Job: UCSF Library Data Science Initiative, Scientific Lead (San Francisco, CA)
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UCSF Library Data Science Initiative Overview and Primary Mission:

With the growth in data intensive sciences, data science skills are becoming increasingly necessary for researchers to successfully collect, analyze, interpret, manage, and archive their research data. The Data Science Initiative (DSI) is the UCSF Library's attempt to gather together experts from across the university to build an education and collaboration hub for data science activities at UCSF. Data Science in the UCSF Library context means anything that involves working with data (collecting it, analyzing it, securing it, archiving it, sharing it, etc.). The workshops and programs we offer will teach scientists how to program in R and Python, create data visualizations, use software to analyze large biomedical datasets, share their data to meet publication requirements, find public genomic data and much more. Operating out of the UCSF Library on the Parnassus campus, the DSI will be a community-driven initiative enabling researchers, faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines to come together to learn, connect, explore, and innovate.

In keeping with the long-standing mission of the UCSF Library, the DSI focuses on serving all UCSF students, faculty and staff regardless of their area of research or level of technical expertise. The DSI will host a variety of activities and programs, driven by the needs of the UCSF community, including classes, workshops, meetups, seminars, and 1-1 consultations with DSI experts.

Position Overview:

The UCSF DSI seeks a dynamic, innovative individual for the position of Scientific Lead. The successful candidate will have a strong background in the biomedical sciences and an entrepreneurial approach to developing new services and programs related to data science. The DSI Scientific Lead is responsible for assessing the data science needs of the UCSF research community, and – in close collaboration with the existing DSI Data Management Lead and our DSI partners - developing and implementing a plan to address data science needs through a variety of activities including instruction, consultation, and web-based information tools. The DSI Scientific Lead will work closely with other DSI staff to design, develop, and implement programs to support a vibrant multidisciplinary data science community and culture at UCSF.

Major Responsibilities:

Planning and Leadership (40%):

• Work closely with the DSI Data Management Lead and Interim Library Director to develop objectives, strategic plans, and realize the goals of the DSI • Engage with researchers from across the UCSF campuses to identify unmet data science needs and organize workshops and tutorials to address these. • Work collaboratively with other data services groups on campus including the UCSF ICHS • Develop relationships with other regional Data Science Initiatives (including UC Berkeley, UC Davis) and potential industry partners • Identify potential funding opportunities to help meet the long term objectives of the DSI

Instruction (30%)

• Design and teach classes or workshops in an area of data science or bioinformatics expertise • Provide data services consultations through regularly scheduled office hour appointments

Administration (20%)

• Prepare project updates and promote the DSI and its activities via websites and social media. • Organize DSI research events (seminars, workshops, conferences, meetups). • Recruit and coordinate DSI instructors

Contributions to UCSF and the Field (10%)

• Monitor developments in data science practice and training. • Publish as appropriate in relevant publications. • Present research results at relevant conferences and speaking opportunities. • Attend and support UCSF and regional data science oriented clubs and events.

Position Qualifications

Required Minimum Qualifications

• PhD in a biomedical science domain, bioinformatics, data science, or related field • Experience in one or more of the following data science areas: bioinformatics programming in R or Python data curation and data management statistical & machine learning methods data visualization data acquisition (public datasets, EHR data, etc.) • Experience teaching classes (curriculum or non-curriculum based), workshops, or leading seminars • Experience in independently managing projects and multiple priorities using effective problem-solving and analytic techniques, and technologies

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in data science or bioinformatics research projects, specifically in applying tools and techniques to solve biomedical research problems • Experience building or managing a team • Experience building a new program or project with a clear vision and achievable goals • Experience fostering new collaborations with faculty and researchers, and also with different institutions – academic, governmental and industrial. • Experience organizing small conferences/workshops, and tutorials, seminars, etc. • Experience in mentoring women and minorities in STEM fields is desired

Please Note:

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status

To Apply: Please submit a Cover Letter, CV, and the names of 3 references to

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