Job no: 233411-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) seeks a Research Computing Facilitator who will work with researchers on campus and across the country to find appropriate computationally-based solutions to problems impeding their research, expecting that many will leverage the world-class computing capabilities of CHTC and its partners, including the NSF Open Science Grid (OSG). Facilitators gain a wide range of skills at this job, and will work with experts in a range of research areas and computational technologies at UW-Madison and around the world through the partnerships of CHTC. The preferred applicant will be self-motivated and able to work as part of a dynamic team, as well as possessing strong communication skills, prior experience and interest in enabling the work of others, and a desire for continuous learning.

Facilitators serve as the human interface for researchers leveraging CHTC and OSG computing and data resources by providing consultations and ongoing support, and by driving relevant documentation, training, and outreach efforts. Facilitators are also in the perfect position to provide critical feedback to the services and technologies operated by CHTC and the OSG in order to improve the user experience, and to identify distributed computing innovations which would have significant impact on the day-to-day lives of researchers.

More about the CHTC:
The CHTC develops open-source distributed computing software technologies used worldwide, such as HTCondor, and operates a large and active computing infrastructure consisting of thousands of CPUs used by hundreds of research groups across the UW campus. CHTC and its staff contribute to the nation?s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem, leading the NSF Partnership to Advance Throughput Computing (PATh), which includes facilitation of researchers and campuses leveraging capabilities within the OSG. This position will work closely with personnel at the CHTC and its partners, which also include but are not limited to: DoIT Research Cyberinfrastructure, Research Data Services, the Data Science Hub and American Family Insurance Data Science Institute, the Bioinformatics Resource Center, the Social Sciences Computing Cooperative, academic units, and many others.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

A Master's degree (MS or MA) or a Bachelor's degree with equivalent experience. A Master's degree with research emphasis is preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- Two years of research experience in a compute-intensive area, or in computing facilitation
- Experience in at least one research domain, such as: life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, or the humanities
- Basic skills with one or more scripting languages like Unix shell, Python, or R
- Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills, with attention to interpersonal relationships and professionalism.
- Demonstrated interest and prior experience in enabling the work of others.

Preferred experience in one or more of the following:
- Significant experience with data analysis, data science, and/or application of machine learning methodologies.
- Familiarity with applying high-throughput-computing techniques to solve domain science problems.
- Experience using or facilitating bioinformatics software tools and technologies for high-throughput computing.
- Significant experience and demonstrated interest in education, curriculum development, mentoring, consulting, community-building and/or formal communication activities
- Past contributions to a Carpentries workshop or other computation-focused training effort(s).
- Familiarity with campus research computing centers/services or the Open Science Grid.
- Experience using, compiling, or programming MPI-based code



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired into a Assistant Researcher, Associate, Researcher, or Researcher title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Lauren Michael, .

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and a document with contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Lauren Michael
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Apr 22 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: May 31 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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