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Employment

FAS Research Computing offers a unique environment for its staff to explore new technology, engage with world-class researchers and students, and work in a unique, exciting, cutting-edge Research/HPC environment. Faculty of Arts and Sciences RC provides not only high-performance computing and research support, but also training, engagement, continued learning, and special projects.

FASRC seeks a diverse team of highly-motivated and engaged personnel to make our mission a success and make our team a pleasure to work within. Come join us and enjoy the benefits of working for Harvard University in an exciting and ever-growing research computing group.

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Current Openings

  • Area Lead, Data Science & Research Facilitation (Link Pending)

    Duties & Responsibilities
    Harvard’s Research Computing is seeking an Area Lead for their new Data Science and Research Facilitation role. This position builds upon our previous successes in a collaborative National Science Foundation (NSF) award, which helped launch a new era in research computing by formalizing the Research Education Facilitation role. See https://aciref.org for more information. This position will help grow our concept of facilitation within Harvard and engage nationally with the growing ACI-REF community. Additionally, the position is key to building the support mechanisms needed to enable the new Data Science Initiative to grow and thrive (https://datascience.harvard.edu).
    This position will be responsible for “bridging the gap” between our world class researchers and our advanced cyber infrastructure resources.

    Harvard University’s Research Computing continues to evolve, expand services and support to their leading research faculty and their collaborators around the world. These services include maintaining nearly 100,000 cores of high-performance computing, cloud computing, virtual machines, storage, databases, instrumentation core facility workstations and other development platforms as well as directly engaging with researchers through help requests, online chat, office hours, trainings, and in-depth consultations. In addition to the ACI-REF program, Research Computing has numerous other successful collaborations including building the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (http://www.mghpcc.org/) in Holyoke, MA with partner universities MIT, Boston University, Northeastern and University of Massachusetts. It is with these institutions that the newly NSF funded NESE project was launched (https://projectnese.org) that will create a regional data science repository. Boston University and Harvard also have a strong collaboration supporting the US Atlas Project (http://www.usatlas.bnl.gov/) as the North East Tier 2 (NET2) site, which is connected to the Open Science Grid. Overall, Research Computing at Harvard has a track-record of building partnerships to accelerate data driven research.

    The Area Lead will report to the Director of Research Computing, oversee a team of professional staff and be part of the Research Computing Leadership group. Management responsibilities include building and developing 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 policies and procedures. This position will share a leading role in our Advanced Research Computing Support working group and engage with Informatics and Scientific Applications Group. Most importantly, this position will interact daily with research faculty to assess needs, develop research plans, coordinate and facilitate the development of software algorithms and hardware solutions in coordination with our own Research Computing Infrastructure Engineers that are necessary to support each research program.

    Harvard seeks the very best talent to support and underpin our amazing discoveries in our research departments. This new position reflects the next step in the evolution of high a performance computing and cyberinfrastructure support capability at a world class institute. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and technical IT skills with prior research experience that will enable high quality interactions with Harvard Faculty. Come join our team and help us to build our new approach to supporting computational discoveries!

    Basic Qualifications
    Master’s degree in biological sciences or statistical based research required. Minimum 8 years of experience working in a large­-scale advanced research computing environment, with a minimum of 3 years experience managing a staff.

    Additional Qualifications
    Education: A Ph.D. in computationally driven science is highly preferred, as well as 10 years of experience working in a large­-scale advanced research computing environment.

    Management: Five years managing technical support staff in the sciences, e.g., biology, chemistry, psychology, computer science, or related fields is preferred. Must have a successful administrative track record and proven skills in strategic planning and/or management of a technical staff.

    Technical Skills: Expert knowledge of HPC/HTC and grid computing environments, advanced parallel processing techniques and clusters for both Linux and Windows. Understanding the limits of existing compute platforms and correlating the design of in­silico scalable experiments to fit appropriately will be key. Knowledge of batch processing, cluster management and cloud orchestration techniques are essential. Knowledge of high-performance networking technologies like InfiniBand and OmniPath is key. Competency in high and low level programming languages (C/C++, FORTRAN, python, R, ...) is essential along with basic management of large software systems and relational database architectures. Deep knowledge of filesystems architecture, in particular high performance parallel file systems like Lustre/GPFS. Superior communication skills coupled with an ability to navigate an academic environment and work collaboratively with individuals at all levels is key.

    Additional Information
    All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

    Job Function: Research
    Sub­Unit Location: USA ­ MA ­ Cambridge

    Department: Research Computing
    Time Status: Full­time
    Union: 00 ­ Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
    Salary Grade: 059
    Pre­Employment Screening: Identity
    Schedule: 9am­-5pm M-­F

    EEO Statement
    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

 


  • Area Lead, Research Software Engineering (Link Pending)

    Duties & Responsibilities
    Harvard’s Research Computing is seeking an Area Lead for their new Research Software Engineering (RSE) role.
    Our department has prior success in collaborating with faculty on a short-term basis to provide well-engineered software that enriches research productivity and reliability. In this position, you will help develop a core team that will build a more lasting partnership between researchers and software experts, one which will allow code to evolve with the research, and ensure that modern standards of reproducible code are kept. You will also have the opportunity to engage in the national dialogue around forming an RSE Association in the US. Come join our team and help us to build our new approach to supporting computational discoveries!

    The Area Lead will report to the Director of Research Computing, oversee a team of professional staff, and be part of the Research Computing Leadership group. Management responsibilities include building and developing 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 policies and procedures. This position will engage with the FAS Informatics and Scientific Core Applications Group. Most importantly, this position will interact daily with research faculty to assess needs, develop research plans, coordinate and facilitate the development of software algorithms. It is expected that this position will also lead a set of revolving term-positions that are scaled according to demand for services.

    Harvard University’s Research Computing continues to evolve, expand services and support to their leading research faculty and their collaborators around the world. These services include maintaining nearly 100,000 cores of high-performance computing, cloud computing, virtual machines, storage, databases, instrumentation core facility workstations and other development platforms as well as directly engaging with researchers through help requests, online chat, office hours, training, and in-depth consultations. Research Computing has numerous other successful collaborations, including building the MGHPCC (http://www.mghpcc.org/) in Holyoke, MA with leading partner universities. It is with these institutions that the newly NSF-funded NESE project was launched (https://projectnese.org) that will create a regional data science repository. Boston University and Harvard also have a strong collaboration supporting the US Atlas Project (http://www.usatlas.bnl.gov/) as the North East Tier 2 (NET2) site, which is connected to the Open Science Grid. The Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Research & Education and Facilitation project (https://aci-ref.org), has enabled us to develop a team of facilitators. Research Computing at Harvard has a track-record of building partnerships to accelerate research and collaboration.

    Basic Qualifications
    Bachelor's degree in sciences or statistical-based research required. Minimum 6 years of experience working in a predominate software development environment, with a minimum of 3 years experience managing code development projects for stakeholders and 3 years experience managing staff.

    Additional Qualifications
    Education: A M.S. in computationally driven science is highly preferred, as well as 8 years of experience working in a predominate software development environment.

    Technical Skills:. Knowledge of batch processing, configuration management, and cloud orchestration techniques are essential. Well versed in software best practices, continuous integration and containerized solutions. Competency in high and low-level programming languages (C/C++, FORTRAN, python, R, ...) is essential along with basic management of large software systems and relational database architectures. Creating streamlined user interfaces for research design and visualization for research output are necessary. Superior communication skills coupled with an ability to navigate an academic environment and work collaboratively with individuals at all levels is key.

    Additional Information
    All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

    Job Function: Research
    Sub­Unit Location: USA ­ MA ­ Cambridge

    Department: Research Computing
    Time Status: Full­time
    Union: 00 ­ Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
    Salary Grade: 059
    Pre­Employment Screening: Identity
    Schedule: 9am­-5pm M-­F

    EEO Statement
    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.