Technical Lead

Job description

DepartmentAbout us:

SOSCIP is a research and development consortium funded by the federal and provincial governments and IBM founded in 2012. The consortium pairs academic and industry researchers with advanced computing tools to fuel innovation leadership in Canada across all sectors, including health, water, energy, cities, mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cybersecurity.

The University of Toronto and Western University co-lead the administration of the consortium on behalf of all members. Governed by a Board of Directors co-chaired by the Vice-Presidents Research at the University of Toronto and Western University and a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), the consortium supports collaborative research projects and innovation between university researchers and industry, primarily small- and medium-sized enterprises. Projects are granted access to SOSCIP’s multiple advanced computing platforms. In addition, SOSCIP provides technical, research and commercialization support to projects. SOSCIP also provides critical opportunities for training and development of highly-qualified personnel on advanced research computing and data analytics tools by, directly and indirectly, funding postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Your opportunity:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the role supports the goals of the consortium which is to maintain its standing as a leading national organization in the application of advanced research computing and big data analytics to drive innovation and commercialization towards economic impact for Ontario and Canada.

Acts as the technical lead for SOSCIP projects by working with compute platform technical specialists to maintain compute systems at each of SOSCIPs technical centres, advising on technical aspects of projects for incoming project applications and during project review meetings, and at meetings with external project teams (academia and industry), and for end-user training. Provides technical input on computing resource allocation on several advanced research computing (ARC) platforms and presents at meetings, conferences and workshops about SOSCIP projects.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and planning IT projects in collaboration with platform technical specialists
  • Defining requirements and scope of complex projects with broad impact and long-term consequences
  • Planning and implementing IT systems independently, with a focus on technical platform and compute resource requests (hardware and software)
  • Developing project schedules including milestones, critical path, timelines, deliverables and reporting, act as technical expert during project approval meetings
  • Developing and maintaining project quality control standards, liaising with operations team and executive director
  • Delivering presentations at conferences
  • Conveying highly complex, technical, and confidential information regarding research and innovation projects to researchers and external contacts

CampusEssential Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Eight years or more of relevant work experience in leading technical solutions for collaborative research projects in (ie. a project management capacity, including all aspects of process development and execution); this includes at least (3) years of experience at a post-secondary educational institution
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and guiding project teams and influencing stakeholders
  • Solid working knowledge of current high-performance and advanced research computing technologies
  • Project management skills: ability to lead and motivate cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams to achieve goals
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under strict timelines, as well as the ability to work well in a demanding, dynamic environment and meet overall objectives
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under strict timelines, as well as the ability to work well in a demanding, dynamic environment and meet overall objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate discussions with senior leaders and external partners in ways that support strategic planning and decision-making
  • Strong collaboration skills, and the ability to communicate technical and non-technical audiences; able to learn, understand, and apply new technologies
  • Must be a critical thinker, with strong problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated superior communication skills including writing reports, developing and delivering presentations to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities, and strong time-management abilities
  • Capacity to react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently; flexibility during periods of rapid change

Assets (Nonessential):
  • Recognized certification in project management (PMP or PMP CAPM)

To be successful in this role you will be:
  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Diplomatic
  • Goal oriented
  • Problem solver
  • Resourceful
  • Self-directed
  • Team player

Department: Office of the Vice President, Research & Innovation
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Schedule: Full-time
Job Field: Information Technology
Job Posting: Oct 15, 2019
Job Closing: Oct 28, 2019, 10:59:00 PM




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Job No:
Posted: 10/17/2019
Application Due: 10/30/2019
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