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. 

  • The Jake Hughey Lab

    Staff Scientist

    Posted January 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

    Posted January 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

    Posted January 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.


    Research Coordinator

    Posted January 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.


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

    Senior IT Project Manager

    Posted August 2021

    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 five 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.

    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.

  • 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


    Vanderbilt Genomic Medicine Training Program - Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

    Posted December 2021

    The Vanderbilt Genomic Medicine (VGM) Training Program is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 postdoctoral fellowship. VGM includes a major focus in pharmacogenomics, precision phenotyping, medical informatics, and disease-based genomics. For more information, please click here.

    The program has 32 highly collaborative and well-funded faculty preceptors who team up to provide both basic and clinical research training opportunities to both Ph.D.-level and M.D.-level postdoctoral fellows. Trainees will participate in rotations, internships, seminars, journal clubs, and retreats and interact with other trainees and faculty. In addition, trainees will receive RCR training, high-standard Individual Development Plans (IDP), and the Career Development Programs. 

    Requirements 

    Applicants must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field. Some experience in Computer Science, Statistics, Informatics, and/or Genetics is recommended, but not required. 

    Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

    Anyone interested in being considered must submit the following (in PDF format) to Cynthia C. Williams, Program Manager in the Center for Precision Medicine (CPM), at cynthia.c.williams@vumc.org:

    1. CV or NIH biosketch

    2. Letter of recommendation

    3. 1-Page personal research statement

    4. Unoffical transcripts


    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.