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NC TraCS Institute – Biomedical Informatics Service – Graduate Research Assistant

Department Overview:

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute is one of 62 medical research institutions, funded through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program at the National Institutes of Health, working together as a national consortium to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country ( The Biomedical Informatics Service of NC TraCS supports investigator studies with innovative technology and advanced analytics.

Position Description:

We seek a highly motivated and technically skilled graduate research assistant to join our team. The GRA will support objectives and tasks connected to establishing a clinical data research network (CDRN) with peer institutions in North and South Carolina. Tasks will include:

  • Assist with development of methods for de-duplication of patient information across North and South Carolina
  • Assist with the linking of patient information with external data sources
  • Assist in the research and development of a secure computing environment in a network setting
  • Assist with analytics and visualization of clinical data shared among institutions in the CDRN
  • Assist with clinical data validation

This position will be ideal for a student enrolled in an informatics or computer science program who would like to be a part of an innovative and cutting-edge data science project while developing skills in biomedical and health informatics. Applicants should expect to gain foundational knowledge in federated data networks and detailed information on the use, management, analysis and protection of protected health information for research purposes.

This position is a one-year, 20 hour/week appointment with potential to renew for a second year.  Compensation includes a stipend, tuition and fees and health insurance.

  1. Enrollment in a graduate program
  2. Required technical skills include:
  • Ability to write complex SQL queries
  • Programming experience (Java, C++, Python, etc.)
  1. Preferred skills include:
  • SAS or R experience
  • Understanding of computer networking and/or virtualization principles
  1. Ability to work independently, while also collaborating with a team, in order to achieve project goals
  2. Ability to manage tasks, adapt to changing needs and meet project milestones
  3. Ability to prepare detailed documentation on project development

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter via email, with the subject line “Graduate Research Assistant Application,” to Kellie Walters, Program Coordinator at NC TraCS ( The application deadline is Friday August 28, 2015.

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