Open Positions

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Biomedical Informatics periodically seeks candidates for faculty, staff, post-doctoral, student, and internship positions. Please see the individual sections below for current opportunities.

You can also review Vanderbilt's HR site for external applicants for current open positions here.

VUMC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Please contact elizabeth.a.brown@vumc.org for more information regarding available positions in VUMC DBMI or its Centers. 

  • There are currently no faculty positions open at this time. Please reach out to Mia Garchitorena at mia.garchitorena@vumc.org for more information on potential and future opportunities.

  • The Center for Improving the Public's Health Through Informatics (CIPHI)

    Members of the Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics (CIPHI) are looking for TWO application developers to join the team. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and two years of SQL experience

    Application Developer (1) - CIPHI

    Updated April 2022

    Designs, models, and develops data models and ETL solutions necessary for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence solutions, under occasional guidance. Provides support services for database object creation, performance, monitoring, tuning and capacity planning. Builds physical data structures. Enforces policies and procedures for maintaining the security and integrity of the database Implements small development projects or components of large projects.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Maintains primary responsibility and oversight for multiple large patient databases with millions of rows of data.
    • Designs, develops, modifies and implements database systems programs and applications using T-SQL, Data Modelling, and Relational Database design.
    • Actively writes SQL queries with minimal supervision from faculty supervisors.
    • Serves as technical resource to users and others in the research group in the field of database management.
    • Liaisons with information architects to develop data models for the repository.
    • Supports Informatics and clinical research personnel for database manipulation, data cleaning, and analysis activities.
    • Actively identifies and participates in training, education and development activities to improve own knowledge and performance to sustain and enhance professional development.

    APPLY HERE

    Application Developer (2) - CIPHI

    Updated April 2022

    Designs, models, and develops data models and ETL solutions necessary for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence solutions, under occasional guidance. Provides support services for database object creation, performance, monitoring, tuning and capacity planning. Builds physical data structures. Enforces policies and procedures for maintaining the security and integrity of the database Implements small development projects or components of large projects.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Maintains primary responsibility and oversight for multiple large patient databases with millions of rows of data.
    • Designs, develops, modifies and implements database systems programs and applications using T-SQL, Data Modelling, and Relational Database design.
    • Actively writes SQL queries with minimal supervision from faculty supervisors.
    • Serves as technical resource to users and others in the research group in the field of database management.
    • Liaisons with information architects to develop data models for the repository.
    • Supports Informatics and clinical research personnel for database manipulation, data cleaning, and analysis activities.
    • Actively identifies and participates in training, education and development activities to improve own knowledge and performance to sustain and enhance professional development.

    APPLY HERE.

    Senior IT Project Manager - CIPHI

    Updated February 2022

    Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, Co-Director of CIPHI, is looking for a Senior IT Project Manager with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 5 years experience required

    The Senior IT Project Manager will be responsible for the following:

    • Planning and managing multiple complex technical projects and all their phases of activities independently.
    • Identifying appropriate resources needed and develops schedules to ensure time completion of project.
    • Coordinating the activities of the team by becoming familiar with system scope and project objectives, as well as the role and function of each team member.
    • Managing and participating in, all technical aspects of projects related to biomedical informatics to support objectives as well as prepare project summaries and reports. 
    • Coaching the development of other project managers. 
    • Coordinating activities of the project team under occasional guidance and by becoming familiar with system scope and project objectives, as well as the role and function of each team member.
    • Implementing small development projects or components of large projects. Ability to solve medium to complex problems.

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.

    Research Coordinator - CIPHI

    Updated February 2022

    Independently direct and manage research activities; responsible for management and coordination of numerous research studies and personnel at multiple study centers and organizations; educate staff on project research protocols; act as central resource person. Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 5 years experience required. 

    Key Responsibilities: 

    • Coordinate research activities at multiple study centers
    • Act as liaison between investigator, agencies, sponsoring companies, and other participants.
    • Supervise and coordinate the collection and dissemination of subject/patient study data
    • Serve as co-investigator on research studies
    • Implement research protocols
    • Assist in the development of research designs, diagnostic and treatment protocols
    • Research and analyze project components
    • Conduct data analysis and provide written analysis
    • Provide instruction on research protocols including interpretation of test results, observations, and related study data to physicians, nurses, professors, teachers, and technician involved.
    • Instruction provided in an understandable manner
    • Supervise research staff, students and others involved with research protocols
    • Coordinate, assign and review work of others as it relates to research studies.

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.


    Staff Scientist - Jake Hughey Lab

    Updated February 2022

    The Hughey Lab is seeking a Staff Scientist to lead projects using genomics and electronic health records to quantify the effects of daily rhythms on human health. The successful applicant will contribute to the research directions and culture of the lab. We’re looking for someone who is independent, eager to improve, and not afraid to make mistakes. Doctorate/PhD and 2 years experience required

    Responsibilities will include:

    • Designing and conducting independent research
    • Writing manuscripts and giving oral presentations
    • Mentoring and collaborating with other members of the lab

    The focus of the lab is on using computation to understand biological systems, and the computational tools we develop are designed for various types of biomedical data. We are particularly interested in the circadian system, the network of internal clocks that drives daily rhythms in our physiology and behavior. The lab is part of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Vanderbilt Center for Precision Medicine. For more information, visit https://hugheylab.org.

    Assists the Principal Investigator with grant and manuscript preparation. Independently carry out and design highly sophisticated and independent experiments. Mentor and train graduate students and post doctoral fellow in developing their research projects.

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.

    Statistical Analyst - Jake Hughey Lab

    Updated February 2022

    The Hughey Lab is seeking a Statistical Analyst to join our team. The successful applicant will contribute to the research directions and culture of the lab. We’re looking for someone who is eager to improve and not afraid to make mistakes. Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience required

    Responsibilities will include:

    • developing and applying computational methods to analyze biomedical data
    • using knowledge of statistics and biology to draw rigorous conclusions
    • communicating findings through written reports and oral presentations
    • collaborating on research projects with other lab members
    • taking initiative to acquire new knowledge and skills as needed

    The focus of the lab is on using computation to understand biological systems relevant to human health and disease. The computational tools we develop are designed for various types of biomedical data, including genomic data and electronic health records. We are particularly interested in the circadian system, the network of internal clocks that drives daily rhythms in our physiology and behavior. 

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.


    Staff Scientist - Colin Walsh Lab

    Updated February 2022

    The Walsh Lab translates Healthcare Data to Action through Machine Learning and Decision Support for vulnerable populations like those with suicidality and mental illness. A core aspect of this Staff Scientist position will be to independently design and carry out sophisticated data analyses and to contribute to algorithm development and validation on a number of active projects. Doctorate/PhD and 2 years experience required

    • Our research focuses on the application of data science to complex healthcare data to enable mental, behavioral, and population health. Our collaborators are internists, psychiatrists, psychologists, engineers, epidemiologists, statisticians, community case managers, mobile crisis teams, and more.
    • We translate our predictive algorithms through informatics and implementation science to the point-of-care. We have partnered with other research teams around the world to glean insights from these complex data to predict and prevent self-harm and to improve mental health.

    Assists the Principal Investigator with grant and manuscript preparation. Independently carry out and design highly sophisticated and independent experiments. Mentor and train graduate students and post doctoral fellow in developing their research projects.

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.


    Application Developer - Robert Carroll

    Updated February 2022

    Robert Carroll, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, is looking for an application developer to join his team. Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience required. 

    The application developer will develop and modify software under occasional guidance. Designs, codes, performs benchmark testing, debugging and documentation of programs. Implements small projects or components or large projects. Ability to solve medium to complex problems. 

    Key Responsibilities: 

    • Develops or modifies software
    • Ensures appropriate documentation for all development and modification
    • Ensures integrity and security of institutional data

    Core Accountabilities: 

    • Organizational impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance. 
    • Problem solving/complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgement.
    • Breadth of knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area.
    • Team interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members. 

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.

    IT Business Analyst - Robert Carroll

    Updated February 2022

    Robert Carroll is looking for an IT business analyst to join his team. Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience required. 

    The business analyst understands business needs and defines technology and services requirements to maximize value under occasional guidance. Uses analysis techniques to lead change activities. Implements small projects or components of large projects. 

    Key Responsibilities: 

    • Provides leadership, expertise and guidance on strategic business change projects
    • Provides business analysis on projects including engagement and stakeholder management 
    • Leads business change and defines business requirements and processes on projects

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.

  • Center for Knowledge Management - Knowledge Fellowship Opportunity

    Posted February 2022

    The Center for Knowledge Management (CKM) (https://ckm.vumc.org/) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) offers a one-year Knowledge Management Fellow appointment. Bachelor's degree required. A master's or PhD in the field of medical librarianship or in a field related to knowledge management (information science, library science) is preferred. High consideration will also be given to individuals with a master's in English and/or Education. 

    This one-year term position is designed to provide training in a dynamic health care environment where fellows have unique opportunities for advanced knowledge management training in precision medicine, evidence provision, and biomedical informatics.  It also offers unique exposure to all facets of a dynamic, innovative, and internationally-recognized knowledge management setting.

    Although not guaranteed, an opportunity of continued employment may be offered at the end of the one-year term position given appropriate demonstration of skills/knowledge, successful completion of initial training, and mutual agreement that CKM is a good fit for the candidate.  

    Application Instructions:

    1. Navigate to the following link: https://www.vumc.org/careers/
    2. Select “External Applicants” from the right side of the screen.
    3. Search for the job code “2111182" in the Keyword field under the tab titled “Job Search.” Find job link here.
    4. Select the “Knowledge Management Fellow” link listed under the Requisition Title.
    5. Select “Apply Online” and proceed with the application.
    6. Under the tab titled “Resume,” please attach your current resume as a Word or PDF document.
    7.  Under the tab titled “Additional Attachments,” please attach the following: 
      1. Submit a cover letter the explains why you feel you are a good fit for this position.
      2. Continue to complete the application. Under the tab tilted “Work Preferences,” please select “Days” from the list of Preferred Shift options.
      3. Continue to complete the application. Under the tab titled “References,” include the names and contact information for the individuals you selected to provide the three signed recommendation letters attached previously in the application.

    Wellcome Leap Multi-Channel Psych Program - Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

    Posted January 2022

    The Walsh Lab is recruiting a fully-funded, 3-year postdoctoral position to participate in the Wellcome Leap Multi-Channel Psych Program. This lab is the VUMC team co-leading the Modeling and Model Integration Thrust Area of this program. 

    Along with Vanderbilt Engineering and the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, led by Professor Janos Szitspanovits and Co-PIs Professor Sandeep Neema and Professor Xenofon Koutsos, our team has the rare opportunity to develop end-to-end modeling architecture to improve treatment for anhedonic depression. Workinig with a dozen internationally-renowned labs around the world, we are developing informatics solutions to synergize modeling research using clinical, multi-omic, imaging, and behavioral data collected on diverse cohorts with depression. 

    Qualifications: 

    • Kindness, commitment to joining a friendly and respectful lab culture with diverse learners of all backgrounds
    • Experience with healthcare data
    • Python and/or R experience
    • Interest in and track record in applied predictive modeling

    For more information and to apply, please email Project Manager Katelyn Robinson at katelyn.robinson@vumc.org and PI Dr. Colin Walsh at colin.walsh@vumc.org


    Postdoctoral Opportunities – Biomedical Informatics and Data Science

    Posted September 2021

    The Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University is accepting applications from postdoctoral trainees interested in the field of biomedical informatics and data science. 

    Our department is the largest academic department of biomedical informatics in the country, with more than 75 faculty members and a portfolio of research and development projects in fields as diverse as translational bioinformatics, clinical informatics and decision support, and biomedical data science. Trainees have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of informatics, explore research interests, join a thriving community of faculty, students, and alumni, and prepare for their research-focused career. 

    Candidates with graduate preparation in biomedical informatics or a closely allied field may apply for a non-degree postdoctoral position focused on mentored research. Candidates interested in formal informatics training may apply for a degree-seeking postdoctoral fellowship to complete the MS in Biomedical Informatics in addition to doing mentored research.

    Applications are being accepted for start dates of (a) fall 2021 and (b) summer 2022.

    For more information, please visit https://www.vumc.org/dbmi/education or contact Rischelle Jenkins (rischelle.jenkins@vanderbilt.edu).


    Postdoctoral Opportunities – Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC)

    Posted May 2021

    The Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC) is accepting applications for postdocs interested in working on clinical informatics-related research projects. If you would like to be considered for a postdoc role, please email a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references to Elise Russo (elise.russo@vumc.org) and Adam Wright, PhD, Director of VCLIC (adam.wright@vumc.org). 


    Postdoctoral Fellowship in High-Throughput EHR Phenotyping – The Wei Lab

    Posted March 2021

    The Wei Lab in the Center for Precision Medicine was founded to enable better research through better electronic health record (EHR) based phenotyping. Wei-Qi Wei, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Informatics, is looking to recruit talented postdoctoral researchers with a passion for science to support numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants in the area of EHR phenotyping, natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, PheWAS, and Pharmacogenomics research.

    Under Vanderbilt's Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) Office, the program will provide RCR training, high-standard Individual Development Plans (IDP), and the Career Development Programs. 

    Applicants must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical informatics, medicine or a related field. Programming skills are required. A background in mathematics, computer science, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, medicine, and/or genetics is preferred but not required. 

    Positions are available immediately. Applications will be evaluated as they are received. To apply, please send an email to Drs. Wei-Qi Wei (wei-qi.wei@vumc.org) and Henry Ong (henry.h.ong@vumc.org) with your statement of purpose (1 or 2 paragraphs), full CV, and contact information for three references. 

  • Please reach out to Kim Unertl, PhDDirector of Graduate Studies, and Rischelle Jenkins, Program Manager for DBMI's Masters/PhD Program, for more information on educational opportunities.