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    Opportunity: Associate Director of Research Computing @ Harvard Medical School -- Boston, MA (US)
    Submitted by Christopher W Botka; posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014


    We are a growing group of informaticians, devops engineers and sys admins who support computational research at Harvard Medical School and Affiliates. We are looking for a scientist with a strong IT background or a an IT person with a strong science background. You will evangelize technology to the Research community and advocate for Research in the IT community. Experience with modern high performance computing environments, life sciences, 10s of petabytes of data and supporting basic and translational science is a must. You are able to talk with HMS faculty about their research projects and challenges, give them expert-level advice and come up with new ideas to better support their computational needs.

    The HMS Research Computing group (HMS RC) is a fast moving, constantly evolving team of experts in advanced computation applied to biomedical research. HMS RC is tasked with providing cutting-edge services and support to the world-class research faculty at HMS and across the Longwood Medical Area. We currently offer thousands of processors and petabytes of storage, together with expert-level strategic advice and problem solving.


    We seek an Associate Director of Research Computing to lead this team, partnering with faculty in a continuing effort to maximize the usefulness of computational approaches in biomedical research. We seek an energetic, broadly trained individual with incisive intelligence. The successful candidate will have the ability to rapidly appreciate and assess a wide range of complex biological and medical problems, advise on appropriate computational approaches, and translate the research challenge into actionable challenges for IT professionals. This is an outstanding opportunity to make a unique and broad contribution to exciting and important research.

    The Associate Director of Research Computing will report to the Director of Research Computing/Chief Technology Officer. This position will have responsibility for the day-to-day operation of Research Computing and will oversee a team of high-level scientific staff members. The Director of Research Computing will be responsible for building and maintaining excellent relationships with faculty and trainees across the research community at HMS. Management responsibilities include: continuing to build and develop a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; and ensuring compliance with Harvard and HMS policies and procedures. This position will work with science faculty and administrators in all departments to assess needs, develop, plan, budget, coordinate and facilitate the development and maintenance of the necessary hardware/software to support advanced research programs.


    Basic Qualifications: Advanced degree or equivalent relevant experience and minimum of 8 years experience managing a large-scale Research Computing or Scientific Computing environment in the sciences, e.g., in life sciences, computer science, computational biology, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, engineering or equivalent field. Demonstrated experience managing a technical staff.

    Additional Qualifications: Expert knowledge of HPC and grid/cloud computing environments, computational techniques and computational clusters (Linux and Windows). Superior communication skills coupled with an ability to navigate a complex academic environment working collaboratively with individuals at all levels will be essential. Ability to work together and share projects with other IT staff. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and technical IT skills and prior research experience.


    Boston, MA, USA


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