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ASPIRE Internship: axialHealthcare- Research Data Scientist, Nashville, TN

Posted by on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Announcements.

Research Data Scientist
209 10th Ave. S.
Suite 332
Nashville, TN 37203

axialHealthcare is transforming the lives of patients in pain and revolutionizing the delivery of pain care through insightful data analysis, data modeling, and creation of effective cloud-based platforms. We are currently seeking energetic, highly motivated, part-time interns enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate program in biomedical science, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or related field. At axialHealthcare, you will work in an open, fast-paced environment, witness and actively contribute to the growth of a small start-up company, develop and refine communication skills with cross-functional teams, gain business acumen, and delve into the exciting and highly-marketable world of big data analytics. Apply your academic research skills in the workplace!

Opportunities for Growth:

  • Improve and/or save lives of patients
  • Enhance cost savings for our clients
  • Develop knowledge about healthcare, claims, and small business environments
  • Learn structured query language (SQL) and python programming
  • Explore large datasets and database management/design

Projects at axialHealthcare

Contribute to ongoing efforts to increase access to quality care

axialNETWORK identifies high quality medical and behavioral healthcare providers.  Mapping, descriptive, and outcome analyses will enhance the visibility and importance of these provider networks. 


Measuring behavioral health conditions

What does it mean to have behavioral health conditions from a claims billing perspective? Students will mine medical and pharmacy claims data to enhance identification of patients with behavioral health conditions, and whether they are managed or unmanaged.

Profiling substance use disorder

Determine whether there is a profile for diagnosis of substance use disorder (SUD) that is more appropriate for tagging people with SUD (or with a history of SUD). The idea here is that history of SUD is an important risk factor and we want to be very deliberate when assigning risk.


Contributing to programming standards and creation of data products

axialHealthcare recently implemented Rstudio Server and Rstudio Connect platforms.  Interns will contribute to customizing in-house R packages and ggplot2 themes to standardize the output of data scientists and statisticians. 


Internship Responsibilities and Job Functions

axialHealthcare interns perform tasks such as reviewing and organizing scientific literature, performing descriptive statistics using R, Python, and/or SQL, brainstorming testable hypotheses, designing and implementing scoring and predictive models, creating graphs, charts, and other visualizations for clients and leadership, creating and running quality assurance (QA) tests on code, and documenting code.


About axialHealthcare

axialHealthcare provides health insurers with interoperable big data advanced analytics, network solutions, and a connect platform to improve clinical and economic outcomes for patients in pain. We began as a group of physicians, scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs passionately committed to helping patients in pain and have grown to a company of over 60 employees. We are located in downtown Nashville, TN, in Cummins Station. Visit us at



  • Internship will be flexible between May and August, 2018 (appx 12 weeks, with the option to extend pending review).
  • Internship is paid, part-time (8-10hrs per week on site, more hours possible as desired by candidate)


Applications due by midnight, Monday, April 30th, 2018


  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here: (​)
  • Submit a resume (standard 2 page, no CVs, please) and cover letter (optional) to Ashley Brady at Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_axial_Sum 2018 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Internship:axialHealthcare)
  • Schedule a meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline


Your information will then be passed along to the company who will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (


Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here
​For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted. 
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.



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