Manager in Data Wrangling
Stanford University
United States

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The Department of Genetics at Stanford University is seeking a Manager, Data Wrangling (Scientific Data Curator 4) to plan, develop, and implement the creation and advancement of web-based databases used to solve formal and practical problems arising from the management and analysis of scientific data. This is a leadership position for a team of Data Wranglers for the ENCODE project ( This project is responsible for coordinating a large and varied amount of epi-genomic experiments performed using Next Generation Sequencing technologies. A strong candidate will have genomics background, understanding of computational methods and data models and demonstrated leadership skills.
Duties include:
  • Manage project teams; establish short-term priorities; determine long term goals for projects.
  • Propose new hypotheses and design experiments to test the hypotheses; develop new data models.
  • Compile and create educated summaries of the literature, discovering new facts by analyzing the collected data.
  • Work with users to answer questions about the contents of the database and provide assistance for submission of information.
  • Participate in presentations and demonstrations of the database at conferences or other institutions.
  • Create a variety of reports and user demonstration; collaborate with the users in the discovery of new knowledge.
  • Collect and analyze information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and through direct submissions; abstract data into the required format, and verify them for accuracy. 
  • Supervise or guide staff, as needed; schedule and assign workload; set appropriate deadlines; review work for quality and timeliness. 
  • Conduct performance management, including hiring and termination decisions, as needed.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.

Doctor of Medicine, Pharmacy, or Doctor of Philosophy in scientific field and five years of relevant experience, or combination of relevant experience.

  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with relational databases, data integration, and statistics.
  • Strong written and oral English communication skills.
  • Computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to understand scientific literature, experimental procedures and their limitations, and current needs of the research community.

Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping. Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May work extended or non-standard hours based on project or business needs. Occasional local travel may be required.
  • Some work may be performed in a laboratory setting.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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