Research Informatics Center Manager

California, United States
31 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The Office of the Senior Associate Dean of Research is recruiting a manager provide leadership and coordination of administrative and operations-for its Research Informatics Center (RIC), which provides consultation and data delivery services to the entire School of Medicine and is a critical part of the overall data science infrastructure supporting all biomedical research. This Research Informatics Center Manager 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 in Stanford Medicine. The Manager 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 Manager will be responsible for managing 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.

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. A major role will be to devise and implement strategies for outreach to the entire School of Medicine, educating potential users about the resources and services RIC provides and the ways this can enable their research and lead to new research directions.

Reporting to the faculty director and in tight partnership with the Director of Finance and Administration and a Faculty Advisory Committee, the Manager of the RIC 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 RIC will oversee a team to translate research needs into actionable projects, and will work with the Research, Informatics, and IT communities at Stanford to prioritize, staff and implement projects.

Because effective communication skills are required for this position, a cover letter is expected to accompany the application to be considered.

Duties include:

Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization and the day-to-day operations. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, professional development and accountable for the performance of employees. Other duties include:

  • 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 Center. 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.
  • May independently or in collaboration with human resources managers, guide supervisors in the interpretation and implementation of RIC human resources policies, procedures and programs.
  • Developing and implementing strategic plan(s) for functional area(s) managed; Provide strategy, vision and direction. Make decisions that establish objectives for the overall direction or operation of a significant organization. Influence leadership on specific recommendations for current operations and future development. May develop multi-year business plans. Oversee allocation of all resources.
  • Interpreting, implementing and ensuring compliance with regulations, policies and procedures. Recommend and/or formulate internal administrative policies, guidelines and procedures. Direct process improvement for organization or program.
  • Overseeing the finances for area of responsibility as well as developing, monitoring, and analyzing a complex consolidated annual budget.
  • Representing the organization's business operations and administrative affairs within the organization, and/or outside constituencies. May represent the organization to external constituencies.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • At least 5 years experience managing teams of 5 or more people in a research related field.


  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Demonstrated supervisory skills including conflict resolution.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated financial management knowledge.
  • Strong expertise in business and management computer applications and databases.
  • Proficiency in industry standards and/or regulatory requirements.
  • Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility.
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
  • Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and, decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and meet budget goals.
  • Demonstrated solid planning and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong relevant subject matter knowledge.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds;
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job


  • Occasionally work evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4142
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: K
Requisition ID: 84761

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