Data Scientist

at University of Chicago
Published May 16, 2023
Location Chicago, United States of America
Category Data Science  
Job Type Full-time  



BSD MED - Pulmonary - Parker Research Staff
About the Department

Dr. William Parker’s Healthcare Ethics and Allocation Laboratory (HEAL) in the Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.
Job Summary

The Data Scientist will work in collaboration with Dr. Parker, a medical ethicist and health services researcher who studies the allocation of scarce medical resources. He is specifically interested in absolute scarcity problems, where demand greatly exceeds supply, and healthcare systems cannot avoid triage scenarios. He applies advanced empirical methods to evaluate and design allocation systems according to the underlying ethical principles. His current projects focus on deceased donor organ allocation, critical care/ventilator rationing under crisis standards of care, and COVID-19 vaccine allocation.

The position will focus on the development and execution of complex data analyses and modeling projects. Databases include electronic health record datasets and national transplant registries.

In collaboration with Dr. Parker, they will participate as a skilled individual contributor and/or lead researcher, contributing his/her high-level expertise to each project’s development. 


  • Data cleaning and management.
  • Prepares analytic datasets using data analysis software (E.g. R tidyverse packages, Pandas for Python).
  • Follows the standards of transparent and reproducible data science including use version control software such as git and code with a literate programming style.
  • Anticipates data management needs, including identifying when data pulls will be necessary and obtaining newer versions of source national datasets.
  • Data visualization with appropriate statistical software, such as the ggplot2 package in R.
  • Fits complex statistical models with appropriate statistical software, such as R or Stata.
  • Trains, tunes, and tests machine learning prediction models with appropriate statistical software, such as scikit-learn, tensor flow, or pytorch packages.
  • Investigates and apply new data science methodologies to projects.
  • Reports results of data analysis, prepare figures and tables.
  • Draft and revise manuscripts for submission.
  • Prepares grant proposals.
  • Supervise medical students and other junior trainees.
  • Present research findings at meetings.
  • Analyzes moderately complex data sets for the purpose of extracting and purposefully using applicable information.
  • Provides professional support to staff or faculty members in defining the project and applying principals of data science in manipulation, statistical applications, programming, analysis and modeling.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.---
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.---


Preferred Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in statistics/epidemiology/computer science or related field.


  • Experience with electronic health record data.


Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Experience with conducting data analysis with analytic software (Stata, R, Python, etc.), query design, and presentation of data.


Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.


Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Role Impact

Individual Contributor
FLSA Status

Pay Frequency

Scheduled Weekly Hours

Benefits Eligible

Drug Test Required

Health Screen Required

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

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