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Research and Development Manager

Posted on 3 November 2022

Join our team of researchers, engineers, and designers and lead how we shape the future of biomedical research!

The Gehlenborg Lab in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School is funded to develop data visualization tools and user interfaces for multiple national and international cell atlas projects such as the Human Biomolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP), the Cellular Senescence Network (SenNet), the Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN), the Kidney Precision Medicine Network(KPMP), the Human Cell Atlas (HCA), and the 4D Nucleome Consortium (4DN). Additionally, the lab is conducting research on novel biomedical data visualization methods for genomics and spatial single cell data with funding from institutions such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

Our mission is to drive discovery through data visualization and we have developed multiple research software products (e.g., HiGlass; Vitessce; Gosling; HuBMAP Data Portal User Interface; etc.) that are used by individual scientists, consortia, and companies all over the world.

You will contribute to our mission by managing the development and design teams that are building, maintaining, and enhancing our software products in close collaboration with the principal investigator and researchers in the team. Your key responsibilities will include participation in strategic planning, oversight of day-to-day operations, and reporting to funders. Furthermore, you will work with the principal investigator and researchers on identifying opportunities to apply our software tools to new scientific problems, establishing and maintaining collaborations, disseminating our work through a wide range of channels including scientific publications and social media, and obtaining new funding.

We value diversity, creativity, and initiative in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary work environment. The Gehlenborg Lab has an international reputation for creating high impact data visualization tools and we are driven to solve the most challenging design and engineering problems in biomedical data science. We would love to have you on our team!

Work Environment

The Gehlenborg Lab is using a hybrid workplace model and this position can be fully remote, hybrid, or in-person. All remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT). Occasional domestic or international travel to attend meetings may be required.

Typical Core Duties

  • Manage contributions of the lab to national and international consortia
  • Represent the Principal Investigator in consortium meetings
  • Schedule work to ensure timely delivery of milestones in collaboration with development and design team leads
  • Participate in consortium working groups
  • Engage in community outreach efforts
  • Plan and implement training and education initiatives
  • Coordinate joint projects with external collaborators
  • Assemble periodic progress reports for funders
  • Work with the research coordinator of the Gehlenborg Lab to schedule relevant meetings for the principal investigator and other team members
  • Contribute to manuscripts and grant proposals of the lab
  • Lead hiring and onboarding of new team members in collaboration with development and design team leads
  • Handle financial activities such as monitoring budgets and communicating with principal investigator about spending levels and spending patterns
  • Ensure compliance with Harvard and funder policies
  • Represent the university internally and externally
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Master’s degree or doctorate in a relevant field strongly preferred but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Prior research writing experience
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred but not required
  • Working knowledge of the web application development life cycle
  • Experience in academic or industry R&D team management
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines and chart a clear path forward for a project at an accelerated pace when necessary
  • Ability to work effectively with remote collaborators that have a range of approaches to software quality, scheduling, and documentation
  • Ability to think about project planning at a multi-year scale, while also being available to address day-to-day operations
  • Ability to oversee multiple software development projects, identify synergies, and advocate for efficient code reuse where possible
  • Ability to work from ambiguous high-level requirements and, in collaboration with developers and designers, create a sequence of incremental goals
  • Motivation for mentoring team members, interns, and trainees and collaborating with peers across multiple sites
  • Familiarity with social media to disseminate research is desirable

Working Conditions

Occasionally required to work outside of normal business hours, and may be contacted during off hours


This is a one-year term position with strong potential for renewal.

How to Apply

Apply on Harvard Careers.

Harvard Medical School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.