Assistant Director for Research - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1700472)

Champaign, IL
Aug 03, 2017
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National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Assistant Director for Research

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50 for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

NCSA is currently seeking an Assistant Director for Research to assist the Director, Deputy Director, and other NCSA Leadership with research operations of the Center, with a specific focus on unifying activities across the major NCSA projects and directorates. In addition, the Assistant Director for Research will take a leading role in developing strategy around organizing interdisciplinary collaborative activities, connecting with diverse external funding opportunities, and providing oversight for educational outreach programs. The Assistant Director will serve as the primary point of contact for the Faculty Fellows program and NCSA Colloquia, and will also assist with managing budgeting and planning for the Center's research activities.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with the NCSA Director and Deputy Director on the oversight of the Center's research programs and projects within its three directorates; Integrated Cyberinfrastructure (ICI), Research & Education (R&E), and Economic and Societal Impact (ESI) .
  • Serve as a liaison to the NCSA Office of Strategic Proposal Development, faculty affiliates, Project Management team, and staff to develop new interdisciplinary research grants such as program grants, center grants, and multi-disciplinary university research grants.
  • Lead the development and management of the NCSA educational outreach programs.
  • Manage NCSA faculty affiliates and associated programs (Faculty Fellows program, NCSA Colloquia) that involves: 1) Develop and execute the Faculty Fellows program, including the promotion of the program, planning and execution of proposal submissions, review committee and post-award stages. 2) Track the onboarding process of new Fellows, create current Fellow activities such as seminars, workshops, etc., and maintain these relationships in order to effectively monitor research goals and progress within NCSA. 3) Identify high-level strategic speakers for the NCSA Colloquia through input from NCSA staff and affiliates, organize the series of speakers, and create the agenda for each speaker.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with key partners across the Illinois campus and represent NCSA on the Campus Research Administrators Working Group (CRAWG) committee.
  • Manage budgeting and planning for Center activities that includes; develop and track current budgets and forecast future income/expenditures to ensure financial stability
  • Analyze ongoing and completed work to improve future efficiencies, formulating, and recommending changes to program workflows as needed.
  • Serve as a point of contact or key spokesperson for the Center, backing up the Director & Deputy Director as it relates to the Research and Education activities.

Required Education, Training and Experience:
  • Master's degree in field related to computational science and engineering. Alternative degree fields may be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience.
  • Significant and broad experience and understanding of university, faculty and research administration.
  • Demonstrated writing experience via coursework, professional contributions, and published papers.
  • Basic information technology (IT) skills.

Preferred Experience:
  • Experience and understanding of national research and scientific strategy and administration.
  • One year of experience in project management/program management.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date (8/16/17). Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters may also be uploaded or sent to the contact below). For full consideration, candidates must complete the application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit or email

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Director for Research - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1700472)
Open Date: 08/02/2017
Close Date: 08/16/2017
Organization Name: Supercomputing Applications