James was appointed Assistant Dean for Research Computing in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) in 2013. From 2007-2012, James was the Director of Research Computing and Chief Technology Architect for FAS Research Computing. Prior to joining FAS Research Computing, James directed Research Computing for Harvard's Life Sciences Division. In 2003 he moved from the United Kingdom to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. As Group Leader for Applied Production Systems, he managed high performance technical computing alongside large-scale storage and relational database systems.
Prior to James' move to the States he worked at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute as Group Leader for the Informatics Systems Group. There he built the large-scale high performance-computing infrastructure to support the Ensembl genome analysis project. Prior to the position at the Sanger Institute, James worked at Inpharmatica in London and the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge. In those positions he focused on using high performance computing to study genome sequences and designed ab initio algorithms for protein secondary structure prediction.
James holds a D. Phil in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford University and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from Manchester University.