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Director, Quantitative Sciences - Information Services

Quantitative Rsch Computing 600814
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The Director, Quantitative Sciences Information Services (Quantitative Research Computing) provides leadership to quantitative science information technology, programming, and computing services Groups for the Quantitative Science Departments.  This includes the daily operations of and the computing direction for the Division.  


The Director oversees four major areas listed below and these Groups provide information technology, computing, and software development services to the Department of Biostatistics (BST), the Department of Bioinformatics (BCB), and Computational Biology (BCB) and collaborating researchers throughout the Institution.

  • Information and Computing Services Group:  provides information technology and computing environments for BST and BCB as well as for collaborating faculty within the institution. 
  • Data Management Initiative Group:  provides clinical trial application and database development services.  It operates and manages software services and an integrated database for web-based data collection, randomized treatment assignment, reporting, and data quality management.
  • Clinical Trial Design and Implementation Services Group:  delivers software and statistical tools for all stages of clinical trial design, planning, implementation, and analysis.
  • BCB Software Engineering Group:  team utilizes a variety of programming languages to develop products including applications, R packages, web services, and software that runs on workstations, servers, or clusters. 
Key functions:
  • Directs all aspects of information technology, programming, and computing resources for the Quantitative Science Departments.
  • Serves on the institution’s Technology Infrastructure & IS Standards Steering Team and several technical committees providing expertise in the area of Information Technology.
  • Directs supervision of IT professional staff to evaluate, design, and implement the information and computing infrastructure for ad hoc and long-term research projects for the departments.
  • Determine strategies for scientific computing and interact with researchers to supervise personnel responsible for implementing software tools and packages.
  • Participates in planning and provides management oversight to ensure technical services are available, integrated, and managed appropriately across all operating systems, hardware configurations, software packages, storage environments, and database management systems.
  • Provides and articulates resource requirements (financial, technical, and human resource), risk analysis, and impact of requested information and computing needs for the departments.
  • Works with the Information Services Division on the integration with institutional systems and on-going support issues including transferring mature production projects.
  • Proactively resolves technical issues encountered within the department’s information and computing infrastructure by working with all levels of personnel both internal and external to the departments.
  • In conjunction with institutional leadership, evaluates new technologies, software, hardware, and vendors that may provide opportunities for solutions or new applications necessary to accomplish departmental goals, objectives, and strategies, particularly in the areas of information and computing needs.
  • Cultivates and manages strong, positive customer service relationships within the departments and across the institution.




~Seven years’ experience directly related to the functions specified above.

~Five years of management/supervisory experience in IT or related field.

~Demonstrated managerial achievement and technical knowledge with demonstrated ability to manage technical projects.


~Experience in an academic healthcare setting.

~Experience with writing collaborative grants.




~Bachelor Degree in computer science, software engineering, management information

systems, healthcare, or related field.



~Master’s Degree (engineering, computer science, information systems management,

healthcare, or related field).


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