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The Neuroinformatics Research Group (NRG) (http://nrg.wustl.edu) is a multi-disciplinary science and engineering lab in the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the Washington University School of Medicine.� The lab’s mission is to develop technologies to better understand the human brain and diseases that affect it.� Our primary focus is on neuroimaging methods, including MRI and PET, that yield insights into the living brain.� We support thousands of users around the world who are developing novel solutions to complex brain disorders.
We are currently seeking an outstanding and capable individual to provide data management for Human Connectome Project (HCP) studies and assist with the operational support of the HCP’s neuroimaging web application and database. Assuming you are that individual, you will manage behavioral and imaging data collected at multiple sites under multiple projects and shepherd that data from acquisition, through QC checks, processing, transfer to cloud-based storage for release staging, and ultimately through to public release. You will clean data and perform checks and validation to ensure the completeness and integrity of released data and work with study staff to resolve issues.
Your data management skills, coding abilities, communication skills, attention to detail, and desire to tackle complex problems will all be leveraged to solve the challenges presented by the unprecedented scale of brain imaging data collected by the HCP. This is a critical position in a lab tackling problems and providing open source solutions at the bleeding edge of neuroinformatics research that offers outstanding potential for growth in areas of data management and analysis, software development, systems analysis as well as web applications and database administration.
Under the supervision of the of the HCP database team lead, you will be responsible for management of data for various projects. You will be acting as the liaison between the HCP and the entities depositing data in the HCP database, working to ensure the incoming data is harmonized with existing HCP data. You will be responsible for maintaining and reviewing data transfers from study sites; executing quality control, processing and transfer pipelines on study data; cleaning and preparing data for ongoing releases; executing public data releases and ensuring completeness and accuracy of released data. You will be correcting flaws in workflows, optimizing individual workflow components, and improving data quality control and quality assurance processes.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage technical relationships with both external and internal stakeholders in support of data collection, data quality, data transfers, and ongoing data releases
Manage study behavioral and imaging databases
Clean and validate data, resolving issues with data collection staff
Plan, prepare and execute public data releases, ensuring data is ready for scientific consumption
Work with internal collaborators and external entities to model study databases
Work with scientists and analysts to determine data needs and query research relational and imaging database systems to prepare custom data extracts
Build and utilize tools and scripts to pull data from source systems, transform as necessary, and upload to cloud-based data release systems
Execute and monitor quality control and processing routines
Automate processes to improve effectiveness and efficiency
Implement, review, adapt, revise, and optimize computing scripts and pipelines
Provide support to scientific stakeholders and technical partners
Certification or degree in relevant IT technologies from a technical school or college required.
DBA experience related to this position may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for all education.
At least two years of programming or data management/analysis experience
Working experience with Python
Working experience with SQL / relational databases
Proficiency in Linux/Unix environments and one or more Linux scripting languages (e.g. Bash)
Self-motivated; willing to take ownership of a project and see it through to completion.
Ability to engage and collaborate with scientists, end users, and other research and technical staff in achieving project goals.
Attention to detail, diligence in the checking and validation of data, a strong user support ethic and the ability to deliver the highest, most consistent level of service and integrity of data to our colleagues and users
Experience with Java-related technologies
Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Hands on experience with automation of operational tasks
Prior research experience would be a plus as would experience working with imaging data
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Neuroinformatics. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $56,472 - $73,403 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Standard computer department working environment with standing, walking, and lifting less than 50 pounds required.
A moderate amount of work performed at customer site.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
This position is grade G12.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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