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 mia.garchitorena@vumc.org for more information regarding available positions in VUMC DBMI or its Centers. 

  • Faculty Position Opportunity

    Posted July 2021

    Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, FACMI, Co-Director of the Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics (CIPHI), is seeking a non-tenured faculty member with expertise in developing and using clinical observational data modelssupporting and executing informatics and health services research observational analytic queries for association and prediction studies, and machine learning.  

    The successful applicant should have a computational background and experience working in the field of informatics. Formal public health training or informal public health informatics experience is preferred. While there are opportunities to pursue independent funding and contribute to new grant submissions, the initial focus of this position will be to support existing educational course offerings, grants and contracts within the CIPHI. 

    The overall scope of work done in CIPHI is in the population and public health informatics space, with opportunities to collaborate with the FDA, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the NIH and other entities. The successful applicant will also have teaching experience and will be expected to work with VA and VUMC teams to support ongoing operational and research informatics work using both on-premise and cloud computing. 

    Applicants must have the following:

    • Candidates should hold either a doctorate in computer scienceinformaticsbiostatistics or a related discipline or a medical degree with a demonstrated experience or training in informatics.
    • A computational background and experience working in the field of informatics.
    • The successful applicant will also have teaching experience and will be expected to work with VA and VUMC teams to support ongoing operational and research informatics work using both on-premise and cloud computing. 

    Applicants should submit a cover letterCV 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.

    Please send all application materials to Dr. Matheny (michael.matheny@vumc.org) and Steven Johnson, DBM, MSM, Senior Project Manager (steven.m.johnson@vumc.org) and brought to the attention of Michael E. Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, FACMI, Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1065, Nashville TN 37203. 


    Faculty Position Opportunity

    Posted April 2021

    Paul Harris, PhD, FACMI, FIAHSI, Director of the VUMC Office of Research Informatics & Professor of Biomedical Informatics & Biomedical Engineering, is seeking a non-tenured faculty member with expertise in clinical and translational researchdigital healthpredictive modeling and machine learning

    While there will be opportunities to pursue independent funding and contribute to new grant submissions, the initial focus of this position will be to support existing grants like the NIH's All of Us Program

    Applicants must have the following:

    • Candidates should hold either a doctorate in computer scienceinformaticsbiostatistics or a related discipline or a medical degree with a demonstrated experience or training in informatics.
    • A computational background and experience working in the field of informatics, as well as teaching experience.
    • The applicant will be expected to work with NIH and VUMC teams to support researcher education and mechanisms for cloud computing. 
    • A background in mathematics, computer sciences, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, medicine and/or genetics is preferred but not required.

    Applicants should submit a cover letterCV 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.

    Please send all application materials to Dr. Harris at paul.harris@vumc.org and brought to the attention of Paul A. Harris, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1065, Nashville TN 37203. Office: 615-322-6688. 

  • The Center for Knowledge Management (CKM)

    Knowledge Management Fellow

    Posted September 2021

    The Center for Knowledge Management within the Department of Biomedical Informatics is offering a one-year Knowledge Management Fellow appointment.

    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.

    Required Education, Skills, and Experience
    A bachelor’s degree, coupled with a true passion (envisioned or realized) towards the health sciences; proven high-level oral and written communication; strong organizational, analytical, critical thinking skills; high-level proficiency with technology and willingness to continue to learn new technologies; and a great degree of flexibility, intellectual curiosity, motivation, attention to detail, and customer service.

    Preferred Qualifications
    A master's or PhD in the field of medical librarianship is preferred. High consideration will also be given to individuals with a master’s in English and/or Education. Click here to see more information about the position and its qualifications

    To apply: Submit your resume and cover letter via the VUMC Human Resources site at https://www.vumc.org/careers/, job requisition number 2106752 here. If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Kusnoor, Hiring Manager, at sheila.v.kusnoor@vumc.org.


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

    IT Project Manager

    Posted August 2021

    Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, Co-Director of CIPHI, is looking for an IT Project Manager with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience required

    The IT Project Manager will be responsible for the following:

    • Coordinating activities of the project team under occasional guidance.
    • Coordinates 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.
    • Implements small development projects or components of large projects. Ability to solve medium to complex problems.

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.

    Nurse Informatics Data Analyst

    Posted August 2021

    Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, Co-Director of CIPHI, is looking for a Nurse Informatics Data Analyst with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience requiredYou must be a Registered Nurse.

    This role bridges the gap between business end-users, clinical data scientists, leadership, and medical informatics to support development of systems for both operations and research purposes. 

    The Nurse Informatics Data Analyst will be responsible for the following:

    • Supports customer use of electronic health record and other technology and associated workflows, including troubleshooting when issues arise, under occasional guidance.
    • Educates customers on use of sound informatics principles, including but not limited to problem shaping, design requirements, change management, etc.
    • Gathers and integrates appropriate data, conducts analyses using SQL, and provides manual chart review and annotation.
    • and more.

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.

    Senior Application Developer

    Posted March 2021

    Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, Co-Director of CIPHI, is looking for a senior application developer with at least five years of SQL experience and experience using medical data.

    The candidate will do the following:

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

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.

    Application Developer 

    Posted August 2021

    Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, FACMI, Co-Director CIPHI, is looking for an application developer to join his team. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience required.

    The candidate will do the following:

    • Develops or modifies software, with emphasis on SQL and databases.
    • Designs, codes, performs benchmark testing, debugging and documentation programs.
    • Implements small projects or components or large projects.
    • Has the ability to solve medium to complex problems.

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.


    Center for Precision Medicine (CPM) 

    Project Manager

    Posted August 2021

    The Center for Precision Medicine (CPM) within VUMC's Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) is looking for a project manager to join the team. Candidates must have bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and 3 years experience required.

    The CPM Project Manager will work with customers to understand and analyze operational procedures, requirements, processes and/or other needs to bring about successful completion of the project.

    The candidate will do the following:

    • Plan, develop, lead and execute the project in order to meet established goals, objectives and timelines.
    • Provide professional and/or technical leadership in the execution of day to day project activities.
    • Communicate within and across area(s) to maximize information sharing around progress, needs, interdependencies and/or accomplishments.
    • Facilitate the identification of gaps in service level/processes to identify potential areas for improvement.

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.


    Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) Administrative Team

    Program Manager

    Posted July 2021

    Elizabeth Brown, Chief Business Officer in DBMI, is looking for a Program Manager to become a member of the DBMI core departmental administrative team. Prior experience in grants management and finance is preferred. A bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and three years of experience is required. 

    This position will be responsible for aspects of departmental post-award activity to include processing and tracking various agreements, sub-site invoicing, management of federal efforts adjustments, building and maintaining tracking tools and providing various reports. 

    Core Accountabilities: 

    • Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affects 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 judgment. 
    • Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area. 
    • Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support and team members. 

    If interested, apply here


    The Wei Lab

    Application Developer

    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 for an application developer with a background in computer science and engineering and a willingness to learn. This position will support numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants in the area of EHR phenotyping, natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, PheWAS, and Pharmacogenomics research. 

    The candidate will do the following:

    • Support several internal lab projects as well as collaborations both within Vanderbilt University Medical Center and beyond.
    • Assist by implementing data extraction and analysis approaches and developing software products for reuse. 
    • Maintain a website for products that are meant for public distribution. 

    The position is available immediately. Apply here.

  • 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. 


    2-Year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Natural Language Processing (NLP)

    Posted February 2021

    Cosmin "Adi" Bejan, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Center for Precision Medicine, is looking to recruit a talented postdoctoral researcher with experience in natural language processing and machine learning. As part of the Vanderbilt Center for Precision Medicine (CPM), the researcher will work in close collaboration with Dr. Bejan on information extraction and document classification projects leveraging a large collection of free-text clinical notes. 

    Candidates are expected to have: 

    • A PhD in biomedical informatics, computer science, statistics, or related field
    • Experience in applying machine learning (including deep learning) methodologies to various NLP tasks
    • Excelled programming skills (Python, Java, and R is a plus)
    • A strong publication record in top-tier conferences and/or high-impact journals

    The position is available immediately. Applications will be evaluated as they are received until the position is filled. To apply, please email Dr. Bejan at adi.bejan@vumc.org or adi.bejan@vanderbilt.edu and include your statement of purposefull CV, and contact information for three references

    Learn more about Dr. Bejan here: http://adi.bejan.ro/.

  • 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.