2021 Recruiting Announcement -- Vanderbilt DBMI’s Research-Focused Programs

The Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University is accepting applications from undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral-level 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 that spans from computational biology and bioinformatics to advanced clinical information systems and data science. Degree seeking students and non-degree postdocs seeking mentored research have the opportunity to increase their knowledge in informatics broadly and deeply, explore research interests, and prepare for an exciting career. Funding is available from our three NIH and VA training grants.  Our research-focused programs include:

MS & PhD Research Degree Programs in Biomedical Informatics  — Vanderbilt DBMI’s MS and PhD Training Program in Biomedical Informatics is an internationally recognized research program with over 50 graduates in its 15-year existence. Students actively engage in high quality research mentored by DBMI faculty and as a result, DBMI students have achieved outstanding publication records, as well as numerous recognitions from national organizations. Candidates with prior training in the computational and biosciences are preferred. Director of Graduate Studies, Kim Unertl, PhD.

Big Biomedical Data Science Track in the PhD Program — Vanderbilt University’s Big Biomedical Data Science (BIDS) Training Program will 1) provide matriculating PhD students with access to a diverse array of real big biomedical data sets, software tools, and applications at Vanderbilt (and interdisciplinary collaborations) and 2) integrate courses and faculty from across the institution to ensure that the students are well-versed in the foundational competencies of computation, statistics, and biomedical science that are necessary to achieve reproducible success in this field. The BIDS funding is ending in 2021 but students admitted to the PhD program in Biomedical Informatics continue to pursue the Data Science Track.  Program Director, Bradley Malin, PhD.

VA Post Doctoral Fellowship in Medical Informatics & Quality Improvement — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Vanderbilt University support a two-year fellowship that melds expertise in informatics and quality improvement into a training program designed to develop highly skilled and productive medical informatics professionals with a solid foundation in quality improvement via a rigorous academic program and cross-disciplinary mentoring. The fellowship is open to physicians, graduates of doctoral programs in clinical disciplines, and PhDs in computer science or other relevant discipline. Program Directors, Steven Brown, MD, MS and Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH.

Vanderbilt Genomic Medicine (VGM) Training Program — VGM includes a major focus in pharmacogenomics, precision phenotyping, medical informatics, and disease-based genomics and builds on Vanderbilt’s decades-long strengths in critical enabling resources. The program has 29 highly collaborative and well-funded faculty preceptors who team up to provide both basic and clinical research training opportunities to both PhD-level and MD-level postdoctoral fellows. Program Director, Josh Peterson, MD, MPH, FACMI.

We invite interested applicants to visit these sites for specific requirements and contact us if there are additional questions. Applications for Fall 2021 opened August 1, 2020.  Please encourage interested students and postdocs to promptly submit their application. 

CONTACTS: Program Directors (see above) for each program and Rischelle Jenkins for general questions about any of these programs.



Vanderbilt DBMI also offers an MS in Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI) and an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship. Our new MSACI (provided primarily in a distance learning format for the working professional) provides innovative clinical informatics education for working professionals in the health care field. Our graduates assume leadership roles in the application and innovation of clinical informatics nationally. This program is the didactic training component for Clinical Informatics Fellows. Faculty-mentored practicum experiences with our Health IT operational teams are critical to all clinical informatics trainees’ development as practitioners who improve patient care through the application of informatics tools.



The Vanderbilt Informatics Training Environment

The uniquely rich and nurturing environment for informatics at Vanderbilt is a result of the shared vision of the senior leadership of the institution for more than 20 years, that effective management of data, information and knowledge will be the competitive advantage for the university and its medical center in the current century. In this unique setting for education in biomedical informatics, our graduates have excelled in developing new knowledge that advances informatics as a scientific discipline.

Vanderbilt's student body represents a level of diversity rarely found in academic medical centers. Through the creation of an alliance between Vanderbilt Medical School and Meharry Medical School, the university has a large population of underrepresented minorities. Prominent among the many resources to support diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt, is the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) that exists to increase the number of PhDs awarded to graduate students in biomedical research who are underrepresented in medicine. The Department of Biomedical Informatics welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. 

Our department welcomes applicants from all cultural backgrounds.