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Data Scientist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 11/10/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 01/09/2018
Working Title Data Scientist
Job Classification Systems/Programmer IV
Department Name 35222-Med-Neurological Surgery
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135854
Hiring Range $46,644.00 - $76,440.00
Position Description

The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking an experienced Data Scientist to serve under the direction of Dr. Mark Richardson, Brain Modulation Lab Director, to provide support in the following areas:

• Working with Pitt and UPMC’s IT to facilitate network configurations for lab computing environment; managing backups; designing, implementing, and maintaining hardware infrastructure (server, storage, racks, etc.); assisting with data sharing between collaborators.
• Conducting an inventory of current data (Dropbox, Synology, REDCap, etc.); assisting the team with documentation and transitioning to new systems.
• Designing relationship database(s) and file shares to be the central data repository for lab (i.e. the “Brain Modulation Lab Research Data Warehouse”); creating and maintaining ETL to automate loading data into warehouse when possible/as appropriate; conducting inventory and maintaining dictionaries for different data storage and formatting standards for easily transforming data.
• Keeping lab apprised of new tools, reviewing existing tools; providing a high-level overview of lab data (e.g. for purposes of grants, potential collaborations, etc.); assisting with analyses and proposing research questions.

Education Required PhD or ScD
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 3-5 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Proficiency in the following programs:
• Relational database design (Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise or similar)
•ETL (Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services or similar)
•Signal analysis (MATLAB 2017a or similar)

Required Licenses/Certifications


Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a PhD or ScD or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents