Director, Research Computing

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Information Technology, Research

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

Responsible for leading and directing day to day operations, staff, and projects for the OIT Research Computing team. Implements the overall strategic and tactical plans for the development and support of the University’s user constituencies for ongoing support of computing, storage, consulting, and software tools for Boise State researchers. 

Department Overview:

Research Computing is advancing research at Boise State through innovative technical partnerships and grant development to support a robust cyberinfrastructure. Check it out:

Level Scope:

Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Essential Functions:
  • Works in direct partnership with the Faculty Director of Research Computing in developing and executing strategy, planning, and faculty engagement.
  • Lead, implement and support the university Cyberinfrastructure plan and roadmap for research computing, including budget direction. Cyberinfrastructure includes computational, data storage, high speed networking, research application software, and resources to support and operate.
  • Partner with Researchers, Library, OSP, and OIT staff to advise on issues related to research data, data access and other interfaces related to research technologies. Establish RC operational objectives, priorities, and policies for delivery of RC services.
  • Establish success metrics for research computing services and support.
  • Develop and manage budget for support of department operations including sponsored projects.
  • Coordinate efforts to understand and onramp researchers when they would be most successful in their research investigations with the use of regional/national HPC systems.
  • Provide project oversight and coordination support for Research Computing projects, both internally and in collaboration with other OIT/campus units and regional organizations/institutions.
  • Develop and support vendor relationships; coordinate procurement efforts for equipment purchases for the department and for faculty; and manage overall support requirements for equipment.
  • Manage sponsored projects, including budget, reporting, and client/funder coordination.
  • Manage and coordinate contract review for Research Computing related activities, including sponsored projects, software, and hardware procurements.
  • Promote awareness of research computing services to BSU and the BSU research community using a variety of channels, including department newsletter, UPDATE, brown bags, lab presentations, etc.
  • Manage and cultivate internal relationships. This position is in constant communication with Colleges and Departments regarding their server, storage and research support needs. This position works with all areas of the Office of Information and Technology.
  • Communicate with staff across campus units in support of high performance computing practices as well as research and data technology support for researchers.
  • Directly manage research computing professional staff and student employees, facilitate staffing, compensation, performance management and employee development.
  • Prepare grant proposals with Boise State research teams and developers for new research computing systems.
  • Foster and facilitate interdisciplinary computational research activities.
  • Develop relationships with USA funding agencies and program officers.
  • Manage and cultivate external relationships. Associations are maintained with national organizations, state agencies, vendors and manufacturers. Such organizations include NSF, NIH, INL, RMACC, Westnet, IRON, and other institutions. This position will liaison with State Government contacts and with other Idaho university positions to assist with state-wide research support and grants. Vendors could include AWS, Azure, Sherlock, Dell, Netapp, Cisco, and Oracle. This position is also responsible for our on-going work with Idaho Power which provides about $1M a year in services to Idaho Power. Contacts are through face to face, email and telephone.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Knowledge of current information technology and applications related to research
  • Knowledge of grant and proposal development for funded research
  • Strong data analysis skills. Able to identify process problems and correct them through policy and procedures
  • Understanding of new computing, software and storage practices for university research efforts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to communicate effectively the capabilities and limitations of information technology as it relates to research.
  • Experience in the transfer of technical information throughout an organization.
  • Communication skills necessary to communicate to non-technical end-users a basic understanding of technical solutions or issues.
  • Skilled in interpersonal relationships, teaching, planning and communication.
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, communications, and public relations skills.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years experience or equivalent including 5 years managerial experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree
  • Principal Investigator (PI) experience
Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is $105,560/year; commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please provide a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.

Initial review of applications will begin September 29, 2021.



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