Technical Project Manager

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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 software platforms to integrate repositories of complex data with cloud computing technology. We architect large scale data commons consisting of research data, computing resources, and software applications, tools, and 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 developing large scale data platforms that support the analysis of large and complex datasets, enable data sharing, and accelerate research discoveries. Our center developed the first, or one of the first, large scale data clouds, data commons, and data ecosystems supporting biomedical and environmental research. Today we offer over seven petabytes of rich research data through the following data commons platforms: - NCI Genomic Data Commons - Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud - Blood Profiling Atlas for Cancer - BRAIN Data Commons - 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 Technical Project Manager currently supports the development of innovative data sharing platforms for biomedical research. A typical day can include project planning, backlog management, client communication, quality assurance, writing user stories, team stand ups, and working group meetings. The project manager will be the process authority and will work with functional areas in the center to coordinate activities, manage dependencies, and embed new processes to support the team and project operations. The project manager manages several complex projects, ensuring smooth and industry-standard execution of an Agile software development lifecycle and provision of commons data services. Plans, executes, and finalizes project tasks and deliverables according to agreed upon deadlines and within budget. This responsibility includes coordinating the efforts of all team members and clients in order to deliver project tasks and products according to the plan and stakeholder priorities. Works closely with the scrum master and architect on requirements gathering, backlog prioritization and grooming, and sprint planning activities. 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.


  • Facilitate Project Manager responsibilities across the entire project lifecycle for multiple biomedical informatics projects.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for the client and stakeholders for communications to and from the technical and scientific teams. Ensures appropriate approvals are in place for compliance. Works closely with the technical and scientific leads to develop project plans and ensure each team is on track, disseminating project updates. Gathers requirements and assists with specifications and use cases. Manages project communications and schedules.
  • Coordinates activities with the project team including software engineering, quality assurance, cloud operations, bioinformatics, and IT security to highlight dependencies, manage risks, and ensure timely completion. The project team may include remote subcontractors. Coordinates activities between the project team and other University groups including, but not limited to: IT Services, Contracts, Purchasing, Finance, University Research Administration, Legal, and Administration. Functions as the liaison between the project team, prime sponsor, vendors, external collaborators, and leadership. Provides regular status reports as appropriate. Ensures delivery of project documentation and deliverables.
  • Proactively ensures senior leadership and stakeholders are aware of all challenges and issues and makes recommendations for resolution. Facilitates the change review process and drives change management among the team. Follows through to stakeholder acceptance.
  • Participate in team backlog refinement, sprint planning and execution to ensure transparency and delivery of user stories .
  • Monitor and report progress, identifying dependencies and blockers and working with the team to resolve.
  • Support complex cross-team planning sessions for roadmap, technical trade off decision making, work intake, dependency identification and risk mitigation plans.
  • Manage risk logs, release status, and metrics that can identify opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Prepare for and facilitate large scale meetings and present technical matters with business, scientific, and engineering audiences.

  • Ability to take a broad plan or proposal and break it into incremental tasks and oversee the completion of each task.
  • Ability to come into a team used to minimal supervision and oversight and ensure accountability for deliverables.
  • Ability to persuade others to adapt new structures or systems in order to meet objectives.
  • Ability to gain the trust of management in order to gain the authority to successfully coordinate the team.
  • Ability to negotiate successfully on behalf of a unit.
  • Solid understanding of how to deliver supportable systems with cost-effective maintainability as a design objective.
  • Project management skills, including a demonstrated ability to manage own time well and achieve objectives.
  • Staff management skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.
  • Ability to record information accurately and effectively.
  • Strong analytical abilities, especially with respect to administrative information system projects.
  • Ability to systematize and organize large amounts of data and information.
  • Ability to learn new content areas and new skills quickly and well.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with details.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively advanced experience technical experience required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of project management experience required.
  • Experience in full life cycle project management required
  • Experience managing software projects in an Agile environment required.
  • Demonstrated experience coming into a complex project with minimal project management structure, evaluating the requirements and successfully gaining buy in to implement a project management structure required.
  • Experience working with teams of engineers and scientists preferred.
  • Experience managing federal contracts preferred.
  • Experience working with regulatory compliance for HIPAA and/or FISMA preferred.
  • Domain experience in biomedical informatics or healthcare IT preferred.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume

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

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Job No:
Posted: 12/5/2018
Application Due: 12/11/2018
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