Job Description

Job Title: Systems Analyst - Senior
Job ID: 690583
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: HS - CancerCtr Inf Svcs
Location: 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232




We are looking for a research focused database Systems Analyst to collaborate with our Cancer Center Information Services department.

Under the general direction of the management team and senior staff, the Systems Analyst - Senior requires a proficient level of experienced analytical services, defining requirements, developing and/or maintaining computer applications/systems, and providing services to meet client IT and business needs.

If you are someone who is passionate about cancer research and looking for a new challenge, we encourage you to apply today!



  • Oncology Research Systems Support – Lead projects related to the support of basic, translational, and clinical research for Hillman Cancer Center. Serve as primary liaison between PITT IT, UPMC IT, research staff, PI’s. Develop IT strategies and solutions to enable the efficient operation of cancer related research and the integration and communication between various stakeholders across UPMC, PITT, genomics facilities, Pathology, etc. Deploy solutions that support advancing UPMC Hillman Cancer Center’s research mission.
  • Documentation - Complete detail-oriented documentation for new and moderately complex processes.  Responsible for the quality and validity of produced documents.
  • Second and Third Level Support (Including Maintenance Activities) - Independently triage and resolve Level 2 and Level 3 support issues.  Act as a mentor to less experienced staff in resolution of Level 2 and Level 3 issues.  Ability to handle problem management as appropriate. 
  • Project Management - Take ownership of a project and have the ability to distribute tasks to team members and meet milestone completion. Update all project management and time tracking tools accordingly.
  • SDLC (System Development Life Cycle) - Have a proficient understanding of multiple system/application development life cycles.
  • Data Confidentiality/Security/Privacy - Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information at all times.
  • Data Quality - Maintain data quality at all times.
  • Vendor Relationships - Interact with vendors (technical issues, project initiatives) independently, as necessary.  Ability to act as the point person for issue escalation.
  • Report Writing/Analysis - Write and analyze complex reports.  Make modifications to complex reports.  Mentor less experienced team members.  Communicate with the business/act as business analyst.
  • End User Training - Ability to create training content.  Facilitate more detailed user training sessions.  Ability to train peers.
  • Process Improvement - Ability to manage process improvement efforts.  Create and update processes, as necessary.  Ability to independently recognize opportunity for process improvements.
  • Application Upgrades and Implementation - Identify new functionality and/or hardware requirements related to application upgrades and implementations.  Creates test plans.  Responsible for review and validation of functionality.  Report back any problems.  Create and/or manage cutover plans including downtime, etc.  Responsible for evaluating impact and coordinating efforts across multiple platforms as necessary. 
  • Communication - Responsible for demonstrating appropriate, clear, concise, and effective written and oral communications in all interactions to build relationships and accomplish day to day work and projects.
  • Interactions with Others - Successfully completes projects, tasks, and initiatives by embracing a team-first approach. Works in collaboration with team and offers feedback, where appropriate, to complete individual and group efforts. Shows the ability to adjust and be flexible to change by adapting approach when necessary. Mentors less experienced staff.
  • Self-Development - Responsible for continuous self-study, training's, partnering with more senior members of team, and/or seeking out opportunities to broaden scope to stay up to date with industry and organizational trends. Seeks feedback from senior team members for development and effectively incorporates feedback into work and behaviors.




  • Typically has 5+ years experience with modern technology and application support through education or practical experience. 
  • Highly driven and self-motivated to exceed expectations.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team based environment.
  • Demonstrates thorough understanding of information technology fundamental tools and concepts (SDLC) of one of the information technology professional disciplines and applies that understanding to make independent practical contributions to IT work within a UPMC department or function.
  • Completes on-going training on-the-job, through courses, self-study, certifications and/or advanced degrees to maintain and enhance technical and business capabilities.

Preferred Experience

  • Research focused database experience
  • Research based Cloud computing experience
  • Knowledge of informatics tools related to research



Salary Range: $35.09 to $53.48 / hour

Union Position: No

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