Director, Operations and Development, NeuroHub (MT6293, IST4R, GR10)

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Position Summary:

The Director, Operations and Development is responsible for technical oversight of the NeuroHub platform, a neuroinformatics platform that responds to the needs of the broader neuroscience user community and relates to McGill’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) Initiative. The Director, Operations and Development is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations and project management from planning to execution and implementation. Working in close collaborations with the academic leads of NeuroHub, the Director is a key member of the team and participates in the strategic direction of the NeuroHub.. The position reports to the scientific director of HBHL and works in close collaboration with academic researchers involved in the scientific aspects of the NeuroHub.

The NeuroHub platform provides researchers with powerful open source tools and software to explore multi-dimensional brain and health data. It supports translation of interdisciplinary scientific needs from medical imaging, genetics, behavioural neurosciences, cognitive psychology and molecular biology research projects into a common platform.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy and Innovation:

  • Contribute to HBHL’s strategic direction, plans and objectives by identifying long-term information technology requirements and evaluating organizational impact.
  • Keep abreast of new developments and trends in the field of information technology and implant a sound agile innovation strategy to respond to the constant evolution of technologies and cutting-edge research needs.
  • Interface and integrate with other big data initiatives, platforms and Open Science initiatives such as the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP).
  • Guide and assist researcher to prepare grant applications to relevant agencies (e.g. Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Committee, CANARIE, etc.).
  • Develop and implement research platform policies and strategies that support the goals of the scientific communities.
  • Support researchers and data scientists from the McGill community and their collaborators in all steps of their research life cycle by managing their data, and supporting both explorative and analysis of the data.

Platform Development:

  • Direct and lead the design, development, operations and maintenance of the NeuroHub platform infrastructure and its components (dataspace, project management, explorative analysis, high-performance computing, and research result management).
  • Manage the development of data repositories and computational frameworks that enable data management, sharing and reproducibility of research results (store find, share, annotate and curate multi-modal and multi-disciplinary data, track computations and manage research results).
  • Follow FAIR data management principles and support Open Science initiatives
  • Maintain data integrity, security and privacy for the user community.
  • Coordinate data acquisition and activities across multiple institutions, and plan distributed infrastructure and operations
  • Liaise with the national ARC platform through the McGill High Performance Computing Centre
  • Interface with users worldwide to ensure that the developed infrastructure is suited for the needs of the research community and provides interoperability with other systems.

Operations and supervision:

  • Manage a team of professional software developers, research systems administrators and research scientists, technical and administrative staff.
  • Provide ongoing support and training to the NeuroHub and CONP user communities.
  • Make recommendations on financial and human resources needs including preparing project budgets, seek and obtain funding approval and align costs with budget.
  • Provide authoritative advice on hardware and computational hurdles to researchers and build business cases and relationships with vendors of research infrastructure.
  • Participate and/or lead technical committees related to NeuroHub expansion.
  • Represent McGill University and HBHL at internal and external meetings, coordinating platform activities across the national and international collaborator sites.
  • Lead the definition and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP).

Education and Experience:

Undergraduate Degree

Eight (8) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Neuroinformatics or related fields. A minimum of Ten (10) years related experience in software development or advanced research computing. Experience in supervising staff and ability to perform as a team leader in the context of complex inter-related projects and teams. Demonstrated skills in providing effective support to users in an academic environment. Plan and execute project and program development, implementation, management, and administration in the academic sector. High level analytical and data processing skills. Function with an exceptional level of accuracy, strategic judgment and efficiency. Ability to manage large-scale development projects involving the negotiation and execution of agreements and contracts among multiple researchers, institutions, and partners. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French. Self-motivated, with strong organizational skills, and able to effectively prioritize a wide range of responsibilities. Able to meet tight deadlines, and demonstrate a high level of professionalism in working with internal and external teams, partner organizations and stakeholders to achieve specific outcomes.

How to Apply:

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The deadline to apply for this position is December 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

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Faculty of Medicine
Montreal Neurological Institute
Salary Range: 
(Grade 10) $95,700 - $127,700 (midpoint) - $178,800
Three (3) years with possibility of extension
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