Database Analyst/Programmer Sr

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The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is seeking to hire a skilled individual with a
background and interest in data collection for clinical research projects, including the data that will populate a
large ophthalmology electronic health record repository our department is building. The employee will support
researchers performing health services, population health and outcomes research related to vision by
recruiting patients and obtaining data directly from them to integrate into the repository, as well as from
electronic health records, diagnostic equipment, and other sources. They will also perform data cleaning and
data analysis activities on the data collected. The successful candidate will work with a dynamic team of
researchers, statisticians, and IT professionals and coordinate activities related to the development of the

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


  • Perform data extraction activities at the Kellogg Eye Center and community offices
  • Assist with data management and database building
  • Regularly maintain dashboards to coordinate data intake and processing
  • Coordinate incoming data into the repository from different sources and staff members
  • Obtain data directly from patients to integrate into the repository 
  • Prepare supporting materials for grant applications and clinical studies 
  • Assist with regulatory, compliance, and IRB paperwork for the repository 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Bioinformatics, Data Science, or a related discipline 
  • Intermediate level knowledge of Structured Query Language and SQL databases
  • Some knowledge of Python, Javascript, or other popular scripting languages.
  • Some familiarity and comfort with command-line environments (Linux terminal and/or Microsoft Powershell)
  • Excellent office computer skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to receive and convey information clearly and concisely
  • Ability to work successfully with a diverse team in a collaborative fashion
  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under time constraints
  • Candidate must have a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness 

Desired Qualifications*

  • A minimum of 2-4 year's work experience in a research or related technical field
  • Experience using SAS or R a plus
  • Familiarity with and interest in data visualization technologies a plus
  • Experience using D3.js a plus
  • Some knowledge of Structured Query Language and SQL databases
  • Familiarity with ophthalmology a plus
  • Familiarity with object oriented design principles a plus
  • Knowledge of modern HTML5 technologies and CSS a plus

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.