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CTSC Director of Informatics Program Management


Harvard Medical School




USA - MA - Boston

Job Function

Information Technology

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The Center for Biomedical Informatics

Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities

The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), known as Harvard Catalyst, facilitates clinical and translational research throughout the 27 Harvard schools and Academic Healthcare Centers (Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and others) by lowering barriers to inter-institutional research, providing seed funding for collaborative experiments, and helping trainees and faculty gain access to resources. Harvard Catalyst's annual operating budget exceeds $38 million, funded by the NIH and the participating Harvard institutions.
Reporting to the Director of Informatics Technology, the Director of Informatics Program Management will be responsible for a portfolio of Informatics projects, with a budget greater than $5m. The projects are establishing unprecedented capabilities for biomedical researchers to conduct research across Harvard and at a national scale. The Director of Informatics Program Management will oversee the planning, development, deployment, operational support, open source release and national/international open source community building for this portfolio of projects. This includes the oversight of the development of web applications, service oriented architectures, formal ontologies, data processing pipelines and data repositories as well as content management systems, data management/curation tools and search systems. As the Director she/he will also identify and coordinate opportunities to perform outreach at key national events and the hosting of national/international conferences regarding advances in biomedical informatics. The Director in this position will also identify and coordinate: submission of grant proposals/contracts and would also be included along with acting as sub-contracts on non-Harvard grants and contracts and new proposals being submitted. With the projects having broad national use as well as international visibility the individual will utilize his/her experience and leadership skills to help manage these many senior stakeholders, strategic message to the research community and execution. In addition to the complete oversight of all projects, the Director will supervise 3 staff members.

Basic Qualifications

MS in Informatics, Information Technology, Information Management, Business Management or a related discipline is required. Successful candidates will have at least 10 years software development experience in multi-tier environments. The incumbent will have experience developing innovative systems to facilitate biomedical research and at least 7 years of experience in developing and applying project processes flexibly to individual projects. Mastery of all aspects of the project life cycle is necessary – including: requirements gathering use case development, user/usability studies, design, execution, QA, release and support. Previous supervisory experience required.

Additional Qualifications

The successful candidate must have experience in a variety of informatics development areas including: applications, networks and data management systems. This person must have experience developing: web applications, service oriented architectures, formal ontologies, data processing pipelines and data repositories (relational, XML and RDF). Must also have experience with content management systems, data management/curation tools and search systems. This person must have experience in agile development methods, development risk management, and a variety of project management tools and creation of reporting tools/documents for non-technical stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have worked in a research setting as well as the private sector.

Familiarity with Harvard processes and procedures a plus. Candidates with the ability to prioritize and handle a wide range of tasks simultaneously, and possess good judgment, sense of initiative, a detail focus will also be highly regarded.

Additional Information

This is a grant funded position until June 30, 2014.

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Job Category:

Healthcare/Life Sciences

Career Level:

Mid Career (2+ years of experience)

Job Type:

Full Time/Permanent