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SIDRA4646 - Research Specialist I - Data Science

Department: System Biology and Immunology Div
Division: Translational Medicine Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 24-Jun-2018
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards. Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is: “Sidra Medicine will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class: Patient and Family Centered Care Health Education Biomedical Discovery

Department: The Research Department will house several hundred researchers working on many aspects of feto-maternal health. It will cover basic, translational, clinical trials and informatics research. The department comprises of two research floors totaling 10,000M2 and 9 smaller “satellite laboratories” throughout the hospital. The department will house basic laboratories as well as state of the art core facilities, e.g. genomics, medicinal chemistry and imaging. The Research Department will include a GMP Cell and Gene Therapy manufacturing facility and principal investigators who will carry out IRB approved translational and clinical research studies some of which may involve the administration of cell and gene therapies.
Person: The Research Specialist I performs routine and moderately complex tasks related to administration, use and development of data mining and machine learning resources.    He/she works with general supervision. The incumbent is required to exercise judgment in making technical decisions related to delegated tasks and escalating complex issues.
Key Role Accountabilities:
  • Programs and implements data mining pipelines.

  • Performs data curation and processes biomedical research data.

  • Performs advanced analysis on biomedical research data.

  • Visualizes data analysis results in graphical representations.

  • Collaborates with other Sidra members to apply the results of research and/or develop new techniques or practices.

  • Makes recommendations to the Investigator regarding improvements in methods and processes.

  • Solves moderately complex problems and performs a specific variety of technical assignments within broader projects.

  • Contributes to ongoing research projects that include taking measurements and recording observations, collecting, compiling and processing data.

  • Assists in procurement of additional/new funding through contributions to technical proposal preparation and/or presentations.

  • Presents ongoing work and methods to research group.

  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies

  • Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values


In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills - Selection Criteria:





Bachelor’s Degree in data science related fields.



  • 3+ years of relevant experience inclusive of:


  • Experience in data processing and manipulation


  • Experience in machine learning projects


  • Experience in understanding and developing machine learning and deep learning models


  • Experience in a Linux environment


  • Experience in research and/or academic settings


  • Experience in implementing algorithms, developing research software


  • Experience in maintaining deep learning frameworks


  • Experience in Deep Learning frameworks: Keras and TensorFlow


  • Experience in medical data ontologies


  • Experience in GPU parallel implementation


Certification and Licensure


Professional Membership



Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated functional knowledge and analytic experience in relevant field.


  • Demonstrated evidence of ongoing continual development and personal development.


  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.


  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite


  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Good knowledgeabout Electronic Health Records data


  • Experience in SQL


  • Ability to perform multi-threaded programs


Other Information: This is a temporary grants position for up to one year reporting to Dr.Sabri Boughorbel in the division of Systems Biology and Immunology.
Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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