Systematic Review Clinical Librarian

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library and Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Coordinating Center at the VA in Portland seeks a creative and dynamic temporary Systematic Review/Clinical Librarian.

Reporting to the AUL for Information & Research Services at the OHSU Library and the ESP Program Manager at the Portland VA Medical Center, the temporary Systematic Review/Clinical Librarian will be part of two teams: the OHSU Library liaison team and the Portland VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Coordinating Center project team. The incumbent is a key member of the VA ESP Coordinating Center project team and will conduct effective literature searches for systematic reviews, topic nomination briefs and rapid response briefs requested by VA leadership. The person in this position will have expertise in Evidence-based Medicine research and the systematic review process, as well as skills in searching policy and social science literature.

As a member of the OHSU Library liaison team, the Systematic Review/Clinical Librarian will be responsible for coordinating with the Clinical and Outreach Librarian to create and maintain clinical liaison services, in particular for planning, promoting and providing clinical information services in the OHSU Library and affiliated clinics, with particular responsibilities as liaison to clinical departments and their faculty, staff, residents and students.

This position is funded for 12 months, with possible renewal up to an additional two years depending on grant funding.

Required Qualifications:

Accredited graduate degree in an appropriate discipline (library and information science or related area); 1-2 years of experience in a health sciences or research environment or conducting systematic reviews; demonstrated knowledge of medical terminology; expert database and grey literature searching experience; proficiency using EndNote or similar bibliographic management software; strong customer service orientation with excellent oral, written, analytical and interpersonal communication skills; self-motivation with demonstrated ability to work independently and as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team; attention to detail and ability to adhere to deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

3 years of experience in a health sciences or research environment or conducting systematic reviews; degree in health policy or related area (e.g., MPH or similar); training and demonstrated experience in appraising medical literature; familiarity with systematic review search methodology, guidelines, and standards; experience providing instruction to individuals or groups in an academic setting; demonstrated knowledge of social science and health policy databases; familiarity with scholarly publishing, including peer review of scientific publications and technology innovations for dissemination; demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills.

The Institutions:

Oregon Health & Science University

OHSU is the state's only comprehensive academic health center and is made up of the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing; College of Pharmacy; numerous Centers and Institutes; OHSU Healthcare; and related programs. With over $340 million in annual funded research, OHSU has just launched the Knight Cancer Challenge, a $1 billion campaign. The OHSU Library, the largest health sciences library in Oregon, serves the faculty, staff, and students of OHSU, as well as health professionals and residents of the State of Oregon. The OHSU Library staff provides services in support of teaching, research, and patient care.

VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program

The VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) was established in 2007 to make high quality evidence analysis available to clinicians, managers and policymakers as they work to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans. The program is comprised of four ESP Centers and a Coordinating Center, located in Portland, Oregon. The ESP Coordinating Center is charged with developing and maintaining program processes, including working with partners to determine the feasibility of proposed reviews and producing rapid response briefs at the request of VA leadership. The ESP produces evidence syntheses on important clinical practice topics, and these reports help:

  • Develop clinical policies informed by evidence,
  • The implementation of effective services to improve patient outcomes and to support VA clinical practice guidelines and performance measures, and
  • Set the direction for future research to address gaps in clinical knowledge.

Review topics often focus on the health delivery system and address the broader social issues among Veterans. Because of the emphasis on collaboration between VA stakeholders and the evidence review team, ESP work products can have a strong impact on national policy.

Rank and Salary: This is a temporary faculty position with a 12 month appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, minimum $50,000. This position is funded for 12 months, with possible renewal up to an additional two years depending on grant funding.

Applications and Nominations: To apply please visit and search for position IRC45414. Applications should include a resume, a letter of introduction, and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will commence immediately and continue until Dec 1, 2014.

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148. 



Bioinformaticist (Research Associate)

Dept/Division: Library/BICC
Primary Dept Rank: Research Associate
Working Title: Bioinformaticist
Joint Appointment(s): n/a
Term: 12 month
Dates of Appointment: (TBD)
Annual Salary (1.0 FTE): $39,401-$83,239
FTE: 1.0
For more information please contact: Melissa Haendel
Mail Code: LIB
Phone: 503-407-5970

Position Description:
The appointee shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service.

This position reports to (supervisor): Melissa Haendel, Associate Professor

The Bioinformaticist serves as a member of the OHSU Library Ontology Development Group. This position works in the context of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), a global effort to develop schemas for health data sharing. The goal is to develop a semantic representation of cancer data from a variety of sources and use cases, build ontologies to help support data interrogation, and integrate ontologies and data in a graph database for evaluation. The Bioinformaticist will work with ontologists, bioinformaticians, and software engineers at OHSU, the National Cancer Institute, and other GA4GH consortium sites to design and implement methods for semantically navigating and manipulating cancer data.

The primary duties of the Bioinformatics Semantic Engineer will be to (1) Develop use cases to represent a diversity of cancer data types and user perspectives; (2) Analyze user queries for insight into building semantic data models; (3) Development of semantic models for cancer; (4) Graph-based data integration according to semantic models in order to evaluate the models; and (5) Requirements and landscape analysis of existing semantic modeling, including collaboration with the NCI Thesaurus team. This position will require the ability of explore possible solutions and make decisions that will lead to the identification and implementation of effective semantic models of cancer data, novel approaches for data analysis, and efficient testing to support data transformation.

Job Requirements


  • Ph.D, or, Master’s degree with major courses in relevant field and 3 yrs experience, or Bachelor's degree with major courses in field of research plus 6 additional years related experience
  • 3 years of relevant experience in cancer bioinformatics
  • Ability to perform research and make independent decisions about approaches and tools to reach specific goals
  • Experience with Software Project Management tools and version control systems (Jira, Confluence, SVN, Git)
  • Hands-on experience with one or more scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python, Ruby, Bash)
  • Proven ability to analyze cancer data from a variety of modalities
  • Familiarity with relevant Bioinformatics protocols (e.g. quality control, differential expression analysis, eQTL, GWAS, etc.) and tools
  • Experience with retrieving and/or submitting data to biological data repositories (GenBank, Ensembl, etc.)
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills (especially via teleconferencing venues)


  • Experience developing ontologies and data models
  • Experience managing semantically annotated data, such as in a triplestore, graph, or NoSQL database;
  • Experience with Neo4J and the Cypher Query Language
  • Knowledge of SPARQL, RDF, OWL and familiarity with relevant tools and APIs (e.g. Jena, Protégé).
  • Variant prioritization methods
  • Strong programming skills with a solid understanding of object oriented languages and principles
  • Hands-on experience with SQL (Postgres and MySQL preferred)
  • Experience developing and evaluating data curation workflows

Additional Details

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148.

 Apply online and search keyword IRC48615. Be sure to upload a resume and a cover letter.

Duration of this appointment and indicated salary may be changed or eliminated if gift, grant, or contract funds supporting this position become unavailable.