Position overviewPosition title: BioPACIFIC MIP Computation and Data Specialist, California NanoSystems Institute at The University of California, Santa Barbara
Open date: August 24th, 2021
Next review date: Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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Final date: Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The BioPACIFIC MIP will create and operate a state-of-the-art user facility dedicated to biomaterials discovery and development. Creating this research ecosystem will require the integration of very broad, disparate datasets from Engineering, Materials, Biology, and Chemistry to enable advanced data mining and machine learning algorithms focused on enabling forward and inverse materials design. BioPACIFIC MIP is seeking a motivated individual to spearhead the setup and deployment of the center's data infrastructure and to enable a national user base to utilize this resource.
Reporting to the Executive Director at UCSB of the NSF BioPACIFIC MIP, and working closely with both the research and operations teams, the Computation and Data Specialist will be responsible for specifying and overseeing BioPACIFIC MIP's data structure, including a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs), and associated connectivity of people and equipment to these systems. The Computation and Data Specialist will also work with the BioPACIFIC MIP computation team to create data pathways between BioPACIFIC MIP data streams and existing research data platforms such as BisQue and Citrine, and with outputs from biomaterials computation and simulation workflows. The Computation and Data Specialist will also work with the computation researchers to set up the appropriate metadata infrastructure necessary to support machine learning algorithms and visualization methods. The Computation and Data Specialist will work with UCSB's Center for Scientific Computing to manage the computing and storage resources supporting this data framework.
The Computation and Data Specialist will investigate data structures in use by complementary national centers and align BioPACIFIC MIP's data inputs and outputs to maximize interoperability. The Computation and Data Specialist will stay informed of the state of the art in data science for synthetic biology, chemistry, and related materials to ensure that BioPACIFIC MIP's data architecture is aligned with industrial and academic standards and nomenclatures. The Computation and Data Specialist will collaborate with in-house Senior Faculty participants, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to continuously build expertise. Building expertise will include attending and presenting at a bi-monthly technical research meeting with affiliate researchers from both UCSB and UCLA where the Computation and Data Specialist will provide consultation on accessing, querying, inputting, and interpreting data.
The Computation and Data Specialist will also serve as the BioPACIFIC MIP technical Point-of-Contact on data related user projects. The Computation and Data Specialist will create a user interface for data input, search, and extraction and devote 50% time to serve as a scientific and technical expert and train external users in the operation of this interface, and on setting up, carrying out, and analyzing data in support of their work at BioPACIFIC MIP. Twice per year the Computation and Data Specialist will participate in an open house that will highlight the facilities and research capabilities and promote use by internal and external users.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position
Master's Degree in physical science or engineering, including Computer Science, with an emphasis on data and computation OR 5-10 years of experience demonstrating expertise in creating and/or administering scientific data organization and/or data mining structures, at the time of application.
For Full Specialist consideration: PhD in physical science or engineering, including Computer Science, with an emphasis on data and computation OR 10 or more years of experience demonstrating expertise in creating and/or administering scientific data organization and/or data mining structures, prior to appointment start date.
Experience working with bio-informatics, chem-informatics, Manufacturing Execution Systems, Laboratory Information Management Systems, or other big data organization and big data mining structures in an industrial setting.
Multiple programming languages (Python, R, and/or SQL)
Demonstrated communication and organizational skills to prioritize coordination of multiple assignments/projects/deadlines simultaneously with minimal direction.
Evidence of flexibility and initiative when working within a fast-paced, changing environment.
Management of multiple projects in both team-oriented collaborations and independent ownership.
Familiarity with Manufacturing Execution Systems, Laboratory Information Management Systems, and/or Electronic Lab notebooks.
Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by submitted materials including the CV, Cover Letter, and an optional but encouraged statement of diversity.
Demonstrated supervision of professional and support staff.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
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