• Sr. Clinical Data Analyst, Research Data Services

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 10 months ago(12/17/2018 12:59 PM)
    Job ID
    IT/Health IT/Informatics
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    The Senior Clinical Data Analyst will be responsible for data needs related to the DFCI research community, including: managing the coordination, standardization, harmonization, quality assurance, and documentation clinical data assets from a variety of operational and other sources into the DFCI enterprise data curation platforms (DFDW); working with research teams to identify research data assets from the DFDW for use in research applications and databases, including structured and unstructured data; and working collaboratively with the Informatics staff to develop improved access to research clinical data through the Oncology Data Retrieval System (OncDRS) and the DFDW.


    The Senior Clinical Data Analyst is responsible for identification, analysis, specification, integration, and quality assurance of research data in the DFDW. In this capacity, the incumbent will report to the Team Lead of Research Data Services and work closely with Data Services to identify and analyze potential data assets and integrate these assets into the DFDW. The incumbent will be expected to manage this process with minimal guidance, from specification gathering through deployment, including liaising and coordinating with external groups, producing detailed project plans, specifying underlying data components, and working alongside the existing Informatics technical and operational teams to ensure seamless integration and implementation within the existing Informatics workflows.


    • Map, curate, normalize, and harmonize clinical and operational data, including structured and unstructured, to support the enterprise data curation platforms.
    • Analyze data in source systems to determine data relationships, element meaning, and business value. Work with source system experts to learn about systems, identify data elements, and data collection business processes.
    • Profile data to determine table design and element usefulness.
    • Develop processes and analytics to measure and ensure the quality and completeness of research data being generated from operational and other systems.
    • Work closely with Informatics and other enterprise groups on enterprise-wide data/metadata documentation, data model specification, and the application of ontologies and terminologies to ensure the quality and usability of data for research users.
    • Work closely with leadership to prioritize business and information needs.
    • Responsible for the security and confidentiality of private clinical and financial information.



    • Bachelor’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, Biostatistics or research-related program required; graduate degree preferred.
    • 5+ years of experience performing data analysis in clinical research analyses and visualization work in a healthcare setting required
    • Experience performing data analysis in the field of oncology
    • Strong skills in analysis using SQL; experience with data analytic and visualization software, including SAS, R, SPSS, Tableau, Spotfire, or BusinessObjects, required.
    • Strong knowledge of data housed in electronic medical records, cancer registries, and other healthcare systems as well as medical terminologies, controlled vocabularies, ontologies, HIPAA regulations and industry standards, required.  Knowledge of Oncology data and related areas strongly preferred.


    • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively communicate, collaborate, and drive discussions that enable consensus-based solutions with cross-functional teams including both clinicians, scientists, technical and non-technical/scientific/medical staff.\
    • Excellent problem resolution and analytical skills with meticulous attention to detail.
    • Strong organizational skills including an ability to establish priorities, exercise good judgment, meet deadlines, and ensure issues are addressed in a timely manner.
    • Ability to adapt to frequent changes in priorities and demonstrate the ability to manage many moving pieces and projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to effectively conduct meetings, both formal and informal including departmental and clinical user meetings.
    • Self-motivated, possessing the ability and to learn quickly work under minimal supervision in complex environments.
    • Ability to consistently and ethically represent the interests and mission of DFCI and act on behalf of its current and future patients.

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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