Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Research Assistant - CTSA Informatics

From the Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics

The Biomedical Informatics Core of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is seeking a self-directed and enthusiastic Research Assistant. This position will support the development and evaluation of a innovative new inter-institutional research project involving the development of a clinical data-querying tool to support translational research, and will assist the PI in project coordination between the 3 partners of the pilot project; the University of Washington, University of California, Davis and University of California, San Francisco.

The position will be closely involved in the definition and implementation of evaluation processes as part of the development lifecycle, and will include defining and supporting processes such as surveys, pre and post qualitative assessment and tool and process usability. The ideal candidate would have experience in software design and development, qualitative evaluation and research design methodologies, as well as an interest in the information domain and challenges associated with modern biomedical research.

The student would be expected to work closely with the UW PI's in the Division of Biomedical Health Informatics, as well as coordinate with other researchers at the other consortium partners. This position starts as early as 10/1/08 and ends 06/31/09 with the probability of an extension through 10/31/10 if desired. This project has a significant opportunity for novel research and student authorship.

Required qualifications:

  • Be able to work independently but also under direct supervision.
  • Must have proven project management/research coordination skills.
  • Be able to effectively consult with faculty, staff and partners about project and software issues.
  • Strong technical skills, including practical application development experience (personal or professional)
  • Experience with Unix/Linux operating systems
  • Experience in qualitative evaluation methodologies
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve technical problems in an independent manner. Proven ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • First year graduate student or higher standing
Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in usability evaluation
  • Prior publication and research experience
  • Experience with LAMP/Java development environments
  • Familiarity with clinical information systems
  • Biomedical informatics experience or equivalent
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV attention Nick Anderson at Box 358051 or via email to