Research Data Specialist

Houston, Texas
November 17 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


The primary purpose of the Research Data Specialist position is to support computer programming efforts in a variety of clinical and research projects led by the Department of Imaging Physics faculty and staff.

The position will include writing and supporting the development of programs and software tools to perform various tasks as required by faculty in support of patient care and translational research, primarily in the Division of Diagnostic Imaging. The programs that are developed will help accomplish the goals and direction of the Department of Imaging Physics while meeting Division clinical support needs. This includes but is not limited to analyzing imaging and measurement data in determining trends and actionable events, tracking and documenting reports and test schedules for numerous imaging systems, streamlining process flows for faculty to develop and implement image and data processing tools to measure image quality and key performance indicators. The position will include participation in conferences and professional development, authoring and/or co-authoring in medical scientific publications. It will include algorithm development to facilitate the efficient processing of medical images and contributions to coding, testing, validating, analyzing, and documenting program development.

Education - This position will foster and encourage a receptive and nurturing environment conducive to learning and contributes to education activities of patients and family members, faculty, fellow employees, medical students, residents, fellows, graduate research assistants, volunteers, M. D. Anderson Diagnostic Imaging Program students, clinical affiliate students, and visiting colleagues/scientists.

Core Values

Caring Behaviors

Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to others at all times.

Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers.

Integrity Behaviors

Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly.

Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values.

Safety: Notices a safety concern and brings it to someone's attention; Models safe behaviors (wears badge, washes hands, and keeps work area clean and orderly).

Discovery Behaviors

Responsiveness: By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Encourages learning, creativity and new ideas.

Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Helps others to identify and solve problems; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so.

Key Functions
  1. Participate and coordinate the development of innovative and creative software solutions for image/data processing and exploitation of complex problems and solutions in image and data processing, analysis and visualization using computer hardware and software for the Department of Imaging Physics.
  2. Engage in development, testing, documentation and revisions of programs, through programing and query languages such as Python, HTML, PHP, Matlab, JavaScript, JSON, MySQL, etc.; assist in implementation and documentation of graphics, image processing and visualization software using associated software packages/libraries such as VTK, ITK, QT. Acquire additional software application knowledge, as needed, to support the work of Department of Imaging Physics. Periodically, research current technological development in the fields of medical imaging and visualization and related software by going through scientific publications, Internet, etc.
  3. Build knowledge in installation, configuration, & administration software containerization platforms like Docker and other container orchestration tools such as Vagrant. Build knowledge of major cloud service providers, like AWS, Azure etc., and contribute to building process pipelines and process automation tools.
  4. Work closely with Computational Scientist to maintain a Wiki-based documentation website and software repositories, including CVS, SVN, and GIT, as a central point of software distribution for the department.
  5. Provide guidance, assistance and training for Department of Imaging Physics members to use computer hardware and software and to develop new applications with an emphasis on imaging (e.g., processing, analysis and visualization).
  6. Leverage working/administrative knowledge of major operating systems including Linux, Unix, Windows and Mac OS, etc. to support research in the Department of Imaging Physics.

Core Competencies

IC - Analytical Thinking:

Gather relevant information systematically;

Break down problems into simple components; and

Make sound decisions.

IC - Build Relationships:

Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and

Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.

IC - Innovative Thinking:

Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and

offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.


Required: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: Bachelor's Degree in computational mathematics, applied mathematics, or similar field


Required: Two years research study experience. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience. With preferred degree, no experience required.

Preferred: One or more years of experience in machine learning, machine learning, and big data analytics.Other: Requires knowledge of computers, computer networks, and software applications. Must use independent judgment, analysis, and evaluation in implementing technical solutio. Duties. Communicate clearly and in an understandable manner with users verbally, in writing, via keyboard and computer, by telephone, by E-mail and graphically on monitors.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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