Research Software and Computing Training Lead - Computational Science and Engineering (A1700196)

Champaign, IL
Apr 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Computational Science and Engineering, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and the
Office of the Chief Information Officer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seek applicants for the position of Research Software and Computing Training Lead, which will serve as a member of the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) program, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and the campus Research IT Services (part of the Office of the Chief Information Officer). The Research Software and Computing Training Lead will enable cutting-edge research involving the use and/or development of advanced digital software and hardware across all disciplines by coordinating, delivering, and administrating training programs for students and researchers at the University of Illinois and area institutions, including industry. The person in this position will play a key role in the research life of the campus, identifying important computational and data science skills and technologies, demonstrating how they can be used to solve problems in computational science and engineering and other disciplines, and designing activities to increase them. This position will report to all three offices with day-to-day supervision provided by the Director of Computational Science and Engineering.

Specific duties and responsibilities for this position include:
  • Analyze and understand the need for software training for undergraduate and graduate students and other researchers by collaborating with faculty and technical staff across campus.
    • Specific software, such as:
      • Structural Analysis software tools such as ABAQUS, ANSYS, etc.
      • Fluid Analysis software tools such as FLUENT, OPENFOAM, etc.
      • Multiphysics Analysis software tools such as COMSOL, etc.
      • Numerical Dynamics simulation tools such as MATLAB, etc.
      • Molecular Dynamics simulation tools such as GROMACS, LAMMPS, etc.
      • Quantum simulation tools such as GAUSSIAN, VASP, etc.
      • Numerical frameworks and solvers such as PETSc, hyper, SuperLU, Trilinos, etc.
      • Visualization software such as Visit, Paramesh, etc.
      • Other software widely used in teaching and research
    • General software skills to enable research and education, such as:
      • Software Carpentry
      • Data Carpentry
    • HPC-specific training, in conjunction with NCSA/XSEDE, Blue Waters, including campus cluster support for CSE and NCSA-affiliated graduate students, faculty, and researchers.
    • Training targeted at industry, in conjunction with the NCSA Industry program.
  • Gather information on existing training activities, and students, faculty, and staff willing to provide this training
  • Coordinate with CSE and NCSA-affiliated departments and units, CSE Steering Committee, NCSA Academic Council and other CSE faculty on CSE training program.
  • Design activities to fill gaps, potentially collaborating with other universities, including delivering training material
    • Develop, sponsor, and deliver special-topics curricula (such as software carpentry) as workshops and via integration into traditional coursework.
    • Work towards providing a unified and accessible framework for training at NCSA, leveraging and coordinating with other ongoing training activities (e.g. CyberGIS, CyberSecurity, ICHASS, Blue Waters, XSEDE, MBDH, NDS) and research projects providing training (e.g. yt, Swift, Einstein Toolkit).
    • Coordinate with the DCIO office on related training programs outside CSE and NCSA-affiliated departments and units.
    • In collaboration with the NCSA Industry program, deliver training targeted at industry.
  • Analyze future needs (3-5 years out) and plan future activities
  • Analyze and report on training programs and support activities.
  • Disseminate information about the training program, particularly as compared to programs in other institutions.
  • Work to promote diversity and inclusion in training activities.
  • Supervise staff, including assignment of work, evaluation of performance, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in engineering, training/development or other related field
  • 4 years of experience in using CSE software
  • 2 years of experience in training/education
  • Experience with at least two of the specific software programs listed above
  • Experience and/or understanding of computational software/codes
  • Experience in project management or coordination
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all forms of communication, time management and organizational skills
  • Passion for training and an understanding of instructional methods and techniques

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in engineering, training/development or other related field
  • Experience in a higher education environment
  • Experience with three or more of the specific software programs listed above
  • Supervisory experience, including delegation of tasks, evaluation of performance, etc.

The Research Software and Computing Training Lead position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by May 15, 2017. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Sarah Musselman at or 217-244-1056.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Organization Name: Computational Science and Engr
College Name or Administrative Unit: Engineering
Category: Academic Professional
Open Date: 03/31/2017


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