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Director of Data Science and Analytics

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Department Renaissance Computing Inst-637100
Working Title Director of Data Science and Analytics
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty Research
Position Posting Category Research Professionals
Salary Range Dependent on qualifications and experience
Full Time/Part Time? Full-Time Permanent
Hours per Week 40
Vacancy ID NF0002609
Position ID 01001735
Posting Open Date 06/26/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Start Date 08/01/2017
Position Summary

The Director of Data Science and Analytics is responsible for identifying research opportunities, coordinating research projects, and assembling research teams and executing projects. This position is responsible for developing and managing research programs that advance RENCI’s mission in data science. This includes developing research proposals to federal agencies, foundations, and state and local governments that support research at the convergence of domain sciences, data science and analytics. The Director will have an overall understanding of RENCI’s capabilities, and will work to advance these capabilities and will coordinate research projects that are across research groups. She/he will identify and recommend scientific and technological directions for RENCI based on institution-wide goals. She/he will direct and manage the RENCI data science and analytics group. The Director will interact with campus faculty and other external stakeholders to advance RENCI’s mission in the research and practice the application of advanced data science and analytics infrastructure to enable and accelerate domain sciences.

Principal Functions

Direct the data science and analytics program at RENCI: The Director will work with collaborators on campus, and other institutions, to identify domain areas of research and practice that can be accelerated through the application of new approaches in data science and analytics. The director will work with collaborators and RENCI staff and managers to develop strategic plans for addressing these needs and he/she will act to guide and champion such plans to ensure plans are met. The Director will work with research groups at RENCI and other research groups throughout the nation to identify and accelerate the development and research of new approaches in data science and analytics. Direct personnel and projects within the Analytics Program. Track research activity across computer science and cyberinfrastructures, especially in areas of analytics and data-driven domain science research. Represent RENCI at key national meetings as well as develop and publish scientific papers.

Sponsored Research: Identify sponsored research opportunities and form collaborations with relevant research groups. Develop proposals for sponsored research. Effectively manage sponsored research awards.

Educational Requirements

Ph.D. highly desirable, Master’s degree required in computer science, engineering, informatics or a related field. Five to seven years of professional experience in leading research projects in informatics, data science and analytics. Experience managing a group of technical personnel. Experience with proposal development, working with funding agencies, and interdisciplinary research.

Qualifications and Experience

Specialized scientific knowledge of data science, big data architectures such as Hadoop and Spark, cloud computing, advanced analytics and machine learning, and computational science. Experience with agile software development practices and open source, reproducible coding principles. Familiarity with major programming languages such as Python, Java, C, C++, R. Ability to build collaborative efforts with appropriate departments. Excellent oral and written communication skills including presentations to diverse constituencies, strong interpersonal communication and human relations abilities and demonstrated team building skills. Management and administrative skills. Ability to foster and maintain collaborations with both academic and industrial researchers. Ability to write proposals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Optional Documents
  1. List of References

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
    • Bachelor’s degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
    • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
    • None of the above