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Director of Research Advanced Computing Services

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Information Technology

Department: Information Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Salary range starts at $110,000 per year; commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA11-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
Immediately, to ensure consideration apply by July 7, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a current resume, a cover letter that explains how you meet the minimum qualifications, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Candidates will be notified prior to contacting references.

Any application missing the above documents/information may be considered incomplete.

Department Summary
Information Services (IS) is the central information technology unit at the University of Oregon and provides wide ranging services to campus. Information Services consists of four major functional areas: Customer Experience, which serves as the key contact point for interactions with campus clients and customers; Applications & Middleware, which manages and supports applications, integration services, identity management and data management; Information Security, which helps protect virtual or physical information; and Technology Infrastructure, which provides administration and support for the software, hardware, and services needed to support the campus IT environment. Information Services also includes the Advanced Network Technology Center. IS works closely with the Network for Education and Research in Oregon.

Established in 1876, the University of Oregon offers a breadth and depth of curricula with more than 270 academic programs and provides the opportunity to work at a respected research university with a strong holistic liberal arts foundation. The UO also has a history of political and social involvement that embraces diverse beliefs, cultures, and values, and it is committed to environmental responsibility.

The university is also proud of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, an initiative specifically designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. Information Services collaborates with Research and Innovation and our schools and colleges to support the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university.

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Position Summary
Reporting to the Associate CIO for Technology Infrastructure, the Director of Research Advanced Computing Services (RACS) is responsible for providing administrative leadership, fiscal leadership, and oversight for RACS, including the High Performance Computing (HPC) Core Facility. In addition to overseeing HPC, the Director is responsible for building out mid-tier services that position RACS as a full-service destination for research information technology services. The Director is also responsible for aligning the RACS workforce with university objectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as increasing diversity among faculty customer base by lowering barriers to entry to HPC and performing outreach to a broad range of faculty from multiple academic disciplines across campus.

The Director of RACS works to create a seamless ecosystem that allows researchers to maximize the use of Talapas, UO’s on-premises HPC resource, or cloud-based HPC resources with minimal administrative overhead and flexibility to address rapidly changing compute, storage, network, and security needs. The Director works to simplify the integration of research instrumentation technology and Internet of things (IoT) devices with university network and IT systems.

The Director will engage academic and research stakeholders to create and maintain a unified user interface for students throughout their academic or research tenure at the university. Together with the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) and Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI), the Director of RACS will work on balancing computing resources with research goals.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree or four years of equivalent training and experience
• Four years of experience in the Information Technology field, with at least two of those years having been in high-performance technical computing

Professional Competencies
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds
• Demonstrated problem-solving skills
• Ability to adapt within a rapidly changing technical environment
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to audiences with a wide range of technical skills
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
• Ability to operate and communicate effectively while meeting deadlines and completing projects

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor of Science degree in information services, engineering, science, or related field
• Advanced degree in science, computer science, and/or engineering
• Experience working with faculty or clients in a service role in data analytics, statistics, bioinformatics, or computer science
• Experience using HPC systems in the course of the individual's scientific activities
• Experience developing and delivering tutorials, workshops, and lectures on high performance computing at the institutional, regional, and national levels

FLSA Exempt: Yes


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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