Data Steward

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) at the University of Minnesota seeks to hire a Data Steward who enjoys contributing to research and solving issues of data management and access. As a Data Steward at MSI, you will join MSI’s Research Informatics (RI) group and provide support for MSI’s researchers and users by managing data and computational tasks. You will work most closely with faculty and staff at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) and Medical School.

A major responsibility of this position (approximately 50%) will be to support a multi-site consortium research study, entitled the HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) study. This project will prospectively examine human brain, cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional development beginning prenatally through age 10 years. The study will determine the short- and long-term impacts of a variety of potentially harmful as well as protective environmental factors. The overall goal of this study is to understand the neurodevelopmental trajectories of children growing up in diverse environments. You will be a critical part of developing and maintaining multimodal data standards across multiple sites using longitudinal assessments.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enable analytics use cases for execution by the MSI and MIDB Informatics teams; will combine deep knowledge of data assets, business processes, and systems
  • Contribute to metadata standards for the Institute
  • Coordinate closely with researchers and data managers to help establish the data definitions, structure, processes, and quality rules
  • Ensure best practices around data access, sharing, and archiving are shared across the organization and embedded in new development projects
  • Work with MSI operations staff to implement and refine data governance policies, processes, and controls
  • Serve as a liaison between the MSI compliance officer and researchers to ensure that protected data requirements are clearly defined and communicated, audited, and executed
  • Anticipate and plan for researchers’ needs for new data access, sharing, and archiving infrastructure
  • Work directly with researchers to resolve data access, sharing, and archiving needs
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Responsibilities

Data Operations (30%)

  • Manage access policies, documentation, and controls for restricted datasets
  • Write, test, and document scripts and workflows used for managing data movement and access controls

Coordination and Planning (30%)

  • Coordinate with compliance specialists and informatics staff
  • Analyze workflows; diagram logical operations; recommend process changes

Support and Project Management (30%)

  • Assist with both routine and complex end user issues escalated from MSI's helpdesk and MIDB researchers
  • Prioritize, plan, and scope tasks, assignments, and projects with minimal supervision
  • Manage tickets, tasks, and projects in MSI's relevant tracking and project management systems

Professional Development (10%)

  • Participate in the University of Minnesota technology, research, and cultural communities through relevant University working groups, committees of practice, and professional organizations
  • Pursue development through relevant independent studies, training, workshops, and conference

This position has been designated as flexible work profile 1 or 2. Profile 1 is expected to work primarily on-site. Profile 2 is expected to work on-site more than 50% of the time. The office location will be in Johnston Hall. MSI management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with (overlapping or subsequent) two years experience in research, compliance, data management, and/or data analytics; or, a combination of related experience and education to equal six years
  • Understanding of Linux-based computing environments
  • Experience handling sensitive data (e.g. PHI and PII)
  • Experience developing process flows, data standards, and definitions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree or 2+ years of experience in research, compliance, data management and/or data analytics
  • Ability to implement procedures that ensure compliance and utility in a complex environment
  • Experience with data management, transfer, and/or neuroimaging-specific software (e.g. LORIS, iRODS, Globus, S3)
  • Experience with databases
  • Experience with metadata creation and management
  • Proficiency in at least one programming and/or scripting language
  • Experience working with academic researchers (e.g. working with academic grants, funding agency requirements, papers)

General Skills and Attributes

  • Strong general troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Friendly presence and helpful attitude; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others at all levels of the organization
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Takes initiative to develop new/novel projects that have dynamic scope
  • Outgoing, confident, and easily builds relationships
  • Strong initiative to see tasks through to the end
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to change
  • Ability to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Ability to work responsibly with or without direct supervision
  • Ability to translate issues across departments and expertise (e.g. communicating technical issues to a non-technical audience

About the Department

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) is a core research facility of the University of Minnesota (U of M), part of the Research Computing umbrella within the Research and Innovation Office. MSI provides advanced research computing infrastructure and expertise to the University's research and scholarly community and the State of Minnesota in order to advance and accelerate research and foster innovation and discoveries through advanced computing technologies, scientific computing and informatics, application development, and services. The Institute currently supports over 900 different groups with over 4500 active users spanning the sciences, engineering, life sciences, medicine, and social sciences.

MSI has a strong commitment to the University’s goal of creating a positive and inclusive campus climate by advancing equity and diversity. We aim to hire high-potential people with varying identities and backgrounds.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted online via the University of Minnesota Employment site. The Job ID for this position is 358852.