Informatics Architect (T191097)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Informatics Institute
United StatesAlabamaBirmingham


The Informatics Architect will be primarily responsible for leading biomedical informatics infrastructure development and integration projects in close collaboration with information technology (IT) teams within the UAB IT organization, especially Research Computing, and with the Informatics Institute software development and Enterprise Data Warehouse teams. These projects are planned, designed, and implemented in close coordination with key stakeholders, including Informatics Institute faculty, UAB researchers, data scientists, bioinformatics specialists, trainees, and others comprising the translational research community here at UAB. The position will report directly to the Chief Bioinformatics Officer of the Informatics Institute.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Design and implement modern data architecture and technologies that empower UAB translational researchers to make faster, data-driven knowledge discoveries and enable precision medicine in a multi-disciplinary, team-based scientific research and development (RD) setting
• Incorporate and leverage existing domain expertise (in one or more complementary areas, including, but not limited to bioinformatics, statistical genetics, and biomedical informatics) to further develop the U-BRITE ecosystem
• Assist with grant-writing activities for grants-in-preparation, and provide leadership, informatics expertise, and effort on funded grants
• Educate stakeholders on relevant design patterns, write proofs-of-concept to help development teams with detailed design and implementation, and evaluate new technologies to help researchers keep up with industry trends and select the right solution for their team and task at hand
• Help research teams understand and implement DevOps-related technologies like containers, public/private cloud, infrastructure-as-code, software configuration management, and continuous integration deployment (CI/CD) to better represent, automate, and secure their IT/IS infrastructure and research processes
• Performs other duties as assigned


Preferred Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:
• Experience enabling interdisciplinary team science in a fast-paced academic research setting
• Experience handling the three Vs of big data, especially data management and wrangling for genomics and other data
• Experience communicating and coordinating professionally with stakeholders at all levels of the UAB organization
• Excellent communication skills, both written and conversational, to understand requirements and define problems with users
• Outstanding project management skills using agile development methodology and tools
• Experience mentoring junior engineers and managing both projects and people while wearing primarily an engineering hat
• Familiarity with modern data architecture, design patterns, and open standards, including, but not limited to Data Commons, Science DMZ, FAIR, Modern Research Data Portal, Data Version Control
• Experience with container technology (especially Docker and Singularity), both concepts and application
• Experience with public cloud (e.g., Amazon AWS) and private cloud (especially OpenStack) technologies
• Familiarity with infrastructure-as-code (especially Terraform) and software configuration management (especially Ansible)
• Experience with continuous integration deployment (CICD), especially on modern DevOps platforms like GitLab
• Familiarity with high-performance computing (HPC) concepts and job queuing systems (especially SLURM)
• Familiarity with modern Software Development and SDLC process and best practice

Bachelor's degree in Information Systems or a related field and eight (8) years of related experience required. Work experience may substitute for education requirement.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

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