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Data Scientist
University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, California
Date Posted 05/18/2022
Admin-Computing-Database Administration
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Full Time


Job Summary

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced research professional with a full understanding of in-depth statistical analyses and / or research software programming techniques. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Conducts research in Artificial Intelligence for medicine. Involves building multi-modal databases consisting of text, numbers and imaging data already within electronic health records at UCSF medical center and using this database to train machine learning models towards enhancing ophthalmological disease diagnosis and management. The Data Scientist will drive original research, and, if interested, mentor students, present data at scientific meetings and collaborate with experts in industry. Must be comfortable cleaning data, building & interrogating databases, and analyzing & interpreting complex datasets to advise clinicians on study design and analysis.
Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Involves compiling, analyzing, and interpreting a wide variety of clinical research data. Designs and conducts research including selecting data samples, analyzing collected information according to established statistical methods, building research tools and developing recommendations based on research findings. Prepares presentations and publications to interpret and communicate data and results. Research will involve clinical application in ophthalmology (eye care), with an emphasis on glaucoma.

Department Description

Ophthalmology became established as a department separate from Otolaryngology in 1912 at the University of California San Francisco. Since that time the Department of Ophthalmology has grown steadily and today includes the clinical facilities of three major hospitals. The Department of Ophthalmology is organized around faculty members with subspecialty skills and expertise. The department combines one of the nation's leading vision research programs with outstanding clinical care. The research and multicenter clinical facilities of the Department of Ophthalmology comprise the Beckman Vision Center.
The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology is one of the leading ophthalmology departments in clinical care, training, and research nationwide. The Department of Ophthalmology is a one of the largest recipients of federal grant funds among peer departments.  We are ranked 1st in National Eye Institute Funding and 2nd in overall National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in the country. Additionally, we have been the #1 recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness funding nationwide with nearly $1.2 million granted in a single year. Overall, the Department has a wide-ranging portfolio of 60 active research grants.

UCSF’s renowned eye care services has a new state-of-the-art home. In November 2020, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision opened its doors. Located at UCSF's Mission Bay Campus, the center houses the Vision Clinics, where many of UCSF's eye care programs relocated, as well as research and teaching facilities. Ophthalmology conducts its patient care, teaching, research, and public service activities currently at multiple UCSF campuses: Parnassus, Mt. Zion, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC), San Francisco General (SFG), East Bay and Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay and in Oakland. The Department sponsors numerous invited speakers, research seminars, journal clubs, as well as a postdoctoral training program focused on mentorship, networking, and recognition. The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology consists of approximately 300 FTE’s (including UCSF Health employees) including faculty, basic scientists, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, residents, fellows, clinical, research and administrative staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area (e.g., computer science, biomedical engineering)
  • Proficient in 1 each of database (e.g. SQL or R), statistical (e.g. SAS or STAT), and programming languages (e.g. python, C++, JavaScript)
  • In-depth experience with database management, query, mining and reporting software’s
  • Good communication skills to facilitate project milestones
  • Self-motivated, organized, good attention to details

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in related area
  • Experience in operating deep learning models
  • Background in big data statistics and/or informatics; Experience with inferential biostatistical approaches (e.g. regression analyses) and informatics-based machine learning approaches are preferred
  • Experience with large health care-related datasets (e.g., electronic medical record, insurance claims, and/or medical imaging data). Understanding of secure cloud computing infrastructure for data management of protected health information is helpful.
  • Experience contributing to scientific writing

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at diversity.ucsf.edu

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Job Code and Payroll Title

006257 RSCH DATA ANL 3

Job Category

Professional (Non-Clinical), Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

99 - Policy-Covered (No Bargaining Unit)


Hybrid-Remote, Mission Bay (SF)

Additional Shift Details

1 year contract M-F 8-5

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