University of Texas Dallas
Director, PI Support
Posting Number: S04494P
Position Title: Director, PI Support
Functional Title: Director, Cyber-Infrastructure Researcher Support
Department: Information Technology-Cyber Infrastructure & Research
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Pay Basis: Monthly
Position Status: Regular full-time
Position End Date (if temporary)
Posting Open Date: 10/25/2022
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled: Yes
Desired Start Date: 11/21/2022
The University of Texas at Dallas is a Tier 1, innovative
research university positioned to make a difference around
the globe. UTD is committed to growing student enrollment,
expanding our research portfolio, strengthening ties across
Dallas-Fort Worth, the state and nation, enhancing campus
infrastructure, and hiring dynamic faculty and staff members.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides all
central IT services to the institution. A critical success
factor is having a technically advanced team that provides
cyber-infrastructure services in support of our computational
researchers, and their academic and industry partners.
The Director, Cyber-Infrastructure Researcher Support, is
a key member of the OIT senior leadership team. This position
is responsible for reaching out and helping campus researchers:
* Determine how cyber-infrastructure services can best help
them advance their research.
* Be adequately trained on using cyber-infrastructure services.
* Get maximum value out of the local High Performance
Computing (HPC) cluster farm.
* Leverage HPC services at TACC and other national centers.
* Leverage local and national High Performance Networking
(HPN) research networks.
* Leverage appropriate storage solutions.
* Leverage appropriate data visualization platforms.
* Develop grant proposals.
This leader’s primary focus area is being the principle point
person for UTD researchers needing cyber-infrastructure
services. He/she will report directly to the Senior Director
of Researcher Services, and will lead a team of 2-5 full time
staff, graduate/research assistants and students.
Minimum Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science,
or a related area of study with 5 years minimum in computer
systems administration in higher education and 3 years of
computer networking in higher education.
Preferred Education and Experience
PhD degree in Information Technology, Computer Science,
Engineering or a related area of study; Deep understanding
and proficiency with linux, OpenHPC/Rocks and many open source
and commercial computational software packages. Certification
in Linux System Administration; various networking
certifications; various security certifications.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Direct supervisory responsibility, leadership, and
strategic planning for the Cyber-Infrastructure team.
Interaction with national programs and organizations (e.g.
CARCC, Internet2, ACI-REFs, ACCESS, SCINet, NRP/PRP) focused
on research support and professionalization of
2. Work closely with the University of Texas at Dallas OIT
executive and senior leadership teams to set the strategic
direction in alignment with the university’s mission and goals.
3. Provide advanced computing support to faculty and students
in their computational research by assisting with conceptual
and practical realization of the research goals using local,
regional, cloud, and/or national advanced computational
resources such as TACC, SDSC, NCSA, PSC.
4. Lead development and execution of instructor-led training
focused on advanced computing. May provide trainings and
course curriculum for workforce development. Align education,
outreach, and training programs with national standards and
5. Provide research development by actively pursuing advanced
computing-related funding opportunities, grants and
partnerships. Work with University researchers and
collaborators to understand their computing needs and to
develop solutions and funding strategies, thereby enhancing
the productivity of their research. Further develop national
level grant writing practices within the CI team.
6. Participate in professional development activities (e.g.,
training, conferences, etc.), advance personal knowledge in
computational science, and develop individual research
projects. Present at local, regional, national and potentially
7. Establish a suite of helpful PI support SLAs, and meet
agreements. Optimize usage of the local HPC, HTC, GPU and
specialty clusters. Provide effective HPC data management
8. Lead HPC related science development within the CI team
and campus. Develop MOU’s and lead science efforts with
outreach research partners.
9. Be a strong, strategic, and effective thinker that
evangelizes and enables the OIT vision.
10. Accompany and or represent the Senior Director, CTO or
CIO as necessary with academic offices, campus stakeholders,
industry partners, and vendors at the local, regional and
11. Other duties as needed and assigned.
Visa sponsorship is not available.
Remote work is available FOR TEXAS RESIDENTS- Remote work
environment available and a UT Dallas Remote Work Agreement
is required upon employment. Use of personal computer and
other standard office equipment may be required. Must be
located within the State of Texas.
Special Instructions Summary
1) All employees serve as a representative of the University
and are expected to display respect, civility, professional
courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all
interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the
2) UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation,
gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin,
disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its
programs and activities, including in admission and enrollment.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact
the Director of Institutional Equity at
or the Title IX Coordinator at
or call 972-883-5331.
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