15 Apr, 2024

Data Engineer

  • Children's Cancer Institute
  • Randwick NSW, Australia
Full time Data Science

Job Description

Location: Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type: Full-Time Permanent  
Department: Computational Biology 3 (CB3)


When you step into a role, what do you want the purpose of the company you work for to be? How does that align with the individual purpose that motivates your ambition?

As the only independent Medical Research institute in Australia focused on childhood cancer, our purpose is to translate and discover (through world class research), new treatments that will cure cancer and reduce the side effects in children and adolescents.

We save & change lives. At The Children’s Cancer Institute we believe that a life should be long. Cancer cuts life short for hundreds of children every year, before they’ve even had a chance to make their mark. We aim to not only improve their quality of life, but eradicate the cause of their pain.

Choose to be part of a team that will nurture your talent and grow your career, so you too can contribute to this purpose. Together, we can, and we will cure all children of cancer. It’s not if. It’s when.

Join our growing team at the Computational Biology Group as our Data Engineer and play a pivotal role in shaping Children's Cancer Institute's mission to eradicate childhood cancer. You will play a vital role in developing technologies to transform messy health data into harmonised data ready for use by researchers. You will be responsible for transforming health data from our existing clinical research systems (including Oracle Clinical One), into robust clinical data models like OMOP CDM. We then seek to exchange this harmonised health and genomic research data in real-time between different internal systems, and with other research organisations. Ultimately, we wish to exchange health and research data with eMR systems, in real-time using FHIR.

As the Data Engineer in our Computational Biology team your purpose will be to:

  • Standardise health data according to industry standards such as FHIR, or OMOP CDM to facilitate interoperability and exchange.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to integrate health data from clinical research systems, laboratory systems, and other sources into a unified platform. We have a 2-year horizon to include eMR data.
  • Develop and implement quality control measures to ensure the accuracy and completeness of health data.
  • Facilitate the exchange of deidentified, matched health and genomic data among different research organisations, enabling seamless data sharing while ensuring compliance with privacy regulations. These systems may be compliant with research standards like GA4GH Beacon and PhenoPackets.
  • Collaborate with data analysts and researchers to provide access to clean, standardized data for research and analytics projects.
  • Develop and deliver training programs on health informatics practices and data management for healthcare professionals and staff.
  • Promote the progress through publication in peer reviewed journals or whitepapers and make presentations at conferences.

To succeed you will have…

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Health Informatics, Healthcare IT, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • CHIA, AIDH or other Health Informatics accreditation
  • Proficiency in healthcare data standards (e.g., HL7, FHIR, OMOP CDM, GA4GH standards like Beacon) and knowledge of data integration techniques.
  • Familiarity with eHR systems and healthcare information exchange protocols.
  • Experienced with SQL and NoSQL databases (e.g., MongoDB, TypeDB)
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Knowledge of healthcare privacy and security regulations (e.g., HIPAA).
  • Project management skills and experience.

We will support you to be your best with benefits that include but are not limited to:  

  • Access to our ‘FlexBEST’ program – true flexibility from day 1
  • Focus on employee wellbeing, including a leading EAP program, and up to 5 gifted wellbeing days off (paid) per year
  • Investment in leadership development and career advancement opportunities

Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it's like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children's Cancer Institute can be found on our website at: https://www.ccia.org.au/careers-study . We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply, please click the 'APPLY' link and forward both your resume AND cover letter (mandatory) clearly addressing the qualifications, experience and skills required.

Note: Applications will be reviewed prior to the closing date; which is dependent on the status of the recruitment process.

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