Director of Data Science - Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

ID: 7076597
Posted: March 31, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Director of Data Science to work with the Research, Development & Data Analytics program to manage and build a team of data scientists and analysts to work with researchers on data analysis, modeling, forecasting, and deployment of models focused on population health, clinical neuroscience, and human performance. This position will assist the director of Research Operations to carry out research and development projects for the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

Be an evangelist and organizational thought leader for how to best use data and research insights to guide decision-making. Develop an internal customer-focused operating model to deliver reporting, dashboards, insights, analytics, data stewardship, and data-driven operational assets to drive value to RNI using data as a competitive advantage
Manage all phases of full life-cycle implementation projects, including blueprinting, design, development, testing, deployment and support
Identify and remove obstacles, mitigate risks for flawless execution and solution delivery
Aptitude to translate the overall objectives of RNI into actionable, quantitative plans
Ensure consistent definitions and metrics across the organization
Responsible for defining and driving data analytics and intelligence opportunities for RNI
Apply the use of machine learning to improve customer/consumer experience
Retain and recruit a large and growing data science, analytics and engineering team
Create a virtuous cycle of platform adoption with improved data insights and streamlined publishing/access
Drive revenue and cost optimization decisions and experiment ideas with business leaders based on data insights
Focus on delivering solutions to improve decision-making, optimize research processes, increase operational efficiency, and ultimately, transform data into actionable insights
Lead the ongoing growth, design, and expansion of a high-quality data platform from across a wide variety of data sources, and supporting an array of streaming, operational and research workflows.
Champion the effort to democratize data access at RNI, powering analyses and strategies with easy access to high quality data.
Champion AI/analytics projects to all stakeholders
Strong coach and leader responsible for mentoring individual team members and providing the opportunity to grow within the team
Properly implement AB testing and experimenting into end-consumer apps; host interviews/surveys with users to better understand their needs and behaviors to improve the apps
Implement and secure mechanisms to enforce data privacy and data protection regulations
Ensure consistent definitions and metrics across the organization
Data Governance
Product Roadmap Creation / Collaboration


Master’s degree in computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics, data, neuroscience, or related field. PhD preferred.
Experience with formal research processes and being a part of a research-oriented group.
Five (5) years of experience in senior-level technology management, ideally leveraging significant data resources.
A solid technical understanding (data science, A.I., software engineering) and an ability to gut check technical feasibility and timelines; removing technical development barriers
Superior knowledge of statistical and analytical methodology and tools
A background in big data ecosystems
Ability to lead whiteboard strategy discussions and can help a team understand and own the overall strategic direction and create an executable plan to push out to broader teams
Knowledge of AWS Data Lake services, neural networks, and experimentation methodologies
Demonstrated experience conceiving, building and leading successful analytics programs utilizing key technologies (e.g., ML/AI) within healthcare organizations
Ability to translate clinical experiences and realities of medical practice in to opportunity and vision for the future
Results-oriented leader with a proven track record of leading a data transformation initiative
AB testing and experimental design processes
Strong leadership and communication skills needed to collaborate, negotiate and influence effectively with all stakeholders at RNI
Advanced knowledge and experience with best in class data strategy design
Experience in building and growing teams and providing mentorship to junior team members
Proven experience monetizing data and demonstrated ability to leverage data assets into various sectors
Analytically minded
Familiar with physiological data from wearables devices, data from cognitive and behavioral assessments, and medical data from Electronic Medical Record data (i.e., chronic pain, aging and Alzheimer’s disease, heart failure, addiction).

About Research Corporation

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. West Virginia University Research Corporation values diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.


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