Director of Research Computing Infra

Lexington, KY
Sep 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Reporting to University of Kentucky (UK) Office of the Chief Information Officer within Information Technology Services (ITS), reporting to the Director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics, and reporting to the Director of the Center for Computational Sciences, the Director of Research Computing Infrastructure will manage the research, development, deployment, operation and promotion of research-focused cyberinfrastructure for the University and associated State research communities.

This position is responsible for managing the design, development, deployment, and operation of a cost-effective mix of infrastructures and services supporting research computing, including shared high-performance computing and network resources, data-analysis platforms, and storage systems, across the University, State, National, and International resources. This position will work with the Directors of the Center for Computational Sciences and the Institute for Biomedical Informatics to help identify, engage and support the needs of researchers, implement a culture of innovative, effective, and scalable customer-focused problem solving, and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive research cyberinfrastructure strategy, including the use of commercial (e.g., cloud) services when applicable.

The Director supervises a team of technical staff members, consultants, and students and is responsible for day-to-day operation, planning and staffing. The incumbent will be expected to work closely with the ITS leadership team in the development of opportunities across UK to increase productivity and reduce associated cost.

The incumbent should possess a broad understanding of research computing technologies, research computing and networking architectures, trends, and current best practices. He/She should understand how current technologies apply to a large spectrum of research fields ranging from basic science and engineering, to biomedical and bioinformatics applications, to data science and computational humanities.

The successful candidate will have advanced knowledge of research cyberinfrastructure systems, technical architectures, and issues; in-depth knowledge and experience of computer use in universities and/or research laboratories; a deep understanding of technical computing and software and storage practices for university research; and extensive knowledge and experience with cloud computing, infrastructure, and services. This individual will also have the ability to think strategically, tactically and creatively, have excellent communication skills, and proven ability to establish and maintain working relationships with researchers, technical staff, institutional executives, and external agencies and organizations.

Job Title
Director of Research Computing Infra

Requisition Number

Working Title
Director of Research Computing Infrastructure

Department Name
3L100:Planning Finance and Administration

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

8 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting for long periods of time. Walking with packages up to 25 lbs.


Monday - Friday, primarily 8:00am - 5:00pm. On call as needed.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information systems or relevant computational science or engineering field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have five years of related work experience in progressive leadership, as demonstrated through leadership of scientific, technology, and/or computational advancement and collaboration?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have at least five years of experience assessing and implementing advanced technology architectures in various research areas?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Have you published academic articles in an academic peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings in a discipline related to computer science or research computing?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter


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