Director of Clinical Bioinformatics

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2010009 BSD - Center for Data Intensive Science

About the Unit
The Center for Data Intensive Science at the University of Chicago is a research center pioneering translational data science to advance biology, medicine, and environmental research. Data driven research approaches require interdisciplinary innovation in computing technology, algorithms, and statistical models. The growing volume of data available necessitates advances in the sophistication of these methods. Our work centers around developing instruments to integrate commons of complex data with cloud computing technology. We architect large scale commons of research data, computing resources, applications, tools, services. Our guiding principles center around open data, open-source software, and open infrastructure. Through this approach, we can more effectively use data at scale to study and pursue scientific inquiry in the areas of biology, medicine, healthcare, and the environment. We are leaders in data sharing, democratizing access for the broader research community and accelerating discovery. Our leadership emerged with the launch of the first open-source cloud-based computational research platform recognized as an NIH Trusted Partner, achieving rigorous data quality and data management service requirements. Today we offer over seven petabytes of rich research data through the following data commons platforms: - NCI Genomic Data Commons - BRAIN Data Commons - Kids First Data Coordinating Center - Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud - Blood Profiling Atlas for Cancer - OCC Environmental Data Commons - Open Science Data Cloud We are based in Chicago, but our work engages collaborators from across the world.

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Job Summary:

The Director of Clinical Bioinformatics will provide broad leadership and direction for the strategic planning, evaluation, design, and implementation of the clinical bioinformatics activities. Mentors, inspires and provides management oversight to all members of the clinical bioinformatics team and collaborates with other Directors within the Center for Data Intensive Science. Engages in joint clinical research projects with faculty in the Biological Sciences Division (BSD). Establishes the vision and guides the team on the future directions for the clinical bioinformatics group. Responsible for introducing new projects designed to aid research in clinical and biomedical sciences. Establishes best-in-practice operations. Understands the skill requirements demanded by future services, assesses current skill levels, and plans staff development accordingly. Actively recruits and retains talented staff.

Introduces new projects designed to aid in clinical and/or biomedical research applications. Supports the staff in executing, testing, and rolling-out project specific solutions. Participates in the design of the processes, and the implementation of data analysis improvements. Reviews project team techniques to ensure that appropriate guidelines are followed for project management, change control, problem management, and documentation.


  • Provides overall leadership of the clinical bioinformatics team setting the strategy, vision, and direction
  • Lead a team to implement sound clinical bioinformatics strategies to support the research strategies of the unit
  • Develop, coordinate, and execute the clinical bioinformatics strategic, operating, talent, and budget plans
  • Work with senior management to ensure clinical bioinformatics strategy aligns with the organizational and divisional goals and plans
  • Collaborate with faculty within the BSD on clinical bioinformatics research projects and developing clinical bioinformatics systems.
  • Develop goals and prioritize clinical bioinformatics effort to align with the needs of the organization while positioning the University of Chicago as a leader in biomedical data science
  • Direct the functional business unit, applied to research collaborations, clinical bioinformatics development and clinical/translational efforts, including analytical software and pipeline development, integration, and maintenance
  • Work closely with the leadership to coordinate and efficiently manage the resources of the clinical bioinformatics team
  • Foster an inclusive culture that fosters innovation and creativity to address key clinical bioinformatics challenges
  • Develop, execute and maintain expertise in 'best-practices' in clinical bioinformatics and large-scale informatics methods
  • Provide leadership, mentorship and supervision to all members of the clinical bioinformatics team
  • Design future research directions and prepare for any changes in organizational structure and technical expertise accordingly for the team
  • Drive team development including coaching, goal setting, hiring, technical mentorship, and development and enforcement of best practices
  • Develop, facilitate and execute clinical bioinformatics training and educational efforts
  • Be a visible, engaged, collaborative leader in the biomedical data science community representing the University of Chicago in relevant conferences, platforms and mediums to advance the research, field and organization

This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by extramural funds (e.g., grant, gift, endowment) which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor. Your employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these extramural funds and your satisfactory job performance. If your position is eliminated due to the discontinuation of extramural funding, you will be given a minimum of one pay period's written notice (if exempt: 30 days, if non-exempt: 2 weeks), or pay in-lieu of notice.

  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Budget management skills
  • Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods
  • Knowledge of scientific applications and equipment
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office

Additional Requirements

  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field
  • Postdoctoral training preferred

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the field of clinical bioinformatics or bioinformatics
  • Minimum of three (3) years of management and/or supervisory skills
  • Experience managing multi-institutional research projects and collaborations
  • Experience leading the scientific direction of a research resource
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed publications in clinical bioinformatics
  • Experience working with large biomedical datasets preferred
  • Experience leading the development of large-scale software applications preferred
  • Experience training and mentoring early career staff scientists preferred

Required Documents:
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Research Statement
  • Cover Letter preferred

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

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Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 3/6/2018
Application Due: 5/5/2018
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