20 Oct 2022

Data Scientist/Bioinformatician – Mount Sinai Data Commons

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Job Description

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Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.

Data Scientist / Bioinformatician Needed to to Lead Open Science Initiative.

A position is available for an individual with skills in data science, bioinformatics and software engineering to play the key role in running and managing the Mount Sinai Data Commons – known as the Data Ark.
The Data Ark team brings together all the most important data sets used by Sinai researchers (e.g. 1000G, GTEx, UK Biobank) in a single location on our HPC server (minvera.org), performs QA/QC processing of the data, conducts initial demographics analyses to showcase the different data sets, and will be tasked with expanding the data commons to host a large range of different data sets of different types (genotype, WES, WGS, RNA-seq, EHR-linked, imaging etc.), which will come with their own computational and platform challenges.

The Data Ark will manage, process and combine data in ways that optimize the accuracy, power and generalizability of science performed at Mount Sinai. By ensuring that Sinai investigators perform science on the same large data resource, the Data Ark should enhance collaboration and advance the pace of scientific advances made at Mount Sinai. We consider this a critical initiative for our institute and hope that it can act as a template for how open, big data science can be operationalized at an institute level.  Specific job duties are outlined below.

  • Manage the Data Ark server space, creating an efficient file structure and providing user-access according to the specific restrictions of the different data sets
  • Survey the Mount Sinai community to prioritize data sets for uploading to the Data Ark
  • Perform quality assurance and quality control on the data sets so that they are “analysis-ready” for the vast majority of user cases
  • Perform demographic data analyses to showcase the characteristics of specific data sets to convey the benefits of using the different data sets
  • Manage the Data Ark website and its growing content
  • Contribute to the expansion of the Data Ark to different data types and to facilitating the linkage between different data sources (e.g. genetic, EHR etc.)
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • The post holder will have a highly quantitative, computational background and be extremely familiar with managing, processing and analyzing large complex data sets of different types.
  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Science or related field
  • The post holder will have strong skills and experience working in a Unix-based environmental, ideally involving the management of server space, and an excellent understanding big data science, preferably having performed research projects on large complex data.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and present the structure and content of the data commons as it develops in the future will be critical, given the wide spectrum of investigators at Mount Sinai who will interact with the resource.
  • The post holder should be able to work extremely well on their own and have the initiative and vision to take the Data Ark forwards in ways that will most empower science and medical advances at Mount Sinai

.For details on the institute: http://datascience.icahn.mssm.edu

Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are drivers for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education, and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together and participate actively as a leader within the Mount Sinai Health System by:

  • Serving as the primary resource management representative of the Mount Sinai leadership teams, committees, etc., and acting as the primary executive leader interface between Mount Sinai and key executives from the health systems’ vendors and partners.
  • Engaging with relevant thought leaders and policy-makers at the federal and state levels, and representing the Health System as assigned.
  • Using a lens of equity in establishing and promoting policies and procedures and providing opportunities for all to thrive.
  • Confronting racist, sexist or other inappropriate behavior and challenges exclusionary organizational practices and serving as a role model to promote anti-racist behaviors.
  • Inspiring and fostering an environment of anti-racist behaviors among and between departments and co-workers.

We work hard to acquire and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you can develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, can make an impact on quality patient care.

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Who We Are

Over 42,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.

Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai Morningside (formerly Mount Sinai St. Luke’s), and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate, exclude, or treat people differently on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

EOE Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans.

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