Assistant Director, Research Facilitation and Outreach

University of Illinois at Chicago

United States

February 2, 2022

Description

Title:

Assistant Director, Research Facilitation and Outreach (Job ID #158316)

Department:

OVCI/ ACER

Category:

Academic Professional

Location:

Chicago

Close Date:

02/02/2022

Description:

The University of Illinois at Chicago is growing (ranked 1st in diversity in the Midwest, top 25 public university, top 10 best value and many more). Our research portfolio is rapidly expanding and is around $445M annually. Recently, UIC played a critical role in the COVID19 vaccine and drug trials. The Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research (ACER) is responsible for delivering cyberinfrastructure (e.g., HPC, AI, Cloud, Data Lake) and consulting services to over 3000 researchers. We are rapidly growing our team of engineers, computational scientists, and data scientists to deliver on UIC's inspiring 5-year (2021-2025) Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) strategic plan.

ACER seeks a qualified Assistant Director, Research Facilitation and Outreach to join our impactful team and advance scientific discovery. If you are looking for an inclusive environment that provides challenges, learning opportunities, and work-life balance, then this opportunity is for you to consider. We also support our staff's pursuit of further education through UIC's significant tuition waiver benefit. ACER also encourages staff exploration of emerging technologies such as deep learning, blockchain, IoT, and quantum computing.

Duties:

  • Collaborate to successfully implement UIC's 5-year Research Cyberinfrastructure strategic plan
  • Lead ACER engineering team of computational scientists, data scientists and research software engineers. Must have the ability to develop staff through coaching and provide stretch opportunities.
  • Optimize, communicate, and extend RCI services portfolio aligned with the strategic goals of the University and future research institutes.
  • Recruit and retain talent to grow the size and capabilities of the research facilitation team
  • Provide insights into latest technological advances in research computing, storage, and networking. Attend and directly contribute to strategic meetings with leadership, faculty, and vendors.
  • Plan, direct, oversee and optimize service delivery, providing periodic assessments and reports to the campus leadership team and ACER director.
  • Lead, participate, and present at national conferences, working groups, academic coalitions, etc.
  • Define and communicate the overall vision and goals of the facilitation team.
  • Qualifications:

    Requires PhD in an Engineering or Science discipline and 5+ years of relevant experience of which a minimum of 1 year should be in supervisory or management capacity.

    Excellent communication and relationship-building skills. Experience in delivering services to diverse population. Prior experience with research facilitation is highly preferred. Experience in communicating and strategizing with researchers, vendors, engineers etc.

    HPC Cluster Management Tools (e.g., Bright, XCAT, Warewulf). HPC Schedulers (e.g., Slurm, Moab/Torque). HPC Compute Architectures (i.e., CPU/GPU architectures). HPC Storage Environments (e.g., Parallel File Systems, NFS, Tape Libraries etc.). HPC Networks (e.g., Infiniband-HDR/EDR, Ethernet, etc.). Familiarity with AI/ML.

    Hybrid and flexible work schedules available.

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