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Director Of Research Computing

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder, one of the leading research universities in the country and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, seeks a Director of Research Computing (RC).

The Director will continue to build a new phase for Research Computing based on its strong regional and national reputation, through continual innovations in the Boulder campus’ cyberinfrastructure (CI), strengthening the CI for the other CU campuses (Anschutz Medical campus, CU Denver, and CU Colorado Springs), and continuing to serve as the leading actor in the CU Boulder-founded Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC), participating in national industry organizations, and collaborating with colleagues across the nation on federal research activities.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Research Computing, formed in 2010, is an exciting and fast-paced innovator and campus leader as well as a provider of comprehensive and impressive CI supporting the CU Boulder campus’ research computing and data needs. 

Based on our departmental goals and our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, we particularly welcome applications from candidates whose knowledge, skills, and abilities and desire to contribute to an inclusive campus environment will help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Director of Research Computing fosters scholarship, discovery, and innovation, supporting CU Boulder faculty needs for a continually advancing IT research environment in order to build and accelerate CU Boulder’s research competitiveness. Responsibilities span three areas: 
  • Leadership of the campus cyberinfrastructure.
  • Campus leadership in data-intensive research and teaching, as Co-Executive Director of the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS).
  • Bring to the campus CI a leading national and regional presence in academic, federal, and private sectors.
The Director reports to the CIO as a member of the CIO’s senior team. Dotted line reporting relationships to the Dean of the University Libraries and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation signify the high degree of commitment by campus senior leadership to the ongoing success and support of this position and of Research Computing. The Research Computing organization overseen by this position includes two Associate Directors, and 13 employees. In addition, the Director has joint oversight of CRDDS operations and staff.

The Director leads and helps set standards for the governance and technical architecture of the campus cyberinfrastructure. The Director coordinates computing services related to research computing across the central IT organization and the campus which is so critical to the growing use of the cyberinfrastructure in teaching and learning across the curriculum. 

What We Can Offer

Base annual salary range for this position is $185,000 to $210,000. Relocation assistance is available.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.  
  • Either a Master’s or terminal degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 5 years of progressively significant management and leadership experience in research computing, of which a minimum of three years is in higher education. 

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated success in participating in cyberinfrastructure awards funded through federal agencies. 
  • Deep understanding of computing and data services in support of the research enterprise locally and nationally. 
  • Strong collaboration skills, including the ability to gather input from a wide variety of diverse constituencies and to effectively discuss this input with stakeholders, colleagues, and/or clients in order to formulate strategic direction. 
  • Understanding of how to communicate the value and direction of research IT to campus stakeholders, in research and in the use of the campus CI in teaching. 
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage work groups. 
  • Proven knowledge and ability to maintain currency of emerging national CI issues related to goals and priorities of the university. 
  • Experience and active participation in national and global CI groups and ongoing relationships with various funding agencies. 
  • Proven commitment to excellent customer-service, with ability to work independently and with great levels of responsibility. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A Doctoral Degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • Experience in teaching. 
  • A record of progressive achievements in externally funded research, published in peer-reviewed vehicles, in a scholarly field, in particular in a STEM area. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:  
  1. A current resume.  
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.  
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.  

Please apply by February 28, 2021 for first consideration. The position will be open until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs

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