The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) 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 Jennifer Martellotti, DBMI Program Manager, at email@example.com, and copy Elizabeth Brown, Chief Business Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding available positions in VUMC DBMI or its Centers.
VCLIC Faculty Position
Updated November 2022
Faculty Position Opening: The Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC), Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position Details: The Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC) and the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are seeking a faculty member with expertise in clinical informatics. This position is focused on leading the development and implementation of advanced EHR-centric applied clinical informatics research. Focus areas for VCLIC include clinical decision support, machine learning, predictive analytics, and using the EHR to improve quality and safety. VCLIC and DBMI provide an unparalleled opportunity to do hands-on clinical informatics research in a real clinical setting, with outstanding access to data and the ability to test interventions in the real world.
Applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of a minimum of three references. The cover letter should describe the applicant's relevant qualifications and experience, as well as brief statements of research and teaching interests. All application materials should be sent email@example.com and brought to the attention of Adam Wright, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Director, Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center, 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1475, Nashville, TN 37203. Office: 615-875-5216.
VUMC DBMI is an internationally recognized leader in biomedical informatics, with strong relationships to academic departments in the university and the clinical operations of a large medical center. DBMI has an emphasis on interdisciplinary research, with a focus on health information technology development, clinical knowledge and workflow modeling, implementation sciences, machine learning and clinical decision support, biomedical data analytics (clinical, genomic, and proteomic), and natural language processing, privacy, and security.
Among more than 90 faculty are multiple members of the National Academy of Medicine, fellows of the American College of Medical Informatics, and fellows of AMIA. DBMI faculty hold additional appointments in various departments, including internal medicine, anesthesiology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, computer science, hematology and oncology, human genetics, and pediatrics.
DBMI faculty often create and maintain readily accessible, large-scale operational clinical information systems, through which new scientific hypotheses are tested and new technologies are deployed. VUMC has benefited from over 15 years using an integrated, longitudinal electronic patient charting system. This system, now the foundation of our enterprise architecture on which Epic EHR sits, also distributes data to a research data warehouse linked to a biobank.
In addition to a robust set of conventional decision-support capabilities at the point of care, VUMC was the first center to include genetic information in EHR-driven clinical decision support through the computerized provider order-entry system and electronic prescribing application in order to guide providers to dose selected medications according to a genome-informed model. These advances have allowed VUMC to be known as a state-of-the-art laboratory for innovations that support population health, as recognized by groups such as NIH, PCORI, CMS, and AHRQ, through ongoing funding to members of our DBMI and School of Medicine faculty.
DBMI has established 4 Centers to provide support for software development and computational infrastructure management. Candidates for this position will work in the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center, but will have the opportunity to collaborate across centers and departments at VUMC. The Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC), directed by Dr. Adam Wright, coordinates clinical informatics activities across Vanderbilt University Medical Center. VCLIC is working to "pave the road" for clinical informatics researchers and practitioners, ensuring that faculty, students, and staff throughout Vanderbilt find it easy to access data, test innovations, and evaluate results. VCLIC also offers lectures, training sessions, competitions, and funding opportunities for Vanderbilt informaticians. More information may be found at vumc.org/vclic.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer. Applications from women and members of under-represented minority groups are strongly encouraged. For more information, please visit the DBMI web site at www.vumc.org/dbmi.
Requirements: The successful applicant will be able to immediately engage in ongoing grant-funded work to develop state-of-the-art care coordination and population management tools. As a part of a highly productive, highly supportive interdisciplinary team of researchers, informatics leaders, and clinical experts, this person will utilize biomedical informatics and computational methods to develop and integrate tools into real-world enterprise-wide healthcare settings. Candidates for this position should hold either a doctorate in informatics, computer science, or a related discipline, or a medical degree with demonstrated experience/training in informatics at a level suitable for subspecialty certification in clinical informatics.
The Center for Improving the Public's Health Through Informatics (CIPHI)
Associate Application Developers (2) - Michael Matheny
Updated November 2022
Develops and modifies software with some guidance. Designs, codes, performs benchmark testing, debugging and documentation of programs.
- Develops or modifies software.
- Ensures appropriate documentation for all development and modification.
- Ensures integrity and security of institutional data.
- The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
- Organizational Impact: Delivers job responsibilities that impact own job area/team with some guidance.
- Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Uses existing procedures, research and analysis to solve standard job related problems that may require some judgement.
- Breadth of Knowledge: Requires subject matter knowledge within a professional area to meet job requirements.
- Team Interaction: Individually contributes to project/ work teams.
** Minimum Qualifications Required **
Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and < 1 year relevant industry
Research Coordinator - Michael Matheny
Updated November 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.
The Center for Precision Medicine (CPM)
Python Statistical Analyst - Wei Lab
Wei-Qi Wei, MD, PhD, FAMIA, Assistant Professor in DBMI, is looking for a Statistical Analyst for the Center for Precision Medicine (www.vumc.org/cpm/) in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Under direct supervision, this person will support genotype and phenotype studies by collaborating with our research team and other personnel across Vanderbilt University Medical Center; extracting data from electronic health records, genetic repositories and other databases; performing longitudinal, high-dimensional data analysis; and creating reproducible biomedical research pipelines in support of multiple research projects. Experience in scripting languages (e.g., Python, R) and in working with Linux- and cloud-based environments are highly recommended. The person in this role will need to be adaptable and be able to pick up whatever new skills and expertise are needed to complete large/multiple development projects at hand.
The Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC)
Research Analyst I
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has a long history of innovation in clinical informatics. Until 2017, VUMC developed its own clinical information systems but has now transitioned to Epic. VUMC has also seen increasing interest in clinical informatics research and operational projects throughout the university and medical center, including frequent requests for data, as well as ideas for clinical informatics interventions such as clinical decision support (CDS).
The Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC) coordinates clinical informatics activities across Vanderbilt University Medical Center. VCLIC is working to "pave the road" for clinical informatics researchers and practitioners, ensuring that faculty, students and staff through Vanderbilt find it easy to access data, test innovations and evaluate results. VCLIC also offers lectures, trainings, competitions and funding opportunities for Vanderbilt informaticians.
Through the VUMC Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) and VCLIC, the individual will have numerous opportunities for training and career development, especially for those with a career interest in healthcare and/or biomedical informatics. DBMI and VCLIC hold weekly seminars and journal clubs and offer trainings on research skills and data management. Opportunities to observe and shadow healthcare providers are also available.
Application Developer - Robert Carroll
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.
As a part of a National Institutes of Health funded group, this individual will join a team dedicated to providing quality tools and data to support cutting edge biomedical research. The systems we are developing will improve the FAIRness of research data- Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reproducibility. The cloud migration of these resources presents an incredible opportunity to power research to improve our understanding of human health.
The day to day activities of the individual who fills this position will be focused on developing tools in a cloud-based environment as a part of a multi-disciplinary team. These tools will leverage RESTful APIs to drive user interfaces that display mainly health-related data in meaningful ways to researchers and allow users to share knowledge back with the system and other users.
This role will be working with the HL7 FHIR specification for health data in a local and cloud context. No experience with FHIR or health data is required, but an interest in working with standards and health data is important.
IT Business Analyst - Robert Carroll
Robert Carroll is looking for an IT business analyst to join his team. Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience required.
We are seeking an Analyst with proficiency in R or Python for data analysis and an interest in data standards. We are leaders in several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve the FAIRness of research data- Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reproducibility. Our role in these projects is related to representation, collection, and distribution of clinical and phenotypic data used to drive innovative research. Implementing emerging standards and promoting use through developing tools has the potential to open up clinical and genomic research to new audiences.
The day to day activities of the individual who fills this position will primarily be focused on data and process in the context of a multidisciplinary team. This individual’s responsibilities will include data receipt, transformation, quality control (QC), and pilot analysis. Specifically, this individual will work closely with the project managers on tracking the state of data submissions, the development team to provide feedback on tools, and data stakeholders on QC. One example would be shepherding a newly uploaded dataset through a transformation and QC process.
This role will be working with the HL7 FHIR specification for health data in a local and cloud context. No experience with FHIR is required, but an interest in working with standards is important.
Statistical Analyst - Jake Hughey Lab
Updated June 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.
Wellcome Leap Multi-Channel Psych Program - Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity
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.
- 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
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.
Postdoctoral Opportunities – Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Adam Wright, PhD, Director of VCLIC (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Henry Ong (email@example.com) with your statement of purpose (1 or 2 paragraphs), full CV, and contact information for three references.