Scientific Project Manager – 2008020

Scientific Project Manager – 2008020


The Mellon College of Science (MCS) is home to four departments and many programs and research centers that cross disciplines. We approach scientific problems from fresh angles using creative interdisciplinary approaches while drawing on our departmental strengths in the core sciences.

Our Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) within MCS is seeking an expert Scientific Project Manager to join PSC’s Public Health Applications group. Our group empowers public health decision-making to mitigate a wide range of global public health threats including influenza, malaria, obesity, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Our dynamic team includes scientists, modelers, software developers, and high-performance computing (HPC) specialists. We works closely with PSC’s other science and technology groups, particularly Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Advanced Systems, and User Support for Scientific Applications.

In this role, you will combine a solid technical understanding of software development and data analysis with effective project management principles to drive progress in multi-disciplinary scientific projects in public health modeling, translating modeling tools to new and broader audiences for national and international public health decision support. You will also facilitate and add to developing data-intensive analyses and visualizations, coupling sophisticated software tools with accessible, user-focused services and interfaces, and developing large-scale simulation software for state of the art computational hardware. You may also participate through a matrix-managed approach to PSC’s AI and Big Data group, focusing on developing AI approaches to real-world problems. Your work will also entail publishing, presenting, and leading or contributing to attracting future funding.

The Public Health Applications group currently has several openings for both software development and technical/scientific project management roles. If you have experience applicable to multiple roles, you should apply to the single position that provides the best fit with the understanding that the distinction between these roles can be flexible.


Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating and overseeing scientific projects, working with external partners and collaborators to define objectives and requirements and ensure that deliverables are successfully produced on schedule.
  • Working closely with collaborators at PSC and other institutions to facilitate advances in computational public health modeling.
  • Preparing documentation, examples, and training materials, and participating in workshops, briefings, and broad efforts in education, outreach, and training.
  • Develop research opportunities and attract external funding. Lead or assist with the development of proposals to national agencies, foundations, and other entities.
  • Documenting results, communicating significant findings through publications, conferences, or other professional channels.
  • Build statistical models and frameworks to help answer public health research questions.
  • Work closely with software developers to craft computational public health models.
  • Design, execute, and evaluate large in silico simulation experiments using a variety of computational models.
  • Prepare and contribute to manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Produce charts, graphics and presentations to clearly communicate analysis results.
  • Some travel may be required, as well as the flexibility to work effectively with external collaborators in different time zones.

You will demonstrate:

  • Project management experience using leading frameworks (e.g. Jira, Zoho, MS Project, RedMine)
  • Experience managing large NSF- and/or NIH-funded projects
  • Peer-recognized expertise in developing data-intensive modeling applications; substantial personal contributions to publications, awards, and grants for research in these fields
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute individual and collaborative research
  • Experience acting as a team leader or technical project manager
  • Peer-reviewed publications in public health, disease transmission modeling, or decision analysis
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the development or use of large-scale simulation models
  • Understanding of the principles of Equation-based (EBM) and/or agent-based (ABM) modeling
  • Authorship of and significant contributions to peer-reviewed publications 

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