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Mayo Clinic Senior Ontologist II - Remote in Rochester, Minnesota

City Rochester

State Minnesota

Telecommute Yes

Department Health Education & Content Services

Why Mayo Clinic

Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your knowledge organization, metadata, and ontology chops to world-class health information? Does the integration of semantic structure with rich metadata and content models to facilitate multi-channel delivery interest you? Help us build a next-generation connected content platform and knowledge graph for the No. 1 hospital in the world, providing information to patients and clinicians where it is needed, when it is needed.

Mayo Clinic is the nation's best hospital (U.S. News & World Report, 2020-2021) and ranked #1 in more specialties than any other care provider. At Mayo Clinic, we invest in you with opportunities for growth and development and our benefits and compensation package are highly competitive. We invite you to be a part of our team where you’ll discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism, mutual respect, and most importantly, a life-changing career!

Mayo Clinic offers a variety of employee benefits. For additional information please visit Mayo Clinic Benefits . Eligibility may vary.

Position description

Provide leadership in the development, management and implementation of the Mayo Consumer Health Vocabulary and other controlled vocabularies and ontologies to support navigation systems, search mechanisms, search engine optimization and personalized delivery of health information and services for Mayo Clinic Health Education and Content Services. Works collaboratively in cross functional teams to assess ontology needs to support product development across the department. Strategically lead the incorporation of machine learning and automatic classification approaches to the Semantic Services Environment. Champion semantic modeling, structured content, and metadata standards as integral part of enterprise content strategy. Evaluates content domains, conducts content audits and analysis to inform the ongoing development of the Mayo Consumer Health Vocabulary and other industry standard vocabularies like SNOMED CT. Supervises and directs ontology specialists and manages projects requiring substantial intra-organizational coordination.


Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or comparable degree in areas such as information systems, knowledge management, or computer science is required. Eight years experience in ontology/taxonomy development and management. Proven track record of leading ontology/taxonomy implementation for the complete life cycle of a web product or technology. Experience evaluating effectiveness of taxonomies/ontologies in supporting products and services. Experience with taxonomy-management systems. Expertise in: information retrieval/search, information organization and classification, and content or entity extraction. Strong analytical skills; experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods desirable. Demonstrated leadership abilities for managing people and projects. Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Additional qualifications

Machine learning background preferred.

Experience with TopBraid, Protégé, PoolParty, or other graph-based taxonomy/ontology management tools preferred.

Exemption status Exempt

Compensation Detail

Required education, experience, and tenure may be considered along with internal equity when job offers are extended. The salary range every 2 weeks is approx. $3284.80-$4930.40 based on a full-time position.

Benefits eligible Yes

Schedule Full Time

Hours / Pay period 80

Schedule details Full time, exempt. 40 hr/week.

Site description

Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.

Category Administration, Business, Finance

Job posting number 154559BR

Recruiter Stephanie Finer

Equal opportunity

As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer Mayo Clinic is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its employees and does not discriminate against any employee or candidate. Women, minorities, veterans, people from the LGBTQ communities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to join our teams. Reasonable accommodations to access job openings or to apply for a job are available.