talks, etc.)
  • Must be able to protect sensitive health care and research data & understand regulations and policy from both the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (FOIP & HIA) and the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB)
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed publications and/or contributions to open-source projects available on GitHub is an asset
  • Ability to clearly communicate statistical concepts in lay language to health researchers and clinicians required
  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable

Application Deadline: May 6, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university - a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation's most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada's top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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