Manager of Research Data Systems

Rockville, Maryland
$111,539 - $181,250
Apr 19, 2021
May 24, 2021
Full Time

The Biostatistics Center of the Milken Institute School of Public Health is an off-campus medical research center of the George Washington University located in Rockville, Maryland. The Biostatistics Center (Center) serves as the coordinating center for large scale multi-center clinical trials and epidemiological studies funded by federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health. The Center is a leader in the statistical coordination of major medical research programs of national and international scope. Visit our website at:

This position manages a team responsible for overseeing the software development life-cycle at an enterprise-level, providing mission-critical, scalable solutions, for issues deemed to have significant complexity, visibility/priority and risk to the business. This role works with leadership as well as university customers in managing the planning, execution, testing, release, and rework phases of the project schedule to meet deliverables, and in addition manages resource allocation and priorities, manages project scope and reporting, and ensures the quality of deliverables. This is a management position at the university that, in addition to leading a work unit, leads and supervises staff directly, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and mentoring, manages performance and determines future staffing needs.

Essential duties include:

-Plans, researches, customizes and develops new and emerging web or other application systems methodologies from beginning to end, to be applied in data acquisition, data management, reporting, and project management of multicenter clinical trials. In collaboration with the Development team, plans and schedules project deliverables, goals and milestones. Collaborates with other key researchers and committees throughout the process. Oversees the development and implementation of standardized procedures.

-Collaborates with Principal Investigators and project managers to determine research studies’ technology needs and to formulate approaches to meet them. Defines resources needed and timeline for project/program implementation. Provides input into development of grant proposals, as relevant.

-Plans, implements and manages software project(s) from beginning to end, including administrative and managerial activities (e.g. supervising, planning, writing, developing timelines, reporting and presenting). Writes and presents progress reports to Principal Investigator(s) and various committees, requiring the ability to communicate effectively with technical and research staff. Leads meetings to review data acquisition, data management and project management requirements. Provides training and education to research staff on the use and operation of implemented systems.

-Keeps abreast of current industry trends; enhances professional knowledge and skills through the review of published literature and attendance and/or participation at meetings for professional associations, workshops, seminars and/or training, as appropriate, and in accordance with the Biostatistics Center Professional Development Policy. Develops a long term roadmap for future research systems and technologies.

-Together with the Associate Director of Research Data Systems – Development, provides oversight and direction to the software development team, in the planning, development, deployment, operation, and life-cycle management of software systems for research studies. Assesses staffing requirements and facilitates recruitment.

-Evaluates and determines future technological needs to support the goals, objectives and/or functions research activities. Performs strategic planning and determines future requirements. Creates strategies for risk mitigation and contingency planning.

-Develops well documented procedures for application systems and processes, including standard practices, user documentation, and regulatory and compliance documents. Monitor compliance according to industry standards for areas such as information security and privacy, as well as guidelines for good clinical practice.

-Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 6 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 4 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in and knowledge of clinical research data systems.

Excellent oral and written English communication skills.


The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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