Stanford University is seeking a Director of Research Informatics in the School of Medicine who will play a critical leadership role in enabling the innovative use of data science technology, resources, and analytics to advance our clinical and basic science research missions. The Director will be responsible for setting a vision and practical action plan to create, operate and continually evolve services and tools that will support the complex and diverse research activities of Stanford faculty and research staff that depend on effectively accessing and using biomedical data at one of the world's top biomedical research institutions working on the frontiers of science and health care. The incumbent will have a major role in enabling Stanford Medicine to harness its vast biomedical data resources to catalyze innovative research and lead to Stanford becoming pre-eminent in learning healthcare systems and data-driven medicine.
The position will serve as a key point of contact among a broad array of internal stakeholders, external research collaborators and industry partners in Silicon Valley and beyond. As such, the incumbent must create and maintain strong partnerships with technical and non-technical individuals, clinical and basic science faculty, leadership within Stanford Medicine and throughout the University, as well as with industry.
Reporting to leadership in the Dean's office and working in tight partnership with the Senior Associate Dean for Research and a faculty Advisory Committee, the Director of Research Informatics will be a leader in helping develop and grow a service organization within Stanford Medicine that will be the interface between data science tools, resources, and analytics and end-users who leverage them to enable their research. The incumbent will also be the primary representative of Stanford Medicine in a variety of initiatives that coordinating the Research Informatics organization's response to faculty investigators' data access and analytical needs. The Director of Research Informatics will translate research needs into actionable projects, and will work with the Research, Informatics, and IT communities at Stanford to prioritize, staff and implement those projects.
The Director will be responsible for overseeing a highly-qualified group of professional staff and fostering a strong culture based on team building, career development and excellence. The group is anticipated to comprise approximately 10 individuals, including several who hold masters and doctoral degrees.
Because effective communication skills are required for this position, a cover letter is expected to accompany the application in order to be considered.
Specifically, the Director of Research Informatics will be responsible for:*
Creating and managing a data science service organization that understands and meets the needs of users in discovering, accessing, and using biomedical data in their research.
Understanding the needs of faculty and staff researchers whose research depends on discovering and using biomedical data, developing requirements for meeting those needs, and creating and implementing strategic plans for meeting the requirements.
Managing and facilitating access to data sets including clinical data, genomics, imaging, wearable/sensor data, population-scale data sets and others.
Evaluating, implementing and managing processes and novel tools including both custom-developed software and third party packages to enable meeting user data science needs.
Recruiting, hiring and managing the staff within the Research Informatics group.
Foster a strong team environment, career advancement opportunities and new skills development.
Collaborating with the Research IT and Biostatistics groups as a trifecta of organizations providing data infrastructure and services.
Fostering strong relationships with industry partners as well as very startups with high potential to enable Stanford's research objectives.
Establishing and continually evolving an actionable vision for efficient processes and novel tools to meet the needs of the research community under the guidance of the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Stanford Medicine leadership.
Working closely with the Stanford Medicine Research IT and health system technology groups to facilitate the ability of researchers to pursue translational research in the clinical setting and reduce barriers for the use of data at Stanford.
Maintaining a leading edge knowledge of technology developments related to biomedicine including genomics, machine learning, biobanking, imaging and other technology subspecialties.
Collaborating with The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education - Spectrum and Stanford's broader research organization to understand and support informatics needs.
Representing Stanford School of Medicine by participating in research informatics collaboratives, such as: Accrual to Clinical Trials - ACT (http://www.act-network.org/) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's PCORnet initiatives.
Ensuring that initiatives comply with relevant Federal and State regulations and Stanford's data security policies.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains d...edicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 9000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.