The UAB story is one of remarkable growth in size, quality, reputation and impact. In a little more than four decades, UAB has transformed from its modest beginnings as an extension center into a doctoral research university and academic medical center. The University is ranked first by U.S. News & World Report among universities in Alabama and 67th nationwide, it is also in the top 25 of midsize employers in the U.S., according to Forbes magazine and is the top research university in Alabama. With $225 million in NIH funding in FY2014, UAB is ranked 10th among public universities for NIH funding. To facilitate continued growth in research the University is recruiting for an Executive Director of Research Computing. This position will be coming in at the start of a new focus on research computing at UAB Information Technology, an organization that has set its sights on a world-class reputation and is quickly making its mark with world-class technology — including the fastest supercomputer in Alabama and the fastest internet among Alabama universities — and a commitment to investing heavily in high performance computing and research computing with a planned investment of $5 million per year.
The Executive Director of Research Computing will be the UAB’s pioneer and chief architect of UAB Research Computing applications. Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, the Executive Director is responsible for managing the design, development, and delivery of a cost-effective mix of applications, data-analysis platforms, and visualization tools running on shared high-performance computing resources across the UAB campus. The Executive Director will help identify, engage and support the needs of faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students to ensure projects related to their research are successful.
The incumbent will cultivate a culture of customer service and provide oversight, direction, mentoring, coaching, and professional development to a cross-functional team of research computing systems professionals. Finally the Executive Director will commit to fostering an environment of heightened security following Information Technology Security Policies and participating in security training, such as Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), on an annual basis.
Other duties of the Executive Director include:
Analyzes complex business needs presented by the user community and/or clients and recommends or oversees the development of application solutions.
Ensures effective communication and marketing of Research Computing initiatives and projects with the campus, partners and community.
Manages specific research computing projects such as development of new High Performance Computing applications.
Provides direction and guidance including completion of annual reviews to Project Managers, Engineering Team Leads and staff in the Research Computing Group.
Fosters an environment of heightened security, stewardship and customer service to the staff including adherence to all applicable regulations such as HIPPA and FISMA.
Assists in annual development and oversight of a budget greater than $5 million and assists in the annual equipment inventory process.
Minimum Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Science, Computer Science, Informatics, Medical Science or a related field and six (6) years of related experience required. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement.
Strong data analysis skills and ability to identify process problems and correct them through policy, procedures and software checking.
Strong program-development skills in order to develop innovative services and tools.
Ability to analyze and assess needs in research computing administration.
An established record of accomplishments demonstrated by engagement with researchers and users in high performance computing applications.
Highly developed written, oral, listening and presentation skills.
Excellent customer service skills as demonstrated by the ability to work directly with constituents and vendors to understand and resolve function and/or technical issues to deliver an exceptional customer experience.
Experience leading complex discussions by seeking input, identifying obstacles, being transparent, and driving to results.
Knowledge and experience of one or more of the following (and be prepared and able to develop skills in other areas):
Parallel programming (primarily with MPI)
Grid computing, programming frameworks
Numerical methods and algorithms;
Software debugging, profiling and optimization in an HPC environment;