Pharmaceutical Ontology Data Scientist (1237-679)

Posted on Nov 17, 2018 by US Pharmacopeia (USP)

Rockville, MD 20847
Health Care
31 Oct 2018
Annual Salary
Full-Time

With nearly 200 years of history, over 800 expert volunteers, nearly 1000 full-time staff, and terabytes of structured and unstructured data, USP is an organization with rich information assets and a wealth of internal and external expertise. The Research & Innovation department is seeking a one-year fixed-term science fellow to develop a prototype knowledge/expertise search and management tool to help identify staff with specific skills and expertise.

The vision for the prototype uses robust USP taxonomies/ontologies that need to be developed, appropriate technology tools and a staff dataset to help identify staff with specific skills and expertise independently of their role or department. Therefore, in collaboration with Information Technology, other knowledge management initiatives, and the Science Division leadership, the successful candidate will define the scope of the "skill seeker" prototype, define and implement it and any necessary information collection and management tool prototypes (e.g., a compendial science ontology / taxonomy, staff data collection), and evaluate the performance of the prototype.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Develops a prototype ontology/taxonomy for USP compendial science Defines scope and business requirements for the prototype
  • Identifies existing ontologies/ taxonomies, data stores, and query tools for potential use in skill-seeker
  • Describes high-level functional architecture including sources of input data, storage mechanism, data query, and results visualization
  • Integrates ontologies/taxonomies into a skill-seeker prototype demonstrating key functionality such as input, storage, retrieval, analysis, visualization
  • Builds skill-seeker prototype
  • BS with 2 years of relevant experience in computer or data science; or MS. Relevant fields of study include data / computer science, linguistics, library information science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or pharmacy.
Basic Qualifications
  • BS with 2 years of relevant experience in computer or data science; or MS. Relevant fields of study include data / computer science, linguistics, library information science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or pharmacy.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in the storage and retrieval of scientific data elements
  • Experience utilizing current web standards (e.g., foundational technologies for Web 3.0 / the semantic web), including both front- and back-end technologies
  • Experience in usage of data models and classifications
  • Experience developing databases, ontologies, user interfaces, with a desire to become proficient in all
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly become competent in technical IT areas
  • Familiarity with vocabulary standards, e.g., RxNorm, LOINC, UNII codes Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes
  • Possesses attention to details in documentation
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to effectively communicate outputs to both lay and technical audiences
  • Experience with planning, tracking and performance management of programs/ initiatives
  • Excellent written, oral and presentation skills

Supervisory Responsibilities None. Job Location Rockville, Maryland, United States Position Type Co-op

Reference: 559289616

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