PCDC Program Manager

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2010011 BSD - Center for Research Informatics

About the Unit
Since 2011, the Center for Research Informatics (CRI) has advanced the forefront of biomedical and biological sciences at the University of Chicago and beyond. Our 35+ member staff has expertise in clinical data analytics, machine learning, natural language processing, software engineering, and genomic analysis. Recent projects have included designing predictive models of adverse clinical events, developing a clinical trials management software system, and creating custom genomics pipelines. Our team built and now manages one of the largest research-based clinical data warehouses in the country, along with an infrastructure environment that supports high performance computing, compliant storage, and virtualization. In addition to working on world-class research at UChicago, we collaborate on major multi-institutional projects that are changing the face of healthcare and data science. Our work also extends into the private sector, where we support both mature and start-up firms with expert consulting on clinical and genomic data analysis.

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Job Summary:

We are looking for a highly motivated Program Manager to coordinate the efforts of our diverse team of medical experts, clinical data analyts, and software engineers currently constructing a Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) at the University of Chicago. The PCDC is transforming research in childhood oncology by creating a single platform of harmnized clinical data that will serve as a global resource for medical investigators. At present the disease areas include neuroblastoma, sarcoma, leukemia and lymphoma, and we will expand into other areas over the next several years. The Program Manager will serve as the prime mover of these projects, optimize resource allocations, and engage our clients and project stakeholders to ensure successful outcomes.

This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.


  • Builds and executes project plans for all PCDC initiatives.
  • Serves as primary point of contact between clients and PCDC teams.
  • Provides regular, detailed reports on status of individual projects and entire portfolio to PCDC leadership and other stakeholders.
  • Defines and maintains governance over all projects within the PCDC program.
  • Manages contracts and sponsored research agreements
  • Provides outreach to funding agencies and foundations to develop future contracts.

  • Knowledge of project management concepts and best practices required. These include at a minimum resources allocation, budget and schedule management, and reporting conventions to project leadership
  • Broad familiarity with numerous information technology disciplines required
  • Excellent supervisory and staff management skills required
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills required
  • Outstanding leadership skills, including the ability to bring differing factions together to reach decisions in a timely manner in large-scale fast-moving projects required
  • Ability to facilitate technical discussions, as well as the ability to synthesize, summarize and generate insight from large amounts of complex data and information required
  • Ability to accurately monitor project progress, to keep track of effort and funds expended and committed, and to anticipate at an early stage any need for changes in project direction, scope, objectives, funding, or timeline required
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail on general, and sometimes ambiguous, instructions for projects required
  • Knowledge of medical research (esp. oncology) and clinical data preferred

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Advanced degree (e.g. MSc, Ph.D, MBA) preferred

  • A minimum of three years of experience in a variety of progressively responsible information technology or scientific research roles required
  • Successful experience leading at least one sizable, complex project, preferably serving multiple and/or competing constituencies required

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Reference Contact list strongly preferred

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 9/9/2018
Application Due: 9/12/2018
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