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Associate Director of Research Computing
Harvard Medical School
USA - MA - Boston
Information Technology
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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.  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.
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.
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.