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    Opportunity: Research Scientist II / Founding Director of the Computational Informatics Center Core Facility (#F609P) @ University of North Texas -- Denton, TX (US)
    Submitted by Serdar Bozdag; posted on Thursday, January 06, 2022


    UNT System Overview:
    Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

    Department Summary:
    The Division of Research and Innovation at the University of North Texas (UNT), a Carnegie Tier One research institution, is creating a core capacity in computational services to support the goals of faculty researchers across the UNT campus. It is anticipated that this core computational service facility will address needs for data analytics in multiple disciplines across the UNT campus including bioinformatics, chemistry, health sciences, and social sciences. UNT is a student-focused research university with an emphasis on sustainability. UNT is the nation's 25th largest public university, and is committed to serve its 47,000 students while powering the North Texas region through innovative education and research.

    Recently UNT signed a five-year renewable agreement with Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) to utilize the computing facilities at TACC. Through this agreement, UNT will purchase over 400,000 compute node-hours per year within the Lonestar6 system. In addition, UNT faculty and students will have access to TACC's high-performance computing systems under the same conditions as any UT at Austin faculty and students, respectively. The new Computational Informatics Center Core Facility will function complementary to UNT's Research Computing Services model.


    Position Summary:
    The University of North Texas is seeking a Founding Director for the newly created Computational Informatics Center Core Facility. The successful candidate will oversee the operation and development of the facility in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation VPRI). The director will consult with Principal Investigators to meet their complex computational needs and provide advanced informatics analyses. The director will also interact within a larger, university-supported computing team and will supervise staff and research assistant students to provide expertise to various labs across campus. The director brings together elements of computational/bioinformatics expertise to promote exchange of data, integrate pipelines, and to analyze and integrate multiple data types including but not limited to transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics. Contributions to structural modeling, molecular dynamics and imaging analysis are also anticipated.

    Primary Responsibilities:
    • Promotes and enables state-of-the-art informatics analyses
    • Works closely with the other core facilities managers and the VPRI to address data analytics needs
    • Implements the addition of new services and tools to the core based on PI needs
    • Assists PIs to analyze and interpret multiple data types, generating insights and testable hypotheses, and respective reports for research projects, grants and manuscripts
    • Provides guidance in data analysis, data integration and data visualization
    • Assists in data mining and computational analysis of large public databases for PI projects
    • Manages core staff, including distributing workload, overseeing quality and completion of core projects with appropriate chargebacks and assures that staff education and training needs are met
    • Manages the core budget, including usage documentation and chargeback billing
    • Oversees maintenance of informative web sites and other investigator outreach materials


    A successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
    • Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to lead and/or support small groups
    • Possess strong attention to detail
    • Demonstrate strong analytical, time management and organizational skills
    • Ability to support a wide variety of research projects with sometimes competing needs and deadlines
    • Strong computational and computer programming skills, and excellent problem-solving skills
    • Proficiency in bioinformatics analyses
    • Experience in data visualization techniques
    • Experience in high performance computing and big data analytics
    • Proficiency in statistics and probability concepts
    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science or related field
    • Five years' directly related experience is required, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been attained.
    • Experience in a highly collaborative environment such as a core facility and/or a record of published collaborative research with multiple groups and data types is highly desirable.
    Physical Requirements: Ability to communicate
    Security Sensitive: This is a security sensitive position
    Driving University Vehicle: No


    Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time


    Job Location: Denton, TX
    Department: UNT-Computational Informatics Ctr-190409
    College/School: Division of Research and Innovation


    Quicklink for Posting:

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    For more information on the position, please contact Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation, Aaron Roberts at Aaron.Roberts[at] or Director of Research Computing Services, Julian Quintero at Julian.Quintero[at]

    Documents Needed to Apply:
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae

    Posting Number: F609P


    EEO Statement:
    The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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