Director - Center for Research Computing (CRC) - 14647BR

Director - Center for Research Computing (CRC)

Center for Research Computing
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The KU Office of Research seeks a Director of the Center for Research Computing (CRC). This position will have oversight responsibility for the strategic planning, development, and delivery of an enterprise research computing services model for KU, meeting research objectives and their ongoing development/evolutional needs. The Director will also lead overall technology architecture discussions; contribute to tactical projects in regards to the high-performance cluster, research storage programs, and technology driven by researchers needs. The incumbent will be critical to help build consensus on architectures, serve as a steward of innovation, incubate solutions that exploit technical breakthroughs, and promote the well-being of the research community at KU. The Director will work closely with KU Information Technology in these endeavors and will report to the Vice Chancellor for Research. In an effort to continue to enrich the academic, research and administration environment and provide equal employment opportunities, the university and Office of research actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The CRC oversees the KU Community Cluster and supports the users that utilize it. The cluster is a heterogeneous cluster composed of 380 nodes, 9280 cores, and 55.8TB of memory. There are 300+ users spread across 23 different centers and departments from the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Research in the CRC spans the natural and social sciences and engineering.

It is required that this position be filled by a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Job Description

55% - Management, Operations, Planning and Budgetary Oversight:
  • Responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Center for Research Computing high performance cluster
  • Maintain a university-wide view of IT technologies and services
  • Ensure that KU has the best research computing infrastructure available
  • Establish a vision for research cyber infrastructure and define and deliver services relevant to the needs of the KU research community
  • Be a steward of innovation and incubate solutions that exploit technical breakthroughs
  • Participate in proposal writing and extramural funding activities, and promote the well-being of the research community at KU
20% - Collaboration and Engagement:
  • Will work collaboratively with KU IT leadership, Research Center Directors, Core Service Lab Directors, Deans, and KU Office of Research (KUOR) leadership to develop implementable and cost effective research related technology infrastructure and solutions
  • Organize, implement and communicate the organizations services to drive research efficiency and support
  • Actively participates in working groups and organizations that are focused on research infrastructure planning, policy and support
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with key constituencies, IT related advisory and governance bodies, Edwards Campus, and KU Medical Center
10% - Research Computing Leadership:
  • Oversee the development of a strategic plan for research related computing at KU
  • Identify and recommend emerging technologies that could have a major impact on research and examine the possible implications of these technologies on KU’s community
10% - Research Computing Service Delivery and Management:
  • Oversee research computing staff to ensure delivery on high performance activities and research users’ satisfaction
  • Work to develop the infrastructure and services that meet the University’s research mission. Look for short and long-term solutions for HPC resource demands
  • Manages unit budget and works with KUOR to determine a strategy for a sustainable business model
5% - Other Duties as assigned

Security Profile:
This position shares in responsibility for information security by following all applicable security policies and procedures. This position is authorized to:
  • use elevated privilege accounts in the performance of job duties.
  • handle sensitive or confidential data in accordance with established procedures in the performance of job duties.
  • configure, manage, and monitor network traffic in the performance of job duties.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree in computer science, networking, engineering or other computer-related field and seven (7) years of experience working with information technology in a mixed platform environment.
  2. Experience in the development and/or implementation of information technology policies, practices, protocols, and/or procedures.
  3. Five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in one or more areas of IT management (storage, HPC, network, training, etc.).
  4. Five (5) years of supervisory experience.
  5. Experience supporting computational and storage needs for a scientific research center or large research group.
  6. Strong written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated from resume, past work history, and interview.
Position Requirement:
  • It is required that this position be filled by a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Advanced degree in computer science, networking, engineering or other computer-related field.
  2. Experience with Linux, high throughput storage systems, virtualization, and data center operations.
  3. Experience with formal IT governance.
  4. Experience with IT Business Continuity planning.
  5. Experience with design, construction and operation of Data Center facilities.
  6. Additional Experience with one or more of the following:
    • Specialized research software applications
    • Research computing standards and practices
    • Emerging research computing technologies and infrastructures
  7. Strong time-management and organizational skills, with a record of being flexible, accurate, detail-oriented, reliable, and self-motivated as evidenced by work history.
  8. Leadership and management of technical platforms in large, academic environment.
  9. Strong work ethic with ability to work effectively and efficiently with a capacity for managing simultaneous responsibilities and re-prioritizing projects due to urgent issues that arise.
  10. Experience in collaborative and team-oriented development, implementation, enhancement, and support of technology.
  11. Demonstrated ability to be highly self-directed, detailed-oriented, and have a high attention to accuracy.
  12. Experience writing grants or sponsored project proposals.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include:
  • A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will begin on June 11, 2019 and continue until a pool of qualified applicants is identified. To ensure consideration, please apply by the initial review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Riley Epperson,, 785-864-7604

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University of Kansas - Lawrence
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