Sr Clinical Data Analyst

Location US-MA-Boston
Job Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/9/2018 3:45 PM)
Job ID
IT/Health IT/Informatics
full time



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 new clinical data assets from a variety of operational and other sources into the DFCI enterprise data warehouse (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.



  • Mapping, curating, normalizing, and harmonizing additional clinical and operational data for the enterprise data warehouse
  • Participating in the specification of policies governing research data, including security and privacy standards. 
  • Developing processes and analytics to measure and ensure the quality and completeness of research data being generated from operational and other systems. 
  • Developing and implementing a process by which external groups can access data from DFDW for research projects. 
  • Working 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. 
  • Assisting with the creation, coordination, integration, and maintenance of controlled vocabularies and ontologies used in the DFDW. 
  • 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 research analyses and visualization work in a healthcare research or clinical setting required. 
  • 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 is 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.




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