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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

F/T - Ontologist - Smith Arnold Partners (NY)


The Ontologist will work in a team-oriented environment, and be a member of the Information Technology and Research team.

The Ontologist will develop the ontology that will provide the research Team with strong semantical support, by mapping that ontology with the numerous terminologies used by source CHP clinical systems. In that regard it is expected that the Ontologist has experience on the common vocabularies in use for healthcare (i.e. ICD, LOINC, SNOMED, UMLS).

The Ontologist will also identify and leverage on methods and tools to develop and maintain the ontology. The Ontologist will also work in collaboration with the Clinical Informatics and Analytics reporting teams to build the semantics frame to support Research integration internally at the organization at large and externally with health systems in NYC and nationwide.

The incumbent will serve the needs of all entities  incorporated, and is required to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality in all phases of work. The incumbent is expected to apply independent judgment and initiative in carrying out assigned tasks.

The position requires knowledge of the health care business processes and terminology.


  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or University in Computer Science, Information Systems, Health Care Informatics or closely related field.
  • Masters Degree in computer science, biomedical informatics or related area preferred.
  • Proficiency in health systems integration analysis preferred.
  • Experience on clinical data warehouses preferred.
  • Five years of related experience (ontology or semantic technologies, psychology, library science, linguistics, philosophy, modeling & simulation, data base design).
  • Prior experience within the Health Care industry.
  • Proven track record leading ontology/taxonomy implementation.
  • Experience with an ontology editor and taxonomy management systems (e.g. Protg/OBO-Edit ).
  • Experience using OWL (Web Ontology Language).
  • Information Technology, Data Modeling, Science and Technology.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Project.
  • Experience with common health-related vocabularies (ICD, SNOMED, LOINC, MeSH, UMLS).
  • Reliable, self-motivated, and focused on quality. 
  • Dynamic personality that can adapt to changing requirements.
  • Excellent skills in navigating a large organization in order to accomplish results.
  • Proven track record in aligning outcomes with stakeholders expectations and standards.
  • Excellent problem solving and solid analytical skills, with careful attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience interviewing, preparing materials, and presenting to C-level executives, directors and all levels within an organization.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite, MS Visio, MS Project, and MS Outlook.
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Ability to initiate and follow through on complex projects of both short and long term duration.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills promoting teamwork and collaborative alliances across multiple organizations to gain consensus on priority and data warehouse iteration content.
  • Strong influencing skills to obtain buy-in at all levels including working well with committees.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; ability to effectively communicate actionable, concise, understandable information to both technical and non-technical management and staff.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor / Management Partnership environment.

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