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Associate Vice President for Research Computing

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Job Description

Virginia Tech seeks an experienced, mission-driven, strategic leader to be the next Associate Vice President for Research Computing who will partner with researchers to increase Virginia Tech’s competitive advantage for grants and discover new opportunities for research computing in high-impact areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and visualization.

The Associate Vice President provides vision, strategy, and leadership for advanced research computing at Virginia Tech; leads and coordinates the deployment and effective operation of high performance computing, large scale and archival research data storage, high data rate networking, visualization, research software and applications, and support services that advance the university’s research competitiveness; broadens the impact of research computing at Virginia Tech by increasing the diversity of users; actively engages with the research community both within and external to the university; and facilitates a sustainable financial model for research computing at Virginia Tech that will balance recurring and one-time internal and external funding sources.

The Associate Vice President reports to the university’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer and leads the Advanced Research Computing (ARC) unit within the Division of IT. As a member of the Division of IT Senior Leadership Team, the Associate Vice President will collaborate with the CIO and other senior leaders on the strategic direction of the division, as well as on financial and human capital initiatives. The Associate Vice President works closely with the Office of Research and Innovation and has a “dotted line” reporting relationship to the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation.

This position is located out of the Blacksburg campus and is eligible for a hybrid working arrangement.

No visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Required Qualifications

- M.S. in engineering, science, mathematics, or related field
- Ability to lead within a complex organization with a focus on high quality service, support, effectiveness, and innovation
- Ability to collaborate and communicate with university leadership, research stakeholders, the university research community, and peers and other technology service providers
- Experience with technology and services needed to support research computing and data at scale in an academic or other research environment
- Ability to effectively organize and manage human, financial, and technology resources to achieve goals, including the ability to lead and supervise personnel and to manage budgets with multiple funding sources
- Experience navigating compliance with protected data/software
- History of success in working with sponsors to secure external funding for research and/or research infrastructure
- Committed to supporting and promoting a diverse and inclusive campus community

Preferred Qualifications

- Ph.D. in engineering, science, mathematics, or related field
- Experience supporting researchers using both on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure
- Experience using advanced research computing services as a researcher

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Salary Information

Commensurate upon experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact IT Human Resources at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: May 23, 2024
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