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Senior Data Engineer

University of Dundee - Health and Clinical Services

Location: Dundee
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th November 2021
Closes: 19th December 2021
Job Ref: SMED0876

Are you a self-starter who loves working collaboratively, problem solving and making a difference to health data research and innovation? Do you get really excited by BIG data, innovative data engineering and the potential to deliver and catalyse new research into pragmatic solutions for better health outcomes? If so, you could be working with the Health Informatics Centre team (HIC - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/hic/) at the University of Dundee. This is a fixed term post in the first instance but may be extended subject to funding.

HIC are looking to recruit a Senior Data Engineer to work in the Data team who maintain and operate a clinical e-data repository; containing over 30 years of medical histories for nearly 20% of the Scottish population.

Your priorities will include:

  • Using HIC’s clinical data repository, identify and create extracts to support clinicians in answering fundamental research questions;
  • Routine and ad-hoc data curation activities requiring hands-on development of bespoke ETL and cleaning scripts using languages such as SQL and Python;
  • Continued integration of structured and unstructured datasets into the master repository, for example: Genetics – mongodb; Imaging – DICOM PACS.
  • Maintain and enhance security policies deployed to protect unauthorised access to the data, while still supporting medical, and other research.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Experience in ETL techniques, tools (Python, or similar) and design.
  • Experience in manipulating and management of very large datasets.
  • Experience with physical relational (and non-relational) database design.
  • Experience in query tuning and storage design for high-performance data access.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a team.
  • Excellent relational database skills, with an emphasis on T-SQL scripting skills and MS SQL.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to both technical staff and senior management.
  • Experience of preparing technical proposals, reports and processes.
  • A team player with the ability to work using own initiative, deliver outputs within agreed timeframes and work under pressure.

For further information about this position please contact Mr Chris Hall at c.hall@dundee.ac.uk. To find out more about HIC please visit https://www.dundee.ac.uk/hic/.

At the University we benefit from having access to a range of personal and professional development courses and training opportunities. We enjoy 39 days annual leave per year, and are supported by a range of Work Life Balance policies, staff support networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Charter and Stonewall as well as a full range of disability services which all create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work. It is the diversity of our staff and students that make the University of Dundee an enjoyable place to work.

The closing date for applications is 19 December 2021.

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