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Job: SQL Developer, Institute for Medical Research, Inc., Durham, NC

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General Information


Job title:
SQL Developer
Job location:
Durham, NC  27705 United States
Requisition code:
508 Fulton St, IMR - 151
Date posted:
09/16/2021
Compensation:
The salary range for this position is $75,000-$90,000. Salary will be commensurate with abilities and experience. IMR offers a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, short and long term disability insurance, a matching 403b retirement savings plan, and paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave.
Job category:
Clinical Research
Employment type:
Full time

Job Description


The Institute for Medical Research, (IMR), a private nonprofit organization that conducts cutting edge research for the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System (DVAHCS), is seeking to hire a SQL Developer. The successful candidate would be employed in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Freedland, a nationally recognized leader in urology research. The Freedland Urology Research Group primarily examines prostate and bladder cancer in veterans with a particular focus on lifestyle, race, and risk stratification, and is supported by numerous federal grants as well as leading industry sponsors.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of a highly productive and dynamic team of researchers. The SQL Developer is involved with the collection and management of large amounts of clinical data and will need to learn considerable knowledge of clinical research methods and clinical presentations of urologic diseases. Applicants must have the ability to: work independently in a fast-paced environment, prioritize and manage the workflow of multiple projects, sit for long periods in front of computers, and be fluent in English.

Specific Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems/Technology, or other relevant field.
At least 3 years of experience as a SQL developer, data analyst, or other relevant work that aligns with the qualifications of this job
Must have at least 3 years practical experience with SQL (Microsoft SQL Server/T-SQL preferred)
Intimate familiarity with relational database tools, theory, design, and analysis
Extensive experience with procedural SQL, stored procedures, triggers, and user defined functions
Ability to design and implement table structures following principals of normalization
Ability to write SQL queries and sub-queries to accurately and efficiently acquire data from large datasets with complex table structures
Analyze new and existing SQL queries for performance improvements
Experience with data integration, including creating and maintaining ETL processes
Experience with version control is a plus
Experience with JIRA and MS Access development is a plus
Experience with R, Python, and VBA is a plus
Highly organized, detailed oriented with the ability to manage multiple tasks, changing priorities and deadlines
Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
Ability to solve problems, troubleshoot, and quickly and independently learn new skills
Capacity to communicate both written and orally with an array of research team members
Tasks Include:

Data Collection & Reporting

Access VA databases and repositories to programmatically identify research study cohorts and extract research data from patient electronic health records (EHRs)
Coordinate with VA database administrators to, to add study cohort EHR data to designated VA research databases, and for other general database maintenance activities
Assess the quality of clinical data sets to identify data limitations and errors; work with study team to resolve coding errors and data discrepancies.
Promptly respond to time-sensitive data query requests with data summary reports and diagrams to support research study feasibility decisions and/or research proposal development
Facilitate manipulation of data between different formats (excel, csv, etc.)
Database Backend Design and Maintenance

Develop and maintain backend database structures for clinical research study databases
Design and build relational database structures
Create and modify tables within existing databases
Advise on decisions regarding the expansion of or changes to a study database based on best design practices.
Model data collection requirements to inform backend development plan for research studies
Elicit and integrate user feedback and testing into database backend structure designs
Ensure data security including privacy protection, backups, etc.
Documenting Work

Document work related to database and query design through the use of comments, codebooks, and good programming practices
Produce graphical documentation of work including entity relationship and consort diagrams
Utilize version control as part of code development and documentation
Recommend new methods for collection and documentation of data
Revise and maintain procedural manuals and training materials, as needed
Provide written, oral, and/or electronic status reports of assigned tasks
Collaborating with Team Members

Communicate with collaborators around the country to advise on topics related to data management, data abstraction, and compilation of multiple datasets across sites
Work with research coordinators to ensure all procedures adhere to HIPAA and IRB compliance
Correspond with VA technology departments to address/resolve IT needs and problems
Provide input on project decisions related to timelines, feasibility, and other relevant issues working with team leads to make sure work is completed in timely manner for project deadlines to be met
Participate in team meetings on a frequent and regular schedule
Train additional team members, as necessary
Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements and activities that are required in order to perform the essential functions of the position include, but may not be limited to, as follows:

Must be able to occasionally lift, pull and push a minimum of 25 lbs.
Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
Must be able to squat, kneel, and stoop.
Must be able to regularly use fingers, hands for computer work.
Must be able to frequently handle stressful situations and concentrate for long periods of time.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties. Employees are expected to perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The salary range for this position is $75,000-$90,000. Salary will be commensurate with abilities and experience.

IMR offers a competitive benefits package which includes health insurance, a matching 403b retirement savings plan, and paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave. All IMR employees are required to obtain a WOC appointment at the DVAHCS. As a result, the successful candidate must undergo a federal background check and may be subject to a drug test prior to final hiring. IMR employees must reside in the state of North Carolina; applicants who currently live out of state must be willing to relocate. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Workers Without Compensation (WOC).

We are an equal-opportunity employer, including disabled persons and veterans.

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