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Director of Computing and Information Technology

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Posted Date
Aug 8, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Chief Technology & Information Officers, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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About the Department
The Physical Sciences Division (PSD) has a rich history of advancing and defining new fields of discovery in the physical sciences and mathematics, and this tradition of innovation continues today. Our inquiry and impact spans from the edge of the observable universe to human-computer interaction, from biophysical materials science to the geologic record of seawater composition, from gravitational waves to geometric flows, and beyond. The division includes the academic departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. In addition, PSD includes a number of interdisciplinary research institutes and centers, including the Enrico Fermi Institute, the James Franck Institute, and the Kavli Center for Cosmological Physics. Many of our scientists have joint appointments at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory as well as joint affiliations with other Chicago-based research institutions such as the Toyota Technological Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, The Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum. Our students build connections with world-leading scientists, collaborate across disciplines, and enjoy the dynamic Chicago and University communities.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Dean the Deputy Dean for Computing for the Physical Sciences Division (PSD), the Director of Computing and Information Technology (CIT) provides leadership to ensure the PSD has effective computing and information technology in support of all academic, administrative and research needs. In collaboration with IT groups across the Division, the Director: creates a strategic vision to improve computing and IT support to advance the teaching and research mission of the PSD; serves as an effective strategic partner to advocate for faculty interests and concerns, and partners with the University’s IT Services team in developing collaborative solutions and best practices for the research environment. This position is available for partially remote work.


  • Directly supervises the PSD Computing and IT team of professionals who provide end-user support, systems support (cyberinfrastructure and networking), and other common CIT services and technologies.
  • Develops productive collaborative relationships with faculty, departmental IT staff, research groups, and computing professionals across the Division on common technical and policy challenges.
  • Serves as a senior member of the Dean’s Office team, working with the Dean and Deputy Deans to develop strategic goals and to respond to high level issues.
  • Serves as the key Divisional leader interfacing with  the University's IT Leadership Council. The Director collects feedback across the PSD and provides this feedback to ITS. 
  • Collaborates with the Departments, faculty, and Dean’s office to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate the growth and changing needs of the PSD.
  • In collaboration with faculty and PSD Human Resources, works to ensure that research programs can effectively recruit and retain IT professionals to support large-scale computing and data management challenges.
  • Leads the development of a strategic path towards greater alignment of common computing and IT functions across departments and units.
  • Ensures that all PSD units comply with the University’s policies related to data center management, end user device security, and cybersecurity policies while at the same time facilitating unique research and teaching activities that require exemptions.
  • Develops productive collaborative relationships with the University’s IT Services and Research Computing Center to ensure that the PSD’s needs are being met by these units.
  • Leads the team responsible for architecture and administration of servers and related collaborative applications. Provides technical guidance to employees, colleagues and/or customers.
  • Provides leadership for the planning, design, implementation, budgeting, and management of information technology resources.
  • Manages the creation of standards and procedures to maintain production servers that run the operating system.  Manages the installation, configuration, and maintenance of operating systems and utility software.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or related field, an advanced degree in information systems or related.


  • Several years of computing systems management and IT leadership experience in a complex academic, research or enterprise environment.
  • Critical understanding of computing and IT systems and infrastructure.
  • Expert knowledge of industry trends, emerging technologies and challenges in a scientific computing environments.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of systems management and operation of Unix/Linux clusters, storage systems, and networking.
  • Knowledge of cloud native service orchestration technologies such Kubernetes.
  • Knowledge of modern infrastructure tooling including declarative approaches, continuous integration and operation, DevOps methodologies, monitoring frameworks. 
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity best practices and technologies in a research context, Linux container lifecycle management, container security.
  • The ability to build and maintain relationships with faculty, staff, administration and partners.
  • Ability to understand and coordinate requirements and roadmaps for the computing activities of research groups across the division, including collaborations with external partners.
  • Collaborative focus to enable consensus across and within a multi-stakeholder IT environment.
  • Proactive and nimble approach to process improvement and innovation in technology.
  • Inherent drive to succeed in fulfilling the mission, goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Ability to communicate across all levels, from technical development to members of the leadership team.
  • Strategic leader with demonstrated experience in complex organizations.
  • Ability to integrate vision, strategy and tactics to achieve results.
  • Excellent organizational, project management and communication.

Working Conditions

  • This position is available for partially remote work.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • References (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

People Manager

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Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

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