Research Specialist, Computational Sciences

Washington D.C.
Mar 30, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time
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Research Specialist, Computational Sciences

The Research Specialist supports research projects in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, with specific responsibility on a unique grant funded project with public health agencies and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to support programming of special algorithms for matching and analyzing identifiable health records. The incumbent will recommend, implement, and evaluate the significance of computational modeling techniques in the analysis of data for the HIV data project using the ATra/BlackBox/Privacy platform* created by Georgetown.

The Research Specialist has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Recommends, implements, and evaluates the significance of computational modeling techniques in the analysis of data.
  • Participates in project planning meetings, conference calls, and visits to ORNL to identify data analysis needs and strategize creation of algorithms.
  • Assists with development and submission of grant proposals to expand and enhance the project.
  • Assists with manuscript development and submission related to project.
  • Assists with other general administrative duties as assigned, including support for compliance activities related to research.


  • M.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related fields or equivalent work experience
  • General knowledge of algorithms development, data structures, database systems, operating systems, computer security, data communications, formal language theory, encryption, and computer programming
  • Software development experience with Python, Java, C/C++, Swift, Ruby, or Ada
  • Preference for experience with formal methods, program proof-of-correctness techniques, and/or high-assurance systems development
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills with good command of computerized word processing, presentation preparation and desktop publishing
  • Ability to translate quantitative and qualitative findings into narratives for publication and other effective tools to communicate findings to other scientists, funding agencies, and the general public
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with faculty, collaborators, and stakeholders from a variety of disciplines, organizations and business sectors, including other universities and national laboratories as well as governmental, non-governmental, and community-based organizations

The Research Specialist is a term position for 3 years from start date with potential for extension. This position is benefits eligible, including paid leave time, up to 10% employer contribution to 403(b), tuition assistance (after one-year of service), and medical and dental insurance.

*ATra is a platform that seeks to answer important questions that can only be answered by co-analyzing data that cannot be shared for legal or competitive reasons. ATra provides a cyber, physical and governance environment where such analysis can take place without data owners needing to share data with one another, or with an analyst.  ATra embodies unique engineering technology that, for example, performs analysis of data-in-transit, does not require data to be anonymized, and does not move data to new storage locations.  ATra is thus a physical device (black box) where data can flow into the box, but once within its boundaries, cannot be accessed (or stored).  The only permitted outputs are results of pre-agreed queries sent to authorized recipients.  In 2015, ATra was successfully demonstrated in co-analyzing eHARS records from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia to identify HIV-infected individuals who might have dropped out of care. Based on the very successful pilot, ATra is now being implemented at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to perform similar analysis as well as compile richer-profiles of infected individuals for several State health departments.

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