OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER)
OU Information Technology
The University of Oklahoma
Research Computing Facilitator - 230676
Job Description - Research Computing Facilitator (230676)
Research Computing Facilitator - Job Number: 230676
Organization: Information Technology
Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus
Work Schedule: Normal hours are M-F 8:00-5:00
Salary Range: Targeted salary $55,000-$72,500 depending on
Benefits Provided: Yes
Required Attachments: Resume
OU Information Technology (IT) is looking for a technical
professional who has a passion for the higher education
environment and wants to grow their technical career.
This is a remarkable opportunity to be a part of a service
organization that directly impacts the work of researchers
and educators at the University of Oklahoma.
The job function of a Research Computing Facilitator within
the OU Supercomputing Center for Education and Research
(OSCER), a division of OU IT, is to work with a diverse range
of faculty, staff, and students, primarily but not exclusively
in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
disciplines, helping them to make the best possible use of
OU's research computing systems and services.
This person will work with researchers, educators and other
team members both (a) to identify and resolve technical
obstacles to the work of OU's computing-intensive and
data-intensive research and education community, and
(b) to facilitate the expansion of the ambition and impact
of these stakeholders and their activities.
The Research Computing Facilitator will work with OU faculty,
students, and staff to identify and understand research and
education activities that can benefit from research
cyber infrastructure, not only at OU but also at other
institutions, for example at national supercomputing centers.
The Research Computing Facilitator will engage users to help
develop and optimize workflows that effectively and efficiently
use these resources.
The Research Computing Facilitator will also educate and
train users regarding both longstanding and new systems and
services, based on extant and emerging researcher needs and
user experiences, working proactively to identify and develop
the research cyber infrastructure user community and to
broaden engagement across OU.
The position will also involve exploring new opportunities/
use cases and partnerships, assisting in grant proposal
development, and presenting papers, talks, posters and
similar content at local, regional and national meetings.
The ideal candidate for this position is curious, creative,
tenacious, self-directed, and demonstrates a strong work
ethic; is productive working independently as well as
collaboratively; is analytical and able to identify, define,
interpret, and resolve both technical and human issues.
*Remote work options would be considered for this position*
Required Education: Bachelor Degree, AND:
* 18 months of experience with high performance computing (HPC)
Equivalence/Substitution: Will accept 48 months related
experience in lieu of the Bachelor's degree for a total of
66 months related experience.
* Detail oriented for accuracy of data and information
* Able to communicate well and build rapport quickly with
students, faculty and staff
* Understanding of multi-user computing systems, environments
* Basic understanding of large-scale computing concepts,
such as operating systems (especially Unix-like operating
systems, including but not limited to Linux), interconnection
networks, file systems, compilers, schedulers, and
STEM research application software.
* Ability to cultivate functional working relationships with
faculty, researchers, students, staff, IT professionals, and
other stakeholders, and to work constructively with those
stakeholders to solve technical and research problems.
* Ability to think creatively and innovatively about technical
and/or nontechnical challenges and adapt to rapidly changing
technology and requirements.
* Ability to locate and utilize technical documentation and
other resources related to technical challenges.
* Ability to organize investigations into technical and/or
nontechnical problems, collect information, and draw
* Scripting and programming skills.
* Ability to support applications running in the cloud or on
a massively parallel cluster architecture.
* Ability to deal effectively with stressful situations,
critical deadlines, and a user base with high service level
expectations and a wide range of computer knowledge and
Advertised Physical Requirements:
* Ability to engage in repetitive motion and communicate
effectively. Sit for prolonged periods.
* Standard office environment.
* Experience and proficiency with high performance computing
or similar area of study
* Experience and proficiency with using one or more Unix-like
operating systems, for example Linux
* Experience with research and/or practice in one or more
* Experience with GPU computing (for machine learning and/or
for traditional floating point calculations)
Supervision: No Supervisory Duties
Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate
for this position, you will be subject to The University of
Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy. To view
the policy, visit
Diversity Statement: The University of Oklahoma is committed to
achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university
community by recognizing each person's unique contributions,
background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma
strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional
support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive
environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and
inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of
Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state
laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race,
color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic
information, gender identity, gender expression, age,
religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as
a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.
This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment,
financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or
activities, and health care services that the University
operates or provides.
Hiring contingent upon a Background Check?- Yes
Special Indications: None
Job Posting: Mar 16, 2023
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