The Division of Knowledge Informatics, part of NYU Health Sciences Libraries,
seeks an accomplished ontology specialist to join a collaborative effort that
spans the mission areas (education, research, and patient care) of NYU Langone
Medical Center. This position will develop and manage a repository of
controlled terminologies and concepts used throughout the medical center,
including in the enterprise data warehouse. The candidate will be responsible
for maintaining and enhancing the terminology knowledge base using existing
ontologies, and for supplementing standards with institution-specific
ontologies and extensions of existing ontologies. This position reports to the
Assistant Director, Knowledge Informatics, and is a faculty appointment within
the NYU School of Medicine; as such, the candidate will be encouraged to
pursue research in areas of her/his interest, in addition to the
responsibilities outlined below.


Maintaining local institutional ontologies. This will involve working with
ancillary hospital department staff, scientific directors of various
Institutes, and individual researchers. The candidate will be involved in
mapping, classification, and maintaining concept attributes and semantic links
in the knowledge base required to support downstream systems and services.

Mapping local sources to standards (such as LOINC, ICD9/10, CPT, Vivo, etc)
and, where relevant, mapping between different national standards for use in
the master data management of the enterprise data warehouse, as well as for
use in specific linked open data applications.

Partnering with library and other institutional team members in the
implementation of applications using ontologies.

Providing expert advice on terminology best practices.

Participating in institution-wide data mapping and validation efforts for the
enterprise data warehouse implementation.

Providing leadership and guidance in a collaborative team on process
management for terminology maintenance.


Master's degree in library science from an American Library Association
accredited program, or a master's degree in a related discipline, plus
training or equivalent years of professional experience in medical

Familiarity with biomedical terminologies.

Experience developing ontologies using OWL.

Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential, including the
ability to communicate technical requirements and implications of terminology
services to clinical and research staff.


Experience with clinical data workflow and clinical systems integration

Experience with state of the art terminology management systems.

Experience implementing ontology-focused applications.

Experience with ontologies in data warehouses.

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