Director, Faculty of Arts & Sciences Research Computing

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jun 24, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS) seeks a Director to lead its FAS Research Computing (FASRC) organization. The newly reconceived Director position reports jointly to the Assistant Dean of Research in the FAS Division of Science and to the Vice President for Information Technology & University Chief Information Officer in her capacity as FAS’ chief information officer. The Director will provide leadership in the ongoing development and management of research-computing resources for faculty across all of FAS’ divisions and thus will play an important role in advancing Harvard University’s research mission.

The Director will lead a team of 25 experienced research computing staff and will foster partnerships with PIs, researchers, and students to best support their research and scholarship. The Director will also work closely with Harvard University’s central technology function, other Harvard University research computing teams, and other partners and service providers to keep FAS research computing at the leading edge in a technically and fiscally sustainable way.

The Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership, fiscal stewardship, and operational oversight for FAS Research Computing. The Director is responsible for broadening the use of FAS computing resources by lowering barriers to entry to HPC and performing outreach to a broad range of faculty from multiple academic disciplines across the School. The Director works to create a seamless ecosystem that allows researchers to maximize the use of FAS, HUIT, and other Harvard-operated research computing resources with little friction and with the minimal administrative overhead so as to manage rapidly changing compute, storage, network, and security needs. For the full list of roles and responsibilities of the Director, please view the full position profile here.

Candidates will possess a range of qualifications and competencies, some required, others preferred. To be considered, candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and at least eight years of experience managing large-scale advanced research computing environment; at least seven years of experience managing technical staff; experience managing budgets with multiple funding sources. Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree in science, computer science, and/or engineering; experience managing and protecting restricted data; experience working with faculty or clients in a computational domain; experience using HPC systems as a researcher; and experience developing and delivering tutorials, workshops, and lectures on high-performance computing at the institutional, regional, and national levels.


Harvard University has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position.  Craig Smith, Partner, and Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to

An application should include a resume and cover letter. Harvard University values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seeks a leader who is committed to promoting these values throughout the organization. We encourage candidates to address in their cover letters how they might promote these values as the Deputy Director of Research Computing and to highlight past professional support of initiatives designed to remove barriers and to increase participation by groups historically under-represented in research computing.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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