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Associate Vice President for Advanced Research Computing

Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey
$203,065 - $310,689
Date posted
Jan 12, 2024

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Rutgers University invites nominations and applications for Associate Vice President for Advanced Research Computing. Reporting to the University’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer and consulting with its Senior Vice President for Research, the AVP enables excellence and innovation by developing and delivering efficient, contemporary, scaled, and sustainable research computing resources across hardware, software, services, and support in a faculty-centered, strategic, and fiscally prudent way.

The AVP provides Rutgers-wide leadership in the complex and rapidly evolving space of research computing broadly defined – across all the fields represented at Rutgers and across computing, storage, and informatics. The AVP is responsible for leading the ongoing work that enables the University to identify the optimal investments in systems and services; to identify and sustain a sensible business model for research computing within Rutgers’ RCM model; and to develop and deploy support services for researchers that are delivered by an expert, high-performing, customer-oriented team.

The AVP engages with faculty and staff colleagues across Rutgers to understand the needs of the research community for computational support and to develop a sustainable approach to addressing those ever-growing needs through on-campus and cloud-based solutions. Bringing subject-matter expertise into dialogue with research leaders across the University, the AVP moves Rutgers towards a clear, strategic view of the evolving nature of the technology used to support research computing, such as the growing use of cloud resources, co-processors, and on- and off-campus storage, along with traditional CPU clusters. The AVP ensures that OARC continues to develop an array of services using those technologies that is well matched to the needs of the research community.

The ideal candidate for this position will bring:

  • The ability to lead a high-performing, customer-oriented team dedicated to advancing the University's research mission
  • Experience conducting or supporting computationally enabled research and the commitment to supporting it across a wide range of disciplines and fields
  • Experience managing budgets with multiple funding sources
  • Experience navigating a matrixed and highly distributed organizational environment
  • Excellent organizational change management and project management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to audiences with a wide range of technical skills and build support among a broad spectrum of users
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to adapt within a rapidly changing technical environment
  • The financial acumen to build the team's economic model in ways compliant with grant funding and other funding sources
  • Experience collaborating in proposal development and grant submission and management (e.g., infrastructure grants)
  • Forward-looking views about, for example, opportunities created by AI and the implications of data science on academic disciplines

Minimum qualifications include an advanced degree: master's level with significant and relevant work experience in the research field will be considered; PhD preferred; at least eight years of experience managing large-scale advanced research computing environment; and at least seven years of experience managing technical staff.


Rutgers University has engaged Opus Partners to assist this search. Craig Smith, Partner, and Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate, are leading the search. To seek additional information, or nominate qualified candidates, please email Thomas Lapierre at To be considered for the position, candidates must formally apply via Opus Partners and must provide a resume and a cover letter.

The anticipated and budgeted hiring salary range is between $203,065-$310,689 annually with a mid-range salary of $256,877.

It is Rutgers University policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement.

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