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Executive Director Research Computing

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 16, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Executive Director Research Computing

About the Opportunity

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


The Executive Director, Research Computing services is responsible for the development and delivery of research and computationally intensive academic and high-performance computing infrastructure and services to Northeastern researchers, teaching faculty, and students throughout the university's global network, as well as their collaborators at other institutions. Under the direction of Northeastern research and technology leadership, and in consultation with researchers, the executive director enables innovation through development of leading-edge services and delivery of strong, faculty-centered, efficient support for established research computing functions. They supervise a team focused on research computing and leads collaborations related to research computing services.

The Executive Director will be a key strategic partner with Northeastern faculty, research departments, central and distributed information technology organizations, and programs to advance the institution's research mission. They will work alongside the university CIO to create and maintain a research computing strategic plan to support faculty research throughout the global network. These efforts will include that the executive director develop a deep and broad understanding of faculty, student, and staff expectations; understand the trends and disruptive forces in research computing; build a shared, aspirational research computing support strategy for the university; and develop a plan to bring this strategy to fruition.

To ensure that essential services are provided to the university community, the executive director may be required to work outside their regular working hours and travel as needed.

  • Master's or Ph.D. in a field with a strong scientific computing component and five years of experience working in a large-scale, advanced research computing environment, with a minimum of three years working in a research computing team.
  • History of cultivating a collaborative strategy, with the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships that positively influence others to move toward a common vision or goal.
  • Direct experience with research data management, tiered storage lifecycle strategies, and usage/cost optimization.
  • Knowledge of batch processing, cluster management, and cloud orchestration techniques is essential.
  • High-level knowledge with high-performance computing trends and technologies.
  • Knowledge of file systems architecture and their effective use for storage and management of research data.
  • Superior communication skills coupled with an ability to navigate a complex academic environment and work collaboratively with individuals at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage complex projects and initiatives.
  • The successful candidate should understand the decision-making process and structure of a large, complex educational institution, like Northeastern University, and be able to collaboratively build a community with key stakeholders and business unit leaders across the enterprise—reaching consensus and positively increasing IT's impact on the academic, research, and economic development mission of the university.
  • Budget fiscal responsibility with forecasting, planning, and business case preparation
  • Advanced written communication, oral communication, analytical, project, and process management skills


Service Owner 20%

Serve as service owner for all research computing services, ensuring appropriate researcher involvement, governance, service documentation, delivery, and support. Drive service strategy and design, monitoring, and continuous improvement.

Research Computing Services 20%

Adapt and expand research computing services in support of computationally intensive academic courses, including providing training and support for students and teaching faculty in the classroom and online.

Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) 20%

Collaborate with Northeastern faculty, fellows, and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) on development of reusable environments and holistic computational solutions for researchers that expand the impact of Northeastern research within and beyond the university.

Research Computing Leadership 20%

Lead research computing collaborations that benefit Northeastern, especially related to the MGHPCC, and/or related regional or national research computing infrastructure.

Research & Academic Computing Projects 10%

In alignment with Northeastern research, education, and technology strategies and in conjunction with IT Project Board/IT Council governance bodies, plan, propose, and implement Northeastern research and academic computing projects.

Staff Management 10%

Recruit, manage, and develop research computing staff with the appropriate skills and expertise to excel in the Northeastern environment across the global network, cultivating a high-performing team.

Position Type

Information Technology

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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