Association for Clinical and Translational Science

Co-Director of Informatics

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Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon, United States
27 days ago



Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is Oregon’s only public academic health center. We are a system of hospitals and clinics across Oregon and southwest Washington. We are an institution of higher learning, with schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and public health – and with a network of campuses and partners throughout Oregon. We are a national research hub, with thousands of scientists developing lifesaving therapies and deeper understanding. We are a statewide economic engine and Portland’s largest employer. And as a public organization, we provide services for the most vulnerable Oregonians, and outreach to improve health in communities across the state.

 Across our missions of healing, teaching and discovery, we unite some of the world’s brightest minds in a singular vision: to rethink everything. We are creators of precision cancer medicine. We are innovators of an education model that lets each student forge a unique path. We are the top-rated health care provider in Oregon.

We are also a community — one of different colors, genders, orientations, cultures and interests. Each of us chose Oregon’s lush forests and sapphire rivers. Each of us chose OHSU’s relentless pursuit of new ideas. And together, like raindrops joining a river, we form a moving force greater than our parts.

 The Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) at OHSU is a catalyst for scientific collaboration, translation of biomedical advances into the community, innovation and research growth in Oregon and beyond. OCTRI’s mission is to enhance the efficiency and quality of rigorously translating research ideas into impact. To accomplish our mission, our 80-90 employees spread across 13 teams provide a broad expanse of clinical and translational services that include training, funding, research support, and community engagement. OCTRI is part of the National Center for Translational Sciences (NCATS)-funded CTSA consortium that encompasses 50+ hubs around the country. Visit our website to learn more:


As the co-Director of the Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute (OCTRI)  Informatics program, you will serve in a highly visible role, providing strategic direction and overseeing OCTRI informatics operations, as well as serving as the leader for the OHSU Research Data Warehouse.  This position plays a key leadership role in all aspects of research informatics, data science and analytic strategy, infrastructure planning as well as implementation and execution of the platforms to advance data discovery at OHSU. You will assist in setting and operationalizing priorities and objectives, and tactical analytic efforts to continuously advance OHSU as the leader in healthcare.

 The OCTRI informatics program utilizes a co-director model to reflect the values of our organization with regard to collaboration and team science. Co-Director Dr. Shannon McWeeney leads efforts to develop informatics infrastructure and methodology to support early translational research and precision medicine interventions, as well as coordination with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

 Together, the co-Directors support CTSA network and regional informatics consortia activities and report to the OCTRI Director, Dr. David Ellison. They also shape the vision and roadmap for research informatics, working closely with the OHSU Chief Research Information Officer, Dr. David Dorr, and serve on the OHSU Informatics Governance Group. 

 The OCTRI Informatics Core has transformed the way researchers generate, collect, and use data to drive discovery. This includes development of novel approaches and methods, strategic investments (such as the OHSU Research Data Warehouse) and national partnerships (such as REDCap, NCATS CD2H and N3C). The Informatics Core has a transformative approach to developing and applying informatics tools by specifically targeting research bottlenecks, which has catalyzed informatics and translational research at OHSU. The informatics core includes 2 managers and 15 staff.


  • Formulate a clear vision and provide strong leadership to strategically design, execute, and maintain OHSU's Research Informatics capabilities in collaboration with multi-disciplinary stakeholders
  • Collaborate with research stakeholders to lead the design, deployment, and maintenance of digital solutions to support their needs.
  • Hire or recommend the hiring of personnel and provide staff training and development, conduct performance evaluations and implement performance improvement plans, as needed, to ensure efficient and professional operational support of informatics.
  • Work with OCTRI researchers to prioritize program services to best meet user needs.
  • Demonstrate strong subject matter knowledge on latest technology innovations in the research informatics; share relevant newer concepts to key stakeholders with a view to gain efficiency through standardization and automation.
  • Support training and education of biomedical researchers in informatics principles, methods, applications and best practices across a variety of domains.
  • Lead and collaborate on development of grant proposals for Federal, Foundation, and other grants.
  • Develop robust, and stable funding model for expansion and sustainability of the core, including internal investigator grants; collaborative grant applications and innovative cost recovery models.


Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or



  • PhD in informatics, computer science, bioinformatics/ computational biology, statistics/biostatistics, or related discipline
  • Minimum 7 years of experience with progressive leadership responsibilities
  • Track record in developing and implementing research informatics enterprise-level strategies and infrastructure
  • An analytical mindset capable for “out-of-the-box” thinking to solve key problems
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of Informatics theory and principles in a healthcare / biomedical setting
  • Extremely organized self-starter with strong sense of priority, urgency, attention to detail, and commitment to deadlines
  • Proven ability to engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders within and outside the organization and in an interprofessional environment
  • Superior communication (written, verbal, and presentation) and people skills and skilled in process management and group dynamics


  • Demonstrated experience leading and/or authoring research grants and contracts
  • Epic Clarity Proficiency or Certification in a specific subject area (Inpatient, Ambulatory, HB, PB, etc.)
  • Epic Caboodle Data model Proficiency or Certification 

To apply go to OHSU's Job Application Website and follow the instructions.  In the search bar enter 2021-9801 to quickly locate the position.

Applicants will need to complete OHSU's application procedure in iCims. To be fully considered for this position, please upload both a cover letter and a resume or CV.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57178947
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Position Title: Co-Director of Informatics
  • Company Name: Oregon Health & Science University
  • Industry: Other
  • Job Function: Informatics
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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