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Senior Biomedical Informatics Engineer- Research

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Position Summary

The Senior Biomedical Informatics Engineer will be responsible for developing a centralized informatics framework and pipeline for clinical and translational research, leading applications development for biomedical informatics and clinical bioinformatics analyses, mining electronic health records, querying large public databases and other research and administrative data sources, and creating an integrated warehouse of all such data sources.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. MS degree (preferred) or higher in Computer Science or other relevant discipline, or equivalent combination of relevant education and demonstrated experience
  2. 3+ years of healthcare industry related experience, with at least two years in a data integration environment
  3. Experience in SQL database design and Service Oriented Architecture
  4. Experience with Unix, SQL, Oracle, TCL as well as scripting languages, e.g. Perl, Python, C++
  5. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server, including SSIS and SSRS
  6. 2+ years or more of HL7 interface development and deployment
  7. Knowledge of enterprise integration patterns, and AMQP or MQTT messaging
  8. Understanding of LANs/WANs connectivity requirements, security protocols, and monitoring tools
  9. Strong analytical skills
  10. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  11. Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and organized

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated history of:

  • Implementing and supporting a data infrastructure capable of integrating data from multiple domains (e.g., clinical, research and administrative) and supporting business intelligence functionality.
  • Developing a standards-based data repository (warehouse) that contains the sum of clinical, research, and administrative data associated with distinct populations across geographically-defined regions.
  • Implementing and supporting the tools to access such data and defining clear access and use policies.

**Candidates with a PhD are encouraged to apply**

Essential Functions:  Informatics Management

  • Leads and participates in all aspects of the design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance of uni-directional and bi-directional interfaces in support of information needs
  • Designs and implements data extraction, transformation, and loading solutions (ETL)
  • Establishes databases and systems with the correct level of performance optimization and high availability
  • Utilizes data extraction and data transfer tools
  • Utilizes data storage, access, and transfer policies and procedures
  • Creates and maintains accurate and relevant network documentation including diagrams, as-built documents, configuration templates, inventories and IT Service Catalog
  • Understands industry trends and supports adoption of those trends as required

Mentoring/Teaching

  • Trains and mentors peers, investigators, and other members of the team, including in the use of data extraction and transfer tools, and data storage, access and transfer policies

Collaboration

  • Interfaces with investigators in an iterative fashion to refine data types and tools for maximum utility
  • Works with external vendors and partners to execute work

Compliance

  • Collaboratively develops clear data storage, access, transfer, and use policies and procedures
  • Ensures and supports compliance with such policies and procedures

Project Manager – Clinical Trials Office

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Position Summary

The Project Manager has primary responsibility for facilitating the planning, implementation and post implementation phases of various strategic projects for the department, and/or Maine Medical Center and/or at participating regional hospitals. The Project Manager will determine the appropriate qualitative and quantitative measures to evaluate progress and successful implementation. These projects will result in measurable improvements that will impact clinical, administrative, financial systems, and/or the infrastructural systems of MMC and that will benefit our patients, families and staff. The Project Manager will also provide regular progress reporting to his/her supervisor and other groups as appropriate.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

1. Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Master’s preferred. May accept a combination of management and technical experience which is usually acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree program.
2. Three to five+ year’s project management experience that is multidisciplinary in nature.
3. A high level of interpersonal skills is necessary to support dynamic work teams and communicate effectively with a wide variety of patients/families, hospital administrative staff, clinicians and external contacts and vendors.
4. A high level of analytical and critical thinking skills are needed to assist in the development of new systems, techniques, procedures and to develop special and recurring reports or analysis.
5. Excellent oral and written presentation skills; ability to write and present for a variety of audiences.
6. Demonstrated highly developed organizational skills.
7. May require highly developed negotiation skills
8. Knowledgeable of computer programs needed for position

Essential Functions

  • Project management activities to include the development and initiation of an organization wide clinical trials support structure; corresponding process development; and technical supporting the selection and implementation of a clinical trials management system. Project activities will focus on the following elements:
  • Medicare Coverage Analysis and Related Support – A process that ensures that Medicare Coverage Analyses are completed for all appropriate studies, including the entering the appropriate codes for items and services to complete the Billing Grid and determining if conventional care items/services qualify for Medicare coverage.
  • Clinical Trials Registry and Other Document Management -A process to coordinate with Research Teams to validate the study and patient data in the Registry and to ensure data is consistent with the billing system and the IRB database.
  • Budgeting Oversight- A process to review clinical trial study budgets to ensure these budgets are developed in accordance with approved systems, tools and standards.
  • Study Feasibility and Resource Meetings- A process to establish resource meetings with study teams to review the MCA, budget, other study documents, and to make conventional care determinations to complete the final draft of the MCA.
  • Study Approvals- A process to coordinate with the scientific review committee, the IRB and other internal /external parties to ensure that all required approvals are received prior to study initiation.
  • Bill Review- A process to facilitate segregation of items and services provided to research patients utilizing the Medicare Coverage Analysis billing grid and other medical documentation which ensures that either the patient or the research account was billed appropriately for clinical trial related items and services.
  • Study Management- A process to ensure that accounting activities, such as tracking patient/study milestones, reconciling accounts, processing and approving study bills, invoicing sponsors, and reviewing account status with PIs are completed.

Research Coordinator – Critical Care/ED/Trauma

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The Research Coordinator will report to the Clinical Trials Office at Maine Medical Center Research Institute (http://mmcri.org/cto) and will primarily be working at Maine Medical Center with critical care, trauma surgery and emergency department patients, but may also include work with outpatients. The Research Coordinator position involves research coordination, collaboration with the Investigators, Program Managers, Clinic staff, and relevant MMC Departments. An ability to work independently and collaboratively is a requirement. This position will require the flexibility for evening, nights and/or weekends.

Position Summary

This is a clinical and technical position responsible for coordinating clinical research.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health science or related field required.
  • Knowledge of basic statistical principles and methods.
  • Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • 2 years of clinical experience in a healthcare setting required.
  • Demonstrable computer competency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Certification by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals or Society of Clinical Research Associates preferred.

Research Compliance Coordinator II

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This position will be a part of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) team in the Office of Research Compliance and will focus on human subject protection in research. The primary responsibilities of this position includes independent review and evaluation of low-risk research protocols to determine if criteria for approval are met; evaluate research protocols for compliance with additional regulatory criteria (e.g. compliance with HIPAA, with Federal funding entities, and with Conflict of Interest regulations); direct faculty to make corrections as needed to promote institutional compliance and; write Institutional Review Board (IRB) meeting minutes that reflect the complex discussions and determinations of the board. The ideal candidate for this position will have held a position on an IRB for at least 1 year.

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the Director, will coordinate all aspects of the process by which research involving human or animal subjects is reviewed to ensure compliance with institutional and federal policies and regulations.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

1. Bachelor’s degree with 5 years relevant experience.
3. Certified IRB/IACUC Professional preferred.
4. Detailed knowledge of regulations regarding the use of human and animal subjects.
5. Proficient in explaining how policies and regulations are interpreted into practice.
6. Communication and interpersonal skills needed to work closely and effectively with principal investigations, committee members and administrative personnel.
7. Strong written communication skills.
8. Strong independent thinking and complex problem solving skills.
9. Working knowledge of MS Office products, including MS Word and MS Access.
10. Will act as the manager of IRB membership in the Director’s absence.

Research Fellow

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We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a well-established and growing early psychosis clinic and research program. The position will include a rich combination of clinical work and research with adolescents and young adults in the first couple years of a psychotic disorder or at clinical high risk for psychosis. The SAMHSA-funded first episode program provides coordinated specialty care including CBT for psychosis, multifamily group psychoeducation, supported employment, and peer mentors.The ideal candidate will have relevant experience and be looking to develop an independent research career in early psychosis but will have opportunity to complete hours for licensing and obtain specialized training in assessment and early psychosis treatments. The current research program is focused on three project areas: 1) identifying dynamic predictors particularly affect variability, of clinical trajectories and suicide risk using experience sampling; 2) establishing adolescent norms and screening protocols for use in primary care settings; and 3) development of videogame-based interventions for youth at risk for or in the first years of a psychotic disorder. The person hired will have a major role in the first project area and will be supported in taking leadership, publishing, and seeking independent funding for research within these project areas or in a complementary area.

Portland Maine is an idyllic, affordable community rich in cultural opportunities, under 2 hours from Boston and 6 hours from New York, and identified as one of the best places to live in the United States.

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex research procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research fellow has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project, in coordination with the fellow’s dissertation to be responsible for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Candidate for a Ph.D. in the social sciences or other relevant field.
  2. Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
  3. The research fellow will have demonstrated a level of independence to perform research responsibilities.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A Recent Ph.D. in clinical psychology or related field.
  • Training and/or experience with adolescents and young adults and with individuals experiencing psychotic symptoms or disorders.
  • Specific training and experience in specialized early psychosis clinical care or research.
  • Training and experience with structured clinical assessments commonly used with early psychosis populations such as the Structured Clinical Interview of DSM-IV or 5 Disorders (SCID), the Structured Interview of Psychosis-risk Syndromes (SIPS), the Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States (CAARMS), the Schizophrenia Proneness Instrument, Adult (SPIA) or Child and Youth (SPICY) versions, the Global Functioning Social and Role Scales (GF-S, GF-R).
  • Specific training or experience in experience sampling, research into the biological correlates of affect or affect variability, psychosis screening, primary care, clinical trials, suicide risk or self-harm research, or therapeutic videogames.
  • Have strong statistical analysis skills and capacity to learn and apply new analytic techniques.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts complex research procedures and analyses using a variety of techniques and instrumentation. The research fellow may serve as an institute resource as a principal user or expert in a specialized instrument or technology
  • Collaborates with the PI and other institute investigators as part of the overall responsibility for project inception and completion
  • Participates in the training of undergraduates, summer students and institute personnel at all levels in the research fellow’s area of expertise
  • Stays current in literature relevant to area of research interest and expertise. May present research results at regional or national conferences.
  • May provide substantial input, both data and its interpretation, in the preparation of both manuscripts and grants.
  • Will be proactive in identifying, reporting and participating in the resolution of any potential or actual patient safety issues
  • Prepares advanced training of personnel in the use of key technology or software
  • Interprets and presents research results in manuscript form where the research fellow has been the principal participant in a research project.

Research Data Analyst III – Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation

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Position Summary

Integrates, cleans, analyzes and presents data in support of the assigned project and/or department. Uses applied statistics, sampling, univariate, multivariate, and time to event analytic techniques which encompass study design, implementation and data management, monitoring and reporting. The individual in this role must be able to work independently.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Master’s degree required.
  • 5-7 years’ experience analyzing data required. 3-5 years in healthcare preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with spreadsheet, relational database, graphics and word processing software is required. Advanced skills with at least one statistical software package is required, e.g SAS, R, STATA, SPSS. Proficiency with multiple statistical software packages is preferred.
  • Experience in working with large clinical and/or administrative claims databases, including both for management and analysis is desirable.
  • Capable of searching and critically appraising medical literature.
  • Ability to work and interact with multiple departments.
  • Ability to manage and lead multiple projects.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to convey complex concepts to a diverse audience.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential attributes for this position.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Teaching and supervisory skills are highly desirable.

Essential Functions

Assembles data

  • Designs and implements data collection strategies as needed.
  • Acquires existing data from multiple sources; integrates data from new and existing data sources.
  • Collaborates with other departments to access data.
  • Treats data with appropriate security and confidentiality.

Database Management

  • Operates database and analysis software.
  • Performs management of large clinical and/or administrative databases.
  • Designs data collection tools, databases, data entry processes and maintenance protocols.
  • Stays current in knowledge and proficiency of multiple databases and analysis software systems.

Designs studies, analyzes data, and reports findings

  • Assists investigators to translate information needs into questions that can be answered with available data.
  • Participates in discussions about research design.
  • Performs analysis of large clinical and/or administrative databases using applied statistics, sampling, univariate, multivariate, and time dependent techniques.
  • Creates tables and figures of results.
  • Supports data needs of project teams.
  • Provides data for annual reports, grant proposals and reports, and training presentations.
  • Participates in manuscript writing.

Assists in Project Management

  • Assists in setting project schedules.
  • Implements project plans and assists in leading team members
  • Assists in clearly defining goals and objectives.
  • Assists in recruitment of qualified team members and building a functional team.
  • Assists in assigning work and estimating resources for completion.
  • Assists in developing timelines, budgets, progress reports, etc.

Research Education & Compliance Officer

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Position Summary

The Research Education and Compliance Officer is responsible for providing compliance oversight of Maine Medical Center’s Research Programs by ensuring that the conduct of all research is done according to federal, state and institutional policies.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in health sciences discipline, Master’s preferred.
  • Must possess the appropriate scientific knowledge and/or clinical skills and experience to conduct monitoring of clinical trials.
  • Previous teaching or quality assurance background, preferred.
  • Proficient in data collection programs.
  • Must possess interpersonal skills that promote cooperation and collaboration.
  • Organize resources to meet regulatory and accreditation goals.

Faculty Scientist II – Health Outcomes/Services Research

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of research activities, often heading projects independently, but may enlist the assistance of more experienced scientists as collaborators. This position will receive mentorship from one or more senior scientists in areas such as grant writing and applications, teaching, and navigating research administration and research compliance issues. This position will be responsible for the independent conception of research projects, obtaining external funding for these projects and the publication of results from these projects in a timely manner. These studies should be of sufficient importance and impact to bring recognition to the investigator, resulting in increased or sustained funding, etc. This individual will assist in the development of operational guidelines for the research. As an independent position, the individual should exercise good judgment in decision making with regard to the management of personnel, budgets, and other matters that pertain to running a program or project as an independent investigator. With regard to problem-solving, the individual in this position should know the limitations of his or her problem solving skills both scientifically and administratively and should use good judgment to seek advice and input from reliable sources when the problem is beyond the scope of his or her expertise. Follows safety, human subjects and animal use guidelines. Manages grants or projects including supervision of multiple staff, project reports, etc. Monitors the project budget. Where inventions or other intellectual property are developed during the course of the research, will contribute to the process of working with the patents and licensing office to seek appropriate rights. Ability to supervise and to coordinate efforts of several staff for complex internal/external groups. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Doctoral degree in relevant social, psychological or health sciences discipline.
  • 5 years of experience as a Faculty Scientist II (or Assoc. Prof).
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and speak English effectively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Successful track record of R01 funding or equivalent research support.
  • First or Senior author publications in major peer-reviewed social, psychological or health sciences journals.
  • Evidence of national and international recognition in selected field as demonstrated by invited presentations at national and international social, psychological or health sciences meetings and invited reviews for major social, psychological or health sciences publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct novel and potentially high impact social, psychological or health sciences experiments.
  • Evidence of significant mentorship and teaching accomplishments such as serving as thesis advisor for graduate students.
  • Evidence of significant institutional citizenship such as chairing a major committee(s).