Postdoctoral Associate - Medicine - Health Services Research (90002374)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7078380 (Ref:6916-en_US)

Posted: May 12, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


IQuESt: The Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in the fields of data science or machine learning to join our team at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. As the largest center for Health Services Research in the Southwest, our mission is to improve health and well-being through innovations in health care delivery. A critical aspect of this research is to utilize qualitative research methods to 1) gain a fuller patient-centered understanding of the needs of patients and their experiences in the quality of care and 2) understand how evidence-based practices are implemented throughout the healthcare system.


This position will be expected to conduct original research in one of the most extensive national electronic health records(EHR) in the U.S. Areas of research include natural language processing, machine learning, statistical learning, deep nets, theoretical computer science, computer vision, etc. This fellowship should be an excellent opportunity for outstanding, fresh Ph.D. graduates who hope to spend one or two years in a research lab before going to academia or industry. The selected candidate will be an enthusiastic, detail-oriented individual who is passionate about contributing to the field of health services research.

Job Duties

  • Develop text mining algorithms to extract information from free-text patient notes.
  • Build Natural Language Processing systems through innovation and experimentation.
  • Develop infrastructure for cleaning and processing data. Run experiments to evaluate system performance.
  • Perform error analysis; suggest and implement improvements.
  • Test, debug, and harden complex pipelines of NLP components.
  • Provide weekly update reports and present the outcomes in the local, national, and international conferences.
  • Prepare drafts of manuscripts for journal submissions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MD or Ph.D. in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in quantitative filed such as computer science or a related field.
  • Expertise in MATLAB or R or Python or SAS





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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