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Computing Sciences Researcher II

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Network/System Administrator

Posting Number: req7296

Department: Research & Discovery Tech

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona Research Technologies Department seeks an enthusiastic professional to join the High Performance Computing (HPC) consulting team. As a Computing Sciences Researcher, the successful candidate will work with faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and research staff to understand their research and facilitate access to computing resources that might best support them. The team collaborates with UArizona researchers across all schools, disciplines, and professional levels. The successful candidate is not required to have all knowledge and skills, but rather a willingness to grow and develop in collaboration with researchers and team members, and generally have a service-oriented mindset.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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The Research Technologies Department, reporting into the University Information Technology Services (UITS), provides research computing and data technologies along with expert consulting services to the UArizona research community. We maintain 3 centrally supported supercomputers (Puma, Ocelote and ElGato) comprising over 800 compute nodes and supporting 2PB of data, and support researchers by providing world-class infrastructure in support of their data analysis, and high-quality support and consulting for high performance computing, statistical analysis, and data visualization.

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is to consult with
researchers as detailed in the first example below. There is considerable leeway for the
successful candidate to undertake other tasks to be productive and supportive
of the mission.

  • Helps campus researchers leverage computing
    and data resources by meeting with faculty, students, and staff to understand
    aspects of their research that rely on, or could be aided by, data or
    computational methodologies, and helping them gain access to the HPC resources. These meetings are held by phone, zoom, or
    email through the ticketing system.
  • Works with the research community to scale
    or optimize software/code for running on the HPC resources. For example:
    leveraging parallel computing technologies such as MPI, optimizing scheduler
    job requests, improving portability of analyses using container technologies
    such as Docker or Singularity.
  • Attends or teaches at campus events, such as
    Women's Hackathon, Research Bazaar Arizona, Intro to HPC workshops, to consult
    with or train researchers.
  • Enables
    researchers to leverage external computing resources located at national
    resources supported by agencies like the NSF and NASA.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in any discipline requiring the use of advanced levels of computational methods and resources and three years of applied research including related practical research computing experience; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training or education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work in a team environment to support research across disciplines with a service-oriented mindset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in working with both technical and non-technical personnel at different levels in the organization.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging research-related technologies.
  • Knowledge of Linux operating systems.
  • Familiarity with batch schedulers.
  • Familiarity with common scientific tools like Python, Matlab or R.
  • Commitment to the culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility at UArizona.
  • Ability to work in a remote environment since most of our consultation is conducted through zoom and email.

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience as a researcher in a compute- and/or data-intensive research area at the graduate level or above.

* Experience with a compiled programming language such as C or Fortran.

* Experience or interest in any of the following areas: high performance computing, cloud computing, research data, sensitive data or containers.

* Familiarity with large datasets, transferring data to and from remote resources, and/or datasets with security compliance (ITAR, HIPAA, etc).

* Contributions to or attendance at a data science/Software Carpentry bootcamp, Women in Data Science event, Research Bazaar, or other computation-focused and/or data-focused training efforts.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $53,946-$75,896

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research & Data Analysis

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates


Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please upload an additional document with a list of at least three professional references (one should be at least prior supervisor).

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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