|The successful candidate will be responsible for evaluating, developing, and overseeing the Informatics and Information Technology (IIT) components of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, partnering with national laboratories and several academic institutions. The GLBRC is one of three Department of Energy centers tasked to conduct fundamental, genomics-based research on microbial and plant systems to generate technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels and chemicals.
The GLBRC IIT Director will lead day-to-day activities that focus on the highest-quality customer service and provide access to modern information technology. The IIT Director will assemble, organize, and direct informatics support of research and operational missions, as well as promote communication and collaboration among faculty and staff. The IIT Director will develop and direct the strategic and tactical planning to address center-wide issues.
Under the general direction of the GLBRC Associate Director, the IIT Director is responsible for leading a team of professional staff in the development, implementation, and support of the Center's data management and analysis infrastructure. In addition, the IIT Director is responsible for maintaining working relations with computational biology staff who are embedded in various research programs within the Center. The individual requires extensive experience, resourcefulness, and creativity to anticipate and develop the Center's unique scientific computational resources.
This position provides oversight of the IIT infrastructure in collaboration with faculty, researchers, and operations staff. The successful candidate must have the ability to lead a team using modern software development procedures, such as agile development and test-driven software development. Significant responsibilities include providing vision, leadership, scientific expertise, and problem-solving skills in the development of a reliable LIMS system and bioinformatics support. These systems and procedures must handle the variety of data types generated and data analyses needed by GLBRC researchers, as well as the database infrastructure that ensures data integrity, compliance, and the development of well-designed interfaces that meet the needs of researchers in GLBRC. Informatics systems at GLBRC have stakeholders at other academic institutions, national laboratories, and Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs) nationally, as well as partners at JGI (Joint Genome Institute) and DOE (Department of Energy).
The IIT Director will work with Center management to develop the GLBRC's informatics strategy in consideration of the mission, goals, and objectives for the Center; to develop annual IIT budgets based on periodic needs assessment and feedback from the GLBRC Management Team; to monitor IIT expenditures to ensure compliance with available budget; and to manage and oversee long-range and short-term IIT needs and purchase necessary equipment to ensure a progressive IIT unit.
Oversight of Information Technology will require the IIT Director to have the ability to either critique existing or develop updated back-up and disaster recovery policies to ensure security of all information systems, data, and equipment; center-wide policies and documentation regarding operations, computer use, data center facilities, and security; and priorities for the development of new services and facilities.
The IIT Director will ensure a positive and supportive work environment for professional staff in the IIT unit; develop individual performance standards for employees and direct progress through regular performance feedback and evaluations; forecast future staff and equipment needs and secure resources to assure that needs are met; assess both technical and financial aspects of decisions to ensure feasibility and cost effectiveness; hire exceptional IIT staff; and orient and train new IIT staff.
The IIT Director is an active member of the GLBRC Management Team and will be expected to travel to meetings and conferences as a representative of the team.
Joining the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is a unique opportunity to play a key role in a premier research center tasked with a mission of great societal importance - sustainable bioenergy. For additional information regarding the GLBRC, visit our website: http://www.glbrc.org.