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Data Scientist, GEMINI (Contract)

Health Strategy · Toronto, Ontario
Department Health Strategy
Employment Type Contractor - Long Term
Minimum Experience Mid-level


The Vector Institute is seeking a Data Scientist, GEMINI to join our team in Toronto.  This role will predominantly work with the General Medicine Inpatient Initiative (GEMINI) team at St. Michael’s Hospital, in addition to providing support to the Vector community.

The Data Scientist, GEMINI will primarily work in R to automate GEMINI’s data workflow including data pre-processing, quality checks, harmonization of data. This role will help lead the expansion of data collection at multiple new hospitals across Ontario, managing large volumes of data, preparing data cuts for researchers, and conducting analyses as needed.

The ideal candidate will have excellent programming skills, a strong understanding of biostatistics and analytic methods, and an aptitude for data visualization. You will be joining a dynamic and mission-driven team of clinicians, researchers, and quality improvement experts. Strong interpersonal and communication skills will be an important asset in this role. 


Contract (18 months)


A thriving, independent not-for-profit, the Vector Institute strives to advance the Artificial Intelligence ecosystem in Ontario, developing and attracting the world’s best machine learning and deep learning experts, and creating an unrivalled convergence of research, investment, entrepreneurialism, and economic growth. Located in the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, we are part of a dynamic and vibrant community of research, academia, health science and commerce. 


Co-led by Drs. Fahad Razak and Amol Verma, GEMINI has developed methods to extract and standardize data from electronic health records to harness the tremendous potential of data generated through routine patient care of General Internal Medicine hospital inpatients for research and quality improvement purposes. GEMINI is a unique data platform in the Canadian healthcare landscape and currently exists at 7 hospitals, with data collected on 240,000+ patient visits, including 1 billion+ data points. The GEMINI data platform supports research efforts that encompass over 30 projects, involving clinicians, computer and data scientists, and over 40 affiliate scientists and students. 


  • Perform data pre-processing and other quality checks to ensure data is complete and accurate;
  • Automate GEMINI’s data workflow;
  • Create and update Standard Operating Procedures and other documentation files, as needed;
  • Prepare data for analyses following study protocols;
  • Conduct analyses using statistical modelling;
  • Support expansion of data collection to new hospitals;
  • Support GEMINI’s data platform as required; and,
  • Perform other functions as required (e.g., providing scientific advice and support to other members Vector’s teams and corporate projects led by Vector). 


  • GEMINI’s data workflow is automated and optimized through the development of algorithms and procedures.
  • High quality coding practices are maintained.
  • Significant contributions are made towards GEMINI’s data platform. 


  • A Master's or PhD degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, Clinical Epidemiology, or Computer Science and/or related discipline
  • At least 3 years’ relevant experience
  • Advanced knowledge in machine learning, inferential statistics and data science, knowledge in clinical research/internal medicine is a plus but not necessary
  • Fully proficient in the use of R and MS Office software
  • Expertise using key databases such as: SQL, Oracle, etc. is helpful
  • Knowledge of Python and Perl is a plus
  • Advanced knowledge in data science in a clinical research setting is a plus
  • Demonstrated success working within interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience with the Ontario healthcare system is an asset
  • Experience preparing data for varied statistical methods preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail and proven ability to learn new skills
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated flexibility and have the ability to adapt and manage changing priorities

Please address applications (cover letter and resume) to Kailyn Burke, HR Generalist, using the link provided. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2020We thank all applicants for their interest in this exciting opportunity and will be in touch with those whose qualifications most closely match with our needs. 

The Vector Institute is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  

Further, we are committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and accessibility. If you require an accommodation at any point throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact and we will happily work with you to meet your needs.

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  • Location
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Department
    Health Strategy
  • Employment Type
    Contractor - Long Term
  • Minimum Experience