The University of Delaware seeks an experienced, collaborative leader to join its leadership team as Director of Research Cyberinfrastructure. The Director will collaborate with faculty, research centers, the University Library, and IT leadership to plan and provide the infrastructure, applications and services required to support the University’s diverse and growing research portfolio. The successful candidate will assist with the development of research computing strategies, deploy technologies to enable data intensive research programs, and improve coordination between university-wide and departmental IT teams. The position reports to the Vice President for Information Technology and works closely with the Vice President for Research and the college research deans.
Research at the University of Delaware
The University of Delaware is among the 3% of institutions classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with the highest research activity (http://www1.udel.edu/research/) Our faculty secure grants from diverse sources including the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Research activity spans UD’s seven colleges and more than 70 research centers. The faculty include: a Nobel laureate, members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors and Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellows. Each year more than 1,000 undergraduate and 3,800 graduate students engage in research projects guided by our faculty.
Research quality and growth is a significant strategic priority for the University. The University is increasing the size of its faculty. Significantly, hires are being made in cluster areas that recognize the interdisciplinary nature of research and the curriculum. Emerging areas of focus include data science, health sciences, pharmaceutical science, environmental and water science policy, neurobiology, and microbiology. The University has launched a new Data Science Institute to catalyze data intensive research and promote collaboration among faculty interested in data science research themes (https://dsi.udel.edu/).
IT Support for Research
Research IT support is provided by the University’s IT organization (UDIT) (https://sites.udel.edu/research-computing/) in partnership with research centers, college and departmental IT. Within UDIT, the Research Cyberinfrastructure unit supports a broad range of disciplines including physical sciences, engineering, earth, ocean and environmental sciences, life sciences, information and mathematical sciences, business, social and policy sciences, and the arts and humanities. The University maintains two high performance computing clusters built through a co-investment model and provides support for scientific software, research data storage and GIS.
The Leadership Opportunity
Several strategic initiatives frame the need and agenda for this position. The Data Science Institute and a Research Cyberinfrastructure task force are surfacing requirements for new infrastructure and support capabilities to facilitate the transfer, secure storage, and analysis of very large data sets. A working group of faculty, library and IT staff are developing proposals to improve research information management capabilities. More disciplines including the social sciences, humanities and the arts are finding research computing capabilities relevant to their scholarship and seek support for its use. The University is in the process of developing its first comprehensive University IT strategy with enabling research and scholarship as a core theme.
The successful candidate will build on these efforts and develop research specific strategies and implementation roadmaps. The Director will lead initiatives to expand HPC and storage capacity, better position the institution to leverage cloud computing for research and improve research software management. The successful candidate will lead a collaborative effort with UD’s security and infrastructure teams to create compliant environments to store, manage, and conduct research on data protected by relevant privacy and security standards like HIPAA, FISMA, and NIST. The Director will collaborate with the Library and Research Office to design and deliver services to preserve and provide public access to research data, as required by federal funding agencies. They will plan with UD’s research centers and colleges a collaborative model for research support services that is comprehensive, more easily discovered and more widely accessible. Additionally, they will develop funding and staffing plans to extend UDIT service offerings in areas or need including training, scientific software support, consultation, application optimization, and data visualization tools and techniques.
The Director will oversee a research support team of that includes high performance computing systems administrators, a Geographic Information System specialist, and scientific software support specialists. Major responsibilities of the position include:
Collaborate with senior academic leaders, researchers and senior IT leaders to establish goals, objectives, and approaches that address computational-intensive and data-intensive activities, e-collaboration, consulting, training, and software development needs.
Interact directly with a Governance Board made up of research faculty that coordinates use of the central HPC services and helps plan expansions to research IT services.
Champion breakthrough ideas that give University researchers a competitive edge.
Lead customer outreach including advocacy and marketing of the research cyberinfrastructure services.
Develop and maintain a wide range of effective and influential relationships with research and IT leaders at peer research-intensive institutions, national and regional computing facilities, and with Federal funding agencies (NSF, NIH, DoD, DOE).
Build collaborations with researchers and involves IT research computing support staff on faculty-led grant proposals to secure funding.
Direct the administration and operation of the Research Cyberinfrastructure unit.
Provide clear objectives, empower, and lead team to achieve these objectives as a collaborative unit.
Evaluate performance and provide guidance and feedback to team.
Reassess or redefine priorities as appropriate to meet UDIT division and University goals.
Assess need for technical and professional growth and recommend development opportunities.
Serve on internal and external advisory and review committees and task forces. Represent the University on a local, regional and national level and provide leadership in national collaborative efforts with other institutions and agencies.
Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as required.
The following qualifications are required:
Master’s degree and 10 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ph.D. preferred. Degree in a computer science, computer engineering, science or technology or compute-intensive research field preferred.
Minimum of five years’ experience leading or working in high performance computing – including software development, system administration, software applications, storage systems and networking.
Must be an articulate, consensus building and persuasive leader who can serve as an effective member of UDIT’s leadership team.
Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following: 1. Parallel programming; 2. Grid computing, programming frameworks; 3. Numerical methods and algorithms; 4. Software debugging, profiling and optimization in an HPC environment; 5. Scientific data visualization; 6. Experience with a variety of HPC applications.
Degree in a computer science, computer engineering, science or technology or computer-intensive research field.
Experience supporting data intensive research.
Demonstrated knowledge of research data preservation strategies and the regulatory frameworks that impact protecting and promoting access to data.
The most competitive candidates will have many of the following additional qualifications:
In depth understanding of research cyberinfrastructure landscape and demonstrated experience with processes for procurement, deployment and operation.
Functional understanding of advanced computational environments needed for data-intensive research in physical and life sciences, engineering, information sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Strong program planning skills in order to develop services and solutions to meet needs in research computing.
Demonstrated expertise in specifying, designing, and implementing computing infrastructure, clustered and parallel file systems, large scale storage, backup and archiving and high bandwidth networking, software defined networks and Science DMZ.
Demonstrated experience supporting computational science and engineering or as a user of with experience with computational science and engineering applications.
Successful track record developing proposals to secure core infrastructure grants.
Formed successful collaborations with key partners including research centers, library, and college IT teams.
Excellent customer service skills and ability to work directly with constituents or vendors to understand needs, resolve problems, and address systemic issues in service delivery processes.
Highly developed written, oral, listening, and presenting skills and ability to lead complex discussions and achieve outcomes through patient, transparent, consultation.
Successful experience developing budgets, tracking expenditures, and negotiating with vendors and contractors.
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found athttp://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html