Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/07/2024

Requisition Number PRN37655B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Employees must reside in the state of Utah but might have the opportunity to work a hybrid (in-office and remote) work schedule. Possible consideration of a request for a fully remote work schedule, subject to approval and change.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00952 - Division of Epidemiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $56,484 to $68,604

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This postdoctoral fellowship provides training and experience in epidemiology, health services research, and bioinformatics. Required to meet FLSA threshold to be paid on a salaried basis, otherwise employment record will convert to hourly.

The University of Utah Department of Epidemiology is looking for Postdoctoral Research Associates interested in developing skills, contributing to the development of Informatics Systems, Dashboards, Data Architecture, Visualization, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning as applied to infectious diseases, biosurveillance, antimicrobial stewardship, and infection control in the largest integrated healthcare systems in the US. The Veterans Health Administration cares for more than 9 million living Veterans annually and maintains electronic health record data on millions of encounters from 150 VA hospitals spanning the United States and territories. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in the extraction, cleaning, and statistical analysis of big healthcare data to address critical research questions to improve the care of patients. Within this scope, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to pursue areas of individual interest. The completion of an independent research project is expected.

Who we are:

The Biomedical Research In Contagion Control, Stewardship, and Surveillance ( BRICCSS ) research group consists of methodologists, infectious diseases physicians, data architects, visualization specialists, informaticians, machine learning experts, data managers, project managers, and a quality assurance team that operates in an agile environment, using the Microsoft technology stack. The goal of our research is to mitigate the spread and impact of multidrug-resistant and healthcare-associated infections and to develop biosurveillance systems to effectively monitor and manage high consequence public health threats. We also develop and test tools and report prototypes to enhance healthcare operations.

Our need/areas where you can contribute and learn:

Work with a talented team of developers, researchers and clinicians in the University of Utah Division of Epidemiology to conduct large-scale research projects in the domain of infectious diseases. The successful candidate will work collaboratively to develop analysis plans and technical specifications, maintain study documentation, create study cohorts and analytic files from relational databases, and conduct basic and advanced statistical analyses within the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Corporate Data Warehouse ( CDW ) and the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing ( CHPC ) environments.

This position will prepare the incumbent for real world setting issues on large, complex healthcare data sets and provide an opportunity where health care practitioner and health care data meet head on with computational science, machine learning, modeling and network analysis to solve real problems in the delivery of healthcare.




  1. Provide support for scientific literature search and synthesis of reviewed literature
  2. Assist in designing, analyzing, and interpreting the results from epidemiological research studies according to project needs
  3. Prepare and communicate research results in written and oral summary
  4. Work collaboratively with supervisor, other project team members, and funding organizations in supporting project needs


Opportunity for advancement depending upon experience and performance. Renewal of annual contract depends on satisfactory progress on independent research project.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required:

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking, standing, sitting.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications


  • PhD or other terminal doctoral degree in epidemiology, economics, statistics, medicine, pharmacy, or related field preferred.
  • Previous experience VA CDW , University Electronic Data Warehouse ( EDW ), or other large electronic health record or administrative healthcare data sets strongly preferred.
  • Must be proficient in data analysis and management familiar with Microsoft Business Intelligence stack. Experience with TSQL , SSIS , SSRS , SSAS and Power BI strongly preferred. Expertise in statistical analysis platforms including R/R Studio, STATA , or SAS strongly preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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