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Merritt Hawkins
Temple Terrace, FL, United States
14 days ago
Merritt Hawkins
Temple Terrace, Florida, United States
14 days ago


Moffitt Cancer Center is seeking a visionary leader to serve in a newly created role as Director, Digital Innovation – Research Excellence. The incoming leader will join the  Digital Innovation team within the newly established Center for Digital Health at Moffitt. The mission for the Digital Innovation team is clear: bring bold ideas to surface, while delivering new digital apps and mobile platforms, all with a consumer-first mentality. 

Moffitt has been continually named One of the Top Places to Work in the Tampa Bay Area, and for the second year in a row, Moffitt has been named one of the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems in the country. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, Moffitt employs some of the best and brightest diverse minds from around the world who work in collaboration to address the most challenging and impactful cancer problems. Join a dedicated, diverse, and inclusive team of over 7,500 to be a part of the Courageous future we envision.

Moffitt is forging a digital future to bring change to how we study, prevent, treat, diagnose cancer; support our patients, families, and caregivers; foster innovation; and stimulate education. Moffitt has become one of the world's first cancer centers with dedicated machine learning and integrated mathematical oncology departments, which will accelerate cancer research by translating powerful tools from the computer to the bedside. Moffitt’s research portfolio has grown to include more than $47 million in peer-reviewed annual grant funding, and more than $100 million in overall external funding. Moffitt accrues more than 2,000 participants to interventional clinical trials. High-impact work contributes to approximately 1,000 peer-reviewed publications per year. Digital Innovation will amplify the impact of this scientific work.

The incoming Director will launch and lead the important and exciting function of Research Excellence, with a focus on delivery of products and innovation services aimed at two customer groups: investigators conducting world-class impactful science that will advance by leveraging digital tools; and the research operations team who foster key supporting activities including activating clinical trials, mining internal and external data, supporting shared resource laboratories, and managing research grant applications. 


The Director, Digital Innovation – Research Excellence will leverage their expertise to launch and lead the development and ongoing operations of a new function with appropriate resources, processes, and tools to foster innovative digital health ideas and accelerate and translate them into clinical practice and beyond. We will be counting on this leader to set the vision, own the roadmap, engage resources, and be accountable for advancing digital enablement of research through a wide portfolio of strategic digital initiatives, including:

  • Optimizing key functions of research operations with digital capabilities (e.g., remote screening, digital consent, real-time assessments and communication, tele-visits, continuous monitoring with connected sensors etc.) to drive improved enrollment, activation, engagement, outcomes tracking, regulatory compliance, and reporting
  • Deploying patient-facing tools that connect, inform, and empower patients, caregivers, and family members to help them to take control of their experience as participants in research studies
  • Facilitating digital tools to meet research project needs, including use of commercially developed applications, or developing them internally as needed
  • Developing an infrastructure of reusable tools/assets and establishing prototyping ‘sandbox’ environments aimed at making it easier and faster to conduct research (basic, clinical, population, quantitative) and develop digital applications
  • Facilitating the translation of promising research interventions and ideas into clinical care
  • Supporting education and training activities and offering coaching and advisory services to researchers and innovators to help them navigate the system and the path from idea to pilot (e.g., advisory services, open office hours, resources, checklists, etc.)
  • Positioning Moffitt as a preferred digital partner for industry-sponsored research by curating and marketing an active portfolio of digital research projects that can demonstrate Moffitt’s competitive advantage as the best institution to work with, the best organized to advance innovation, and the best at supporting innovators and industry partners


Required Skills, Experience, and Qualifications 

  • This individual will be a leader with expertise in informatics, technology management, mobile app development, or a related discipline. 
  • Previous or current experience in the healthcare industry, particularly in digital health, digital transformation, or technology innovation areas
  • Previous or current experience working with researchers in designing research, implementing research studies, and/or disseminating findings
  • Understanding of healthcare research landscape and functions including project development, grant application process, clinical trial research, and infrastructure 
  • Successful track record or relevant experience developing strategies to evaluate and validate products and novel approaches, including value and outcomes assessments, usability/feasibility assessments, and clinical and cost-effectiveness studies 
  • Previous or current experience interfacing with business, IT, and technology stakeholders to create market-facing, value differentiating products by applying existing and emerging technology solutions
  • Supervisory experience: previous experience supervising direct reports, managing teams, leading teams, and working with partners at senior leader and executive levels
  • Education: This role is a professional occupation that requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher in technology or science-related discipline. 

Preferred Experience and Qualifications

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in technology or science-related discipline 
  • Entrepreneurial attitude with a focus on new and emerging tools and consumer-facing technologies 
  • Principal Investigator experience highly desired but not required
  • Evidence of scholarly publications related to innovation and/or digital health

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64657463
  • Location:
    Temple Terrace, Florida, United States
  • Position Title: Director, Digital Innovation, Research Excellence
  • Company Name For Job: Merritt Hawkins
  • Job Function: Director,
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Required Travel: None

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