Nationwide Children's Hospital

Data Scientist II - Epilepsy Research

Posted Date 3 months ago(2/13/2024 4:19 PM)
Requisition ID
Information Technology


The IT-RI division of Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) is seeking a motivated Data Scientist who will be a catalyst for evidence-based decision-making and a contributor to the advancement of NCH as a data-driven enterprise. Ideal candidates should enjoy flexing their data analytics muscles to solve intriguing clinical or research problems that may directly or indirectly impact clinical care and business operations at NCH. The work has the potential to have long-lasting positive impact on our pediatric patient population and help NCH to achieve best outcomes in care delivery. The Data Scientist position will be part of a team of highly capable Data Scientists and Analysts, most having MS or PhD degrees in academic disciplines related to analytics or computer science.


The Data Scientist will contribute to the implementation of a cohesive, powerful, and actionable long-term Data Science strategy involving the analysis of large complex nephrology and urology data sets to discover hidden patterns, trends, and associations in support of research, operational, and clinical objectives. The Data Scientist will partner and consult with NCH stakeholders to identify opportunities to apply advanced analytic solutions, understand requirements, translate requirements to analytical problems, and provide effective data analytic solutions. The successful candidate will work primarily on data science projects involving important research to improve epilepsy care delivery and associated health outcomes. This work will be performed in close collaboration with pediatric neurologist and epileptologist clinician researchers and faculty at NCH.


The candidate should be able to leverage both structured and unstructured data sets to create analytical solutions using tools and/or methods in at least one of the following areas: statistical and predictive modeling, machine learning, natural language processing, and geospatial analysis. The ideal candidate will be able to effectively and efficiently manage data analytics projects. The candidate must have exceptional verbal and visual communication skills suitable to all levels of internal NCH stakeholders and external audiences. The ability to tailor communications to both technical and non-technical audiences will be particularly important.


The IT-RI division of NCH’s Information Services department has a diverse and dynamic portfolio of clinical informatics research projects in a wide range of application areas including clinical decision support, population health, and business operations. These projects are highly collaborative and involve partnering with physicians, researchers, clinical informatics specialists, IT professionals, application designer/developers and administrators, both internally and externally. The solutions developed draw on IT-RI’s strong capabilities in statistical modeling, machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval, statistical genomics, data mining, and big data management and analytics. IT-RI deploys solutions across a variety of platforms from desktop to server to social mobile & cloud (SoMoClo) applications.


This is a full time, benefits eligible position.

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  • Participate in requirement gathering, planning, technical design, and implementation for data science projects in the nephrology and urology domain.
  • Provide level of effort and schedule estimates to help with project planning.
  • Serve as project owner/manager for one or more data science projects.
  • Serve as a local expert in the application of data science methods within the epilepsy and neurology domains.

  • Work both independently and in small teams to develop data analytic solutions.
  • May mentor junior data scientists and may occasionally provide work direction and/or supervise staff such as subordinates, contractors, vendors, students, etc.
  • Work with both clinical and research data while keeping PHI exposure to a need-only basis.
  • Adhere to and contribute to the development of best practices for statistical modeling, machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval, data mining, and big data management and analytics.
  • Share knowledge and be a good team player.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Lead Data Scientist.



  • Candidates must possess a PhD degree in Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Clinical Informatics, or a related discipline, or a Master’s degree with 5+ years of experience.
  • 1+ years of data manipulation and analysis using R, SAS, SQL, noSQL, Java or Python, etc; more experience is a plus.
  • 1+ years of relevant data analytics experience in one or more of the following areas: statistical modeling, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), and geospatial analystics. 
  • Experience working with epilepsy or neurology data is a plus.
  • Experience working with clinical data is a plus. 
  • Experience working with big data, real time or near real time data, and big data platforms is a plus. 
  • Strong desire to continuously learn and work within a highly collaborative culture focused on team accomplishments. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills enabling effective interaction with all levels of the organization and external contacts.


  • Typing on a keyboard - Frequently (34-66%)
  • Talking on phone/in person Occasionally (15-33%)
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs. - Occasionally (0-33%)
  • Standing/walking - Occasionally (0-33%)

Pressure in this position will vary depending on the workload. The workload will be heavy but manageable most of the time. Pressure may arise in the face of deadlines associated with grants, required documentation related to the physician's OSU faculty appointment, etc.


The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. EOE/M/F/Disability/Vet


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