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Northwestern University


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Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Northwestern University, Chicago


Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center seeks an innovative and energetic ontologist to create ontologies, implement semantic data-integration strategies, and develop ontology-guided tools in the context of library projects, including the recently awarded CTSA Program Center for Data to Health Coordinating Center (CD2H). Efforts include but are not limited to contributing to the Open Resource Identification Framework (OpenRIF) initiative, through which the appointee will work collaboratively with colleagues and the community to develop attribution/credit data models and a comprehensive research output ontology. Other duties include authoring of publications, teaching and educational activities, contributions to grants and funding applications, and collaborations with the community-wide efforts aimed at promoting open, integrated, and rigorous practices in research and scholarly communication. We are looking for a highly motivated and interested individual with demonstrated expertise in informatics, ontology development, curation, and related technologies.


Head, Digital Systems Department


Collaboratively develops data models to represent research and clinically-related activities, concepts, roles, and contributions; investigate associations and drivers for these concepts in biomedicine; and develop relevant documentation.

Serves as a major contributor to community-based data model development efforts and collaborate with project members and stakeholders across geographically dispersed site.

Performs project outreach and engagement activities through presentations and workshops at national meetings and collaborations with community-wide efforts aimed at promoting open, integrated, and rigorous practices in biomedical research and scholarly communication.

Participates in academic conferences, authors publications with the team, and contributes to grants and funding applications.

Works creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, and inclusiveness on project teams.


Master’s degree with major courses in relevant field or Bachelor's degree with major courses in field of research plus 3 additional years related experience.


experience developing ontologies and ontology-based data representations.

Knowledge of various related tools, libraries, and frameworks such as Protege, RDF, OWL API, SPARQL, SQL, APIs like Jena or Sesame, etc.

Experience with content modeling.

Experience in

Java or Java compatible programming and/or Python and software development in general. 

Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills (especially via web conferencing technology).

Effective instruction and presentation skills.

Broad knowledge of medical/scientific terminology.

A solid understanding of object oriented-languages and principles.

Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills and the ability to perform research and make independent decisions about approaches and tools to reach specific goals.

Strong interpersonal communication skills.

Demonstrated expertise with virtual collaboration tools, including GSuite, Slack, Twitter, web conferencing tools (Skype, WebEx, BlueJeans, Zoom), cloud storage services (Box, Dropbox,

Google Drive), and Git/GitHub.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multicultural environment with a diverse population of faculty/staff, students, and colleagues.


A Ph.D. in medical informatics, computer science, bioinformatics, ontology development or related fields;

5 years research experience (including research experience concurrent with academic study).

Demonstrated experience of work with triplestores and graph databases.

Demonstrated experience in bioinformatics and ontology development, including knowledge of biological ontologies and controlled vocabularies.

Experience with data quality processes and tools such as continuous integration.

Experience with Wikidata.

Strong programming and development skills.

Work experience in academic or research settings.

Candidates local to Chicago or willing to relocate are preferred, but we are open to remote work arrangements for qualified candidates.

In order to apply for this position, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to

.  Please reference the job title and job opening ID in the email.

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has built a national reputation for excellence through a strong history of collaboration, interdisciplinary medical education, and research. Along with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, it is part of the premier academic medical center known as Northwestern Medicine. The Galter Health Sciences Library, a division of NUCATS, Northwestern’s clinical and translational sciences institute, shares Northwestern’s commitment to excellence, and fosters the creation and sharing of knowledge among the faculty, staff, and students of the Feinberg School of Medicine and its affiliates. Library staff and faculty strive to improve and enhance health care through innovation and leadership in the organization, delivery, management, and use of quality information to support the educational, research, and patient care needs of our users.

The CD2H was established through a 5-year award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and will coalesce and coordinate informatics activities across the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program, a network of more than 50 medical research institutions, to provide collaborative clinical and translational research infrastructure.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff.

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