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Data Scientist

Apply now Job no: 501010
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

Job Summary

The Drexel University School of Public Health invites applications for a Data Scientist in the Urban Health Collaborative. The position requires a detail-oriented and organized individual who will lead activities related to constructing data infrastructure, data sharing platforms, and data-driven communication solutions for several urban health-focused projects.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate with leads of specific projects and UHC core leads to assess the status of existing data infrastructure and to propose solutions for data warehousing. Includes implementing data warehousing solutions or supervising and mentoring other staff or students in the creation of these solutions. Includes also the creation of a web product to connect individual research efforts at the UHC to facilitate data and code sharing across and within projects.
  • Lead the creation of FAIR-compliant external data sharing interfaces for specific projects. Includes the assessment of data warehousing needs and the creation of interactive web products to access data or metadata. Includes supervising other staff or students in the creation of these interfaces.
  • Lead the creation of data-driven communications solutions (e.g., dashboards, interactive web products, etc.) for specific projects and the UHC. Includes the creation of Shiny and similar dashboards, JavaScript-based interactive web products, and other similar technologies. Includes implementing these solutions or supervising and mentoring other staff or students to create them.
  • Write sections of grant proposals related to FAIR-compliant data infrastructure and data sharing.
  • Provide general data science competencies training for staff, faculty, and students. Includes FAIR data concepts, version control and codebase management such as Git, data warehousing management such as DBT, modern publishing solutions such as Quarto, creation of interactive web products such as Shiny or JavaScript based products, and other topics as suggested.
  • Coordinate with leads of specific projects and UHC core leads to create and maintain the infrastructure to manage codebases (e.g., GitHub or other platforms). Includes maintaining the current institutional GitHub account and exploring further solutions for improved code sharing.
  • Lead the development of open-source software packages (e.g., R packages) to increase software interoperability and reusability at the UHC. These may be for internal use or for publication in open repositories.
  • Coordinate the creation of a professional track development for existing analysts and students and the training for these tracks.

Required Qualifications

  • A master's degree is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of related experience is required.
  • Expertise on developing interactive online products, including R Shiny, JavaScript, Svelte, Next.js, and React.js; experience writing FAIR-compliant data sharing plans; experience building data infrastructure in DBT or similar.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred qualification 1

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table.


  • University City.

Additional Information

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of M. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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