Chief Research Informatics Officer

The University of Southern California is committed to innovation in health and medicine and to that end seeks candidates for a Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO). A new position in the organization, the CRIO will be responsible for evolving and growing a robust informatics infrastructure that fuels clinical research. Responsibilities include directing a translational clinical research informatics core facility, identifying and leading innovations in research IT and research informatics, leading clinical research informatics educational activities including teaching a graduate course in clinical research informatics, participating in data governance initiatives, and representing USC in the regional and national clinical research informatics community. 

Reporting to both the Vice Dean for Research of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and CIO of Keck Medicine of USC, the CRIO will serve as a key research executive dedicated to promoting research using clinical data and information systems spanning USC and its partner health systems, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. A critical goal of the position is to design, implement, and optimize systems to support the integration of research with patient care.

A highly visible leader in the organization, the CRIO will have a broad scope of responsibilities including the following:

  • Evolve a creative vision and strategy for clinical research informatics for USC that leverages our extensive size and expertise.
  • Have primary oversight of enterprise-wide information systems devoted to research, including a Clinical Data Warehouse for Research. Responsible for overseeing technical operations (systems analysis, applications programming, technical planning, data administration and security, hardware support and maintenance, documentation, quality assurance) as well as business operations (service core).
  • Create a plan for sustainability of informatics and data science research and services. Help identify and track the Return on Investment (ROI) for informatics and data science.
  • Develop and lead initiatives around data governance, data quality, reproducibility for the benefit of research. Build on existing data use policies.
  • Work closely with researchers, business/finance units, compliance, IT and user groups in defining, prioritizing and executing projects. Serve as the advocate for researchers to optimize available tools and data sets.
  • Ensure stakeholder and researcher needs are met with the highest quality customer service and user training.
  • Publish and present on USC data innovations at national and international conferences.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Successful applicants will have strong training and skills to collaborate on translational clinical research. Must have the ability to influence and persuade individuals and/or groups to common ground solutions and effectively communicate to individuals at all levels of the technical and research communities.

  Applicants must have a doctoral degree in medicine, biomedical informatics, epidemiology, information systems, biostatistics, or related field and have demonstrated expertise and experience in clinical research informatics. The faculty appointment will be in an appropriate department in the Keck School of Medicine of USC.


Contact Information

For more information on the position, please contact:


Thomas Buchanan, MD

Vice Dean for Research of the Keck School of Medicine of USC


Allison Orechwa, PhD

SC CTSI Programmatic Development Director


NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.