Director, Center for High Performance Computing

University of Utah in Utah

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 24, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary 98,300-191,400
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Utah is seeking an innovative and entrepreneurial Director to lead its Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC). CHPC is a unit of University Information Technology (UIT) with cross-reporting and significant funding through the Office of the Vice President for Research. CHPC is a long-standing research support unit of the University that offers high performance computing, research data storage and analytics (including provision for protected data), natural language processing (NLP), and other research collaboration services to the faculty, students, and other researchers at the University and their collaborators. CHPC has access to significant dedicated space and electric power (over 1.1 Megawatts) in the UIT Downtown Data Center (DDC). CHPC collaborates closely with the Utah Education Network (UEN), which operates a modern optical network connecting the campus to the DDC and national networks such as the Internet2 Network and NOAAs N-Wave. CHPC is an active participant within the emerging Condo of Condos national consortium, XSEDE Campus Champions, CASC, Internet2, GENI, Utah EPSCoR, the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium, and the annual SCxy conference. Of note, SC16 is expected to return to Salt Lake City in November 2016.


University of Utah Job ID# PRN05344B



The Director is a senior research computing management position responsible for developing the facility and creating an effective management structure that promotes the adoption of innovative research computing, a nimble academic service environment, and ongoing professional development among the staff. The Director should possess a broad understanding of research computing technologies, trends, and current best practices and how they apply to a large spectrum of research fields, ranging from basic physical sciences to biomedical applications to computational humanities. She/he will foster collaborative partnerships with faculty across the University to enhance the computational research infrastructure of the entire campus. The Director will oversee the CHPC staff and advocate for creative uses of the facility. The Director will be expected to participate on a regular basis in external funding proposals, both with University faculty members leading and as project lead as appropriate.



Applicants are expected to have a masters degree (Ph.D. strongly preferred) or equivalent research training in computer science or a computationally intensive science or engineering discipline, a minimum of five years of progressive leadership experience in high performance research computing, and strong collaborative skills as demonstrated through leadership of scientific or computational partnerships.

Successful proposal writing and collaboration experience with diverse faculty teams is highly desirable. Previous research computing experience in an academic setting or other research environment also is highly desirable.



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Applicants please include the following:
a short position statement (2 pages or less) on the changing role of research computing and specifically high performance computing at a major research university
names of four or more references

Applicants may be eligible for faculty affiliation with one or more departments at the University for ongoing research and teaching roles in conjunction with the primary CHPC leadership role. Those interested in pursuing such an affiliation should indicate this intention in a cover letter, along with a short description of their qualifications for the specified department(s) and desired form of affiliation.

A formal review of candidates will start on March 15 with initial candidate interviews to be scheduled thereafter.


Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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