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Embedded Research Computing Specialist

Columbia University Information Technology

Embedded Research Computing Specialist

  • 532974
  • Manhattanville
  • Columbia University Information Technology
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Dec 23 2022
  • Grade 12
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $75,000 - $100,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Research Computing Services (RCS); the Embedded Research Computing Specialist oversees the Embedded Research Computing Support team and participates in the design, development, implementation, and operations of Columbia’s portfolio of Research Computing Services. The position collaborates with other CUIT technical teams and Columbia researchers to support research computing resources ensuring user requirements are met and planning ongoing improvements and modifications to these systems and services


  • Oversees the Embedded Research Computing Support team of Research Engineers across CU departments/schools.
  • Supports and collaborates with researchers, embedded support personnel, and key central IT personnel (e.g. systems, operations, and security).
  • Participates in and coordinates performance management, goals setting and performance reviews.
  • Takes a primary role in the planning and design of research computing services.
  • Investigates new and emerging technologies, evaluating usefulness to Columbia researchers and making recommendations for future services.
  • Interacts with Columbia researchers on various topics, including (but not limited to) the use of existing services, service policies, and research requirements.
  • Resolves incidents and service requests. 
  • Coordinates the units of RCS to increase the visibility of our respective services, and effectively collaborate and partner with other CU departments/schools and peer institutions.
  • Represents RCS at campus events with a focus on research cyberinfrastructure
  • Defines, monitors and reports performance metrics to ensure effective and efficient use of RC services. 
  • Regularly contributes to best practices documentation and knowledge transfer.
  • Help build curriculum and lead training workshops for researchers on the use of RC resources.
  • Assists with marketing RC programs and initiatives.
  • Mentors and supervises student employees as necessary. 
  • Interacts with vendors, assessing products and making purchasing recommendations.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent required.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ related experience.
  • 3+ years Linux/Unix experience.
  • Knowledge of server operating systems, networking, and system and networking security.
  • Understanding of scripting languages.
  • Strong organization and time management skills to manage multiple tasks/projects, at once. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including teamwork/collaboration, analytical thinking, communication and influencing skills, and technical expertise.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to work with changing priorities and with multiple projects. 
  • Ability to be precise and attentive to detail is essential.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work weekend and off-hour work on occasion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Computer Security, Information Systems, or related field preferred.
  • Familiarity with GCP/AWS and other cloud services.
  • Familiarity with other HPC technologies (such as Infiniband, or GPU).
  • Knowledge of technology, applications and interfaces designed to support research.

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