About the University
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 a 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 Director of Research Computing will be the UAB’s pioneer and chief architect of UAB Research Computing and Storage and integrated cloud solutions. Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, the Director is responsible for managing the design, development, and delivery of a cost-effective mix of services, systems, application engineering and operations that support research computing, including shared high-performance computing resources, data-analysis platforms, storage systems, and visualization tools and platforms across the UAB campus. The Director will help identify, engage and support the needs of faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students to insure 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 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 Director include:
- Analyzes complex business needs presented by the user community and/or clients and recommends technical 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 cluster and storage expansions and creation of new services.
- Oversees job scheduling, monitoring and other high-performance computing operational imperatives.
- 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.