Two Positions at University of Iowa: Data Scientist/Computational Scientist

June 27, 2016

The University of Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI3) in partnership with Information Technology Services (ITS) is seeking to fill (2) positions as a Data Scientist / Computational Scientist which functions under the direction of the Associate Director for Informatics Services. These new positions focus on enabling research and scholarly work in a rapidly evolving research driven environment.

The person(s) in this position will work with researchers across the University of Iowa on projects and grant opportunities related to Informatics, Big Data, and Cyberinfrastructure. Job duties will primarily be identifying and pursuing aligned grant opportunities and performing research and technical work on funded projects. The individuals will also be expected to participate in a growing Informatics community on the University of Iowa campus.

Ideal candidates will have excellent technical and interpersonal skills as well as a strong commitment to supporting our values which include building relationships, trust, ownership, integrity, creative problem solving, and leadership. We offer an exceptional benefits package and many other support resources to help employees balance their professional and personal lives.

UI3 is a University wide initiative to build the Informatics capacity of the University of Iowa across all disciplines. ITS is a campus-wide provider of technology services for academic, research, and service missions. These Professional & Scientific full-time position(s) are classified as an Assistant Research Scientist (PRJ1) or an Associate Research Scientist (PRJ2) and will be filled based on the experience and proficiency level of the successful candidate.

Annual Salary Range:

  • Assistant Research Scientist (PRJ1): $65K to commensurate
  • Associate Research Scientist (PRJ2): $75K to commensurate

Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.

  • Work with researchers from across the University of Iowa to develop solutions to data and/or computational science problems and projects.
  • May develop computational or data intensive simulations and models in support of collaborating investigators or grant funded projects.
  • Engage with and/or organize collaborative grant projects and submissions and may act as PI or Co-PI on grant submissions with a focus on Big Data, Informatics, or Cyberinfrastructure.
  • May serve on departmental or University committees. May organize outreach efforts in alliance with funding sources. May participate on grant review panels or participate in the planning of meetings as appropriate.
  • May teach/present seminars on Informatics, Big Data, or Cyberinfrastructure related topics.
  • May contribute to public data archives or other resources; e.g., software, models, or on-line tools to support scientific research. May prepare and submit first author manuscripts for publication.
  • Coordination, communication, and training targeted at building the University of Iowa informatics community and successfully acquiring external funding for collaborative projects.

PhD in Informatics, Computer Science, Data Science or related field.

PRJ1 level – Typically 1-3 years’ experience (select PhD program work may be considered experience) with Informatics, Data Science, and/or Research Computing either in a research lab or as a service provider

PRJ2 level – Typically 3-5 years’ experience (select PhD program work may be considered experience) with Informatics, Data Science, and/or Research Computing either in a research lab or as a service provider

Note to Applicant: The qualifications for this job posting are described as competencies or behaviors needed to be able to perform the job duties of the position at a defined proficiency level/standard. The proficiency level required for the PRJ1 position is ‘working’, the PRJ2 position is ‘extensive’. For a complete definition of the proficiency levels click on the proficiency levels link above.


  • Statistics experience
  • Knowledge with most of the following: Linux operating system, programming languages (e.g., Java, Python, or R), database management systems (e.g., MySQL, Postgres, or Oracle), and Web languages and technologies
  • Effective at communicating with audiences whose technical backgrounds vary widely
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities and deadlines, and an eagerness to take ownership of challenging assignments
  • Proven experience contributing to grant proposal development
  • Interest in working with a diverse group of researchers ranging from humanists to medical researchers
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in a diverse environment
  • Knowledge of several of the following:
    • machine learning
    • information retrieval
    • natural language processing
    • data mining, exploration and visualization
    • databases and data management
    • algorithm design and evaluation
    • software engineering
    • human-computer interaction
    • high-performance and distributed computing
    • privacy and security
    • network analysis
    • text analysis


  • Experience working with regulatory regimes such as FISMA, HIPAA, and ITAR
  • Experience with automation of electronic scientific workflows

The selection process will include a criminal background and credential check on final candidates.
To apply, please visit: and reference the position by classification of Associate Research Scientist or Requisition # 69245.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

The University of Iowa offers a full array of benefits, or cafeteria-style programs that add considerable value to your total compensation. The flexibility allows you to select the option that best suits your personal needs.
There are four “core” insurance benefits provided for all Faculty and Professional & Scientific staff as follows:

Comprehensive Health Insurance plan
Comprehensive Dental Insurance plan
Group Term Life Insurance
Disability Insurance
Offers two retirement plans from which you may choose, both with generous University contributions as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings Program.
Provides Vacation, Sick Leave, Family Caregiving Leave, Catastrophic Leave and Holiday pay.

Vacation accrues at 16 hours/month; the accrual rate includes 2 personal holidays.
All regular employees receive 11 paid holidays: 9 scheduled holidays and 2 personal holidays that accrue and are taken as vacation.
Offers a variety of wellness programs and membership incentives to our Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
The option to deposit pre-tax money to use toward eligible health and dependent care spending accounts.
More detailed information is available on the Benefits Office website.– See more at: