Summary of Position: The Analyst works in the College of Biological Sciences Research & Learning Technologies (CBS-RLT) team as a documentation, testing, and support resource. Many projects are novel and require incorporating resources specific to research in the biological sciences. Past project examples:
• Classroom-facing web interface to a researcher’s dataset • FileMaker database to manage college conservatory’s inventory • Scripts, databases, and workflows to convert research lab’s raw data to usable datasets. • Simple Android app to support field data collection • Integrations between the University’s learning management system and survey system to support lab group peer evaluations • Partner with a research lab to create a web interface to manage BLAST queries on NCBI web services.
To be successful in this position, the Analyst must be willing to embrace new challenges and technologies, and be adept at building and sustaining relationships with other Departments and IT staff to ensure projects are successful and supportable.
Essential and Other Functions: 30% College Process Analysis & Digitization • Work with administrative and other units to optimize their processes for digital workflow and archive. • Design and implement new digitized workflows. • Improve and update existing workflows.
25% Systems Testing& Documentation • Assist developers and system administrators with writing and maintaining clear, understandable internal and user documentation. • Assist with designing and performing tests to ensure system/code changes resolve issues and other components continue to function as expected. • Assist with developing processes to automate testing procedures. • Verify systems, code, and practices comply with information security, accessibility, and other applicable University policies.
25% Learning & Research Technology Support • Provide technology support to research labs and academic courses. • Coordinate with other support areas to provide the best experience for members of the College.
10% Technology Trends & University Engagement • Advocate for collegiate interests in the IT@UMN community through communities of practice and participation in initiatives. • Monitor trends in relevant areas of science and technology and recommend technology portfolio changes.
10% Professional Development • Self-study of relevant technologies and skills. • Maintain a network of local and online peers in related areas. • Identify and advocate for opportunities to attend conferences.
Essential Qualifications: • BA/BS degree in computer science, information systems, or a related field OR a combination of related education and work experience in the areas of business or systems process analysis to equal four years.
• Experience authoring and updating clear, concise process and technical documentation. • Demonstrated ability to code in at least one programming language. • Ability to quickly develop new technical competencies. • Excellent problem solving, organization, and interpersonal communication skills. • Ability to successfully manage competing demands and priorities.
Preferred Qualifications: • Experience in scientific research environments. • Experience in higher education. • Familiarity with current and legacy versions of server and client editions of Windows, MacOS X, and Linux. • Experience with WorkflowGen or Perceptive Content. • Experience writing simple database queries.
Internal Number: 330012
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