University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 230400

Position Summary:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications for the director position at the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute (DSI). The DSI was established as a new center within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) as of July 1, 2019. Data science is the study, development, and application of methods that reveal new insights from data. Data can include numbers, text, images, graphs, sounds, code, and metadata.

Three primary functions will drive the work of DSI: Research, Translation, and Collaboration.
-Cutting-edge research projects with substantial funding will involve multiple Principal Investigators (PIs) working together toward common research goals in fundamental data science.
-Translation involves partnerships between data scientists and domain research scientists to translate ideas into practice crucial to project success, by transforming frontier research methods into adaptable resources.
-Collaboration will connect researchers from all disciplines with available data science resources, experts, and efforts through facilitation guidance, training, and events.

The enterprise-wide scale of the DSI will greatly enhance the university's ability to compete for large multidisciplinary grants as well as for individual faculty to be more competitive in their applications for federal and foundation funding.

This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.

Principal duties:
-Provide vision and leadership for institute activities and establish a research environment to support and collaborate with data scientists on campus, including strong collaborations with the School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences (CDIS) within the College of Letters & Science.
-Responsible for the overall success of DSI through strategic planning, management of finances, and leadership of the administrative staff that runs the institute's day-to-day activities.
-Maintain knowledge of significant developments in data science in order to anticipate the directions of future research.
-Coordinate and facilitate grants involving the DSI.
-Communicate to OVCRGE and DSI staff on a regular basis the state of the institute, its progress, and its upcoming tasks and opportunities. Work with American Family on operational aspects of the institute.
-Actively engage in promotion of diversity, equity and an inclusive culture in the DSI and its initiatives
-Participate in national and international research programs and in professional society affairs. Serve on various committees and advisory boards and participate in other public activities within the University of Wisconsin and State of Wisconsin.

The Director will manage external relations efficiently and effectively, both within the UW-Madison and in the wider community, to facilitate support and collaboration for the Institute's research and outreach activities. S/he will need to develop and manage collaborative relationships within the University's scientific community, and other private and public sectors. The Director is expected to work collaboratively with his/her counterpart in the CDIS.

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