First listed on: 25 July 2018

Research Informatics Manager 

Sydney Informatics Hub / Core research Facilities
DVC - Research
Reference no. 1361-0718F

  • A great opportunity to manage the data science program for supporting researchers across the University
  • Full-time, Fixed Term for 3 years, Located at Darlington Campus
  • SGS Level 3, with a competitive remuneration package

About the opportunity 

The Research Informatics Manager is a senior leadership role in the Sydney Informatics Hub (SIH), a University Core Research Facility serving academics and researchers across all faculties. The Research Informatics Manager will manage the program for supporting researchers across the University, including Medicine and Health Sciences, in their data science needs, and responsibility for building research relationships and opportunities for the University in this key strategic area. The Research Informatics Manager will have oversight of service delivery, project governance and implementation of key aspects of strategy under the Sydney Informatics Hub activities.  The Research Informatics Manager will report to the Director of SIH.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Informatics Manager who possesses:

  • Tertiary education (preferably to PhD level) in a computational area of study (data science, computer science, computational statistics, engineering, physics, biology, for example).
  • Experience in identifying and influencing critical stakeholders and development of a portfolio of internal and external relationships leading to mission oriented collaboration.
  • Demonstrated client management, senior stakeholder relationship, group advocacy, and strategic planning skills.  Awareness and demonstrated skills in dealing with organisational politics.
  • A demonstrated ability to lead an engineering team to together deliver bespoke software tools, data services and data products.
  • A demonstrated understanding of modern data science methods and familiarity with statistical or machine learning techniques.
  • A deep understanding of modern data science software and tools, from high performance computing to cloud computing, information systems and the many existing commercial products used for data management and analytics.
  • A deep knowledge of modern data-centric programming languages including python, R, and development languages including C++ or Java.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including the ability to apply appropriate management strategies and communication to maintain high levels of motivation and productivity, giving feedback for development purposes and providing support for improvement.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, evidenced by high-level reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities and the capacity to identify and influence critical stakeholders to gain support for complex proposals/ideas.
  • A proven track record of developing, maintaining and motivating high performance teams; building functional capability through individual development and succession planning; implementing training, coaching, mentoring and relevant development strategies within the broader team, experience managing and resolving a diverse range of HR issues.
  • Proven ability to anticipate problems, develop appropriate solutions based on thorough evaluation and interpretation and defend conclusions with reasoned arguments.
  • Preferably with experience in the application of data science in Health.

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack for a detailed Position Description. To be considered, it is essential that you upload a resume and address the online selection criteria.

About us

The University of Sydney is committed to investing in and driving a culture of research excellence, as described in the University’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, with the aim of ensuring that all of our academic staff are enabled to pursue and produce their best work possible, including tackling the most difficult questions in their fields, publishing in the highest quality places, working with the best partners both inside and outside the sector and addressing the major challenges our communities face.

The University is implementing several initiatives to achieve this goal, including launching the Sydney Research Excellence Initiative, which will finance our research infrastructure plan. The University’s Decadal Plan for Major Research Infrastructure sets out an ambitious program of rolling investment in a number of Core Research Facilities over the next period that will benefit all of our faculties, including the natural and physical sciences, the life sciences, creative arts, the humanities and social sciences.

A Core Research Facility is a centralised, shared capability spanning multiple faculties, providing access to high-end research infrastructure and offering a range of related services to assist researchers with specialist applications. The facilities serve as focal points of research activity, bringing together a critical mass of researchers from diverse disciplines, while providing the means to better manage and sustain high-end research infrastructure to deliver quality research outcomes, particularly in areas of strategic priority.

The Sydney Informatics Hub (SIH) addresses the opportunity presented by the unparalleled growth in the quantity and variety of data driving progress in all areas of academia. The opportunity exists to access and make effective use of data across all disciplines, from new discoveries in science and health, to developing a better understanding of individuals and society, to driving better outcomes for business and government. SIH’s primary aim is to develop the capacity to support the use of data science to promote discovery for all disciplines in the university; assisting in data access and management, providing support in the use of open-source and proprietary software for generating data visualisations and data understanding. SIH develops new research, technology and tools to support advanced uses of data, including in science and health, offering the opportunity for the university to build an exciting new research specialisation. SIH also provides the opportunity to train the University’s researchers in the effective use of data analytics and informatics methods.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change, which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1361/0718F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm Wednesday 22 August 2018

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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