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Data Engineer at NORMENT

Deadline: 25.05.2020

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

About the position

At the Centre of Excellence (CoE) NORMENT, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, there is a Data Engineer position available. The position is part of the Core Resource Unit for Databases and Biostatistics at NORMENT and collaboration partner BUPGEN - KG Jebsen Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The CoE NORMENT runs a multicenter study involving all psychiatric hospital departments in Oslo and several research groups at the University of Oslo (UiO). The purpose is to study how biological, genetic, psychological and environmental factors contribute to severe mental disorders.

The CoE NORMENT has used their infrastructure for clinical evaluations, neuropsychological testing, MRI brain imaging and biobanking to collect a large sample of patients and healthy controls. Specifically, we have collected a large number of genetic and brain imaging data on patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In addition, we are actively collaborating with large international consortia (PGC, ENIGMA, UK Biobank, MoBa), and focus on multivariate analysis of these and other large datasets, based on novel statistical tools designed for analyses of polygenic architecture of mental illness and stratification of treatment.

For more information https://www.med.uio.no/norment/english/

Job description

The current position is central to the NORMENT secure data storage and research infrastructure, hosted at USIT TSD service (Tjeneste for Sensitive Data, https://www.uio.no/english/services/it/research/sensitive-data/index.html).

The main role of the Data Engineer will be to improve and maintain high performance computing infrastructure, storage and the database, used by 100+ researchers and collaborators at NORMENT, to facilitate the analysis of clinical, biological, genetic and neuroimaging data, as well as organizing access to large external datasets. The position will be integrated at the TSD administration at USIT and Sigma2, involving coordination tasks between TSD and the research groups at NORMENT and BUPGEN. The Data Engineer will be responsible for the TSD solution at NORMENT, for implementing telemetry and monitoring tools for TSD service health and availability, and for the custom software and database solutions deployed within NORMENT TSD projects. As part of the Core Resource Unit for Databases and Biostatistics, the Data Engineer will also organize internal trainings and knowledge sharing sessions for TSD users at NORMENT.

The position is funded for two years with possibility of further extension, and is available from August 01, 2020.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in informatics, computer science, information technology, or equivalent. Extensive practical experience, combined with relevant follow-up studies may compensate for lack of formal education. A strong command of oral and written English is required. Norwegian is beneficial.

The applicants should have extensive experience with administration of Linux systems (RHEL, CentOS, or similar), excellent skills in programming and scripting languages (bash/Python) as well as native code toolchains (CMake/autoconf, GCC/Intel/LLVM), and good knowledge of database development (SQL, PostgreSQL) and web development (HTML, CSS). The ideal candidate should be also familiar with IT operations, quality control, HPC system administration including SLURM/SGE queuing systems, and research software infrastructure such as R environment and packages).

We seek a motivated candidate with excellent problem-solving and communication skills, technical background and specific competences in Linux systems and HPC, python/bash scripting, database and web development.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 504 700 - 594 400 per annum depending on qualifications, as head engineer (SKO 1087)
  • Favorable pension arrangements
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

How to apply

The application must include:

  • cover letter including motivation for applying for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, relevant work experience etc)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • evt. documentation of english proficiency
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application (evt.) with attachments must be delivered in our recruiting system.

The best qualified candidates will be invited for interview.

Formal regulations

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

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