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  • May 31, 2024
  • Deputy Scientific Director

    Deputy Scientific Director – Mellon College of Science – Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

    The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a joint research center of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, was established in 1986, and for over 35 years has provided university, government and industrial researchers with access to several of the most powerful systems for sophisticated computational research, communications and data storage available to scientists, engineers and scholars nationwide for unclassified research. PSC advances science across a wide spectrum of fields including artificial intelligence / machine learning, medical imaging, weather modeling, cell biology, and genomics.

    PSC seeks a highly motivated, innovative, and hardworking individual with deep technical expertise to assist the Scientific Director in advising and executing the scientific vision of the center. PSC’s recent successes have made it vital to establish this new key leadership position at the center to enhance the success of our many exciting projects, take advantage of the opportunities generated by those projects, and build on those successes to develop new strategic opportunities for growth.

    This is an exciting opportunity to lead at the cutting edge of high-performance computational and data science. Current major projects include leading the infrastructure and engagement for major NIH data initiatives (HuBMAP: hubmapconsortium.org, SenNet: sennetconsortium.org, BIL: brainimagelibrary.org); national NSF research computing infrastructure and support (Bridges-2: psc.edu/resources/bridges-2, ACCESS: access-ci.org, NAIRR: nsf.gov/cise/national-ai.jsp); innovative artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) infrastructure (Neocortex: cmu.edu/psc/aibd/neocortex); and unique special-purpose supercomputers in collaboration with industry partners (Anton 2: psc.edu/resources/anton-2).

    Core responsibilities will include:
    Helping set the strategic scientific direction of the PSC in collaboration with the senior management team.
    Assisting the Scientific Director in managing and executing scientific research projects.
    Leading grant writing activities to obtain diverse funding, especially large multi-institutional infrastructure and team science projects.
    Assuring that opportunities for grant funding are maintained and that new opportunities are identified, examined and executed.
    Working with the Scientific Director to represent PSC externally and build strategic collaborative relationships with academic, government, and industrial scientific communities.
    Assuring that results are disseminated through peer-reviewed publication and conference presentations.

    Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within PSC. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to optimally interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

    You should demonstrate:
    Strong leadership track record.
    Ability to find creative and innovative solutions to challenging problems.
    Ability to effectively manage external partnerships.
    Ability to work optimally both independently and collaboratively.
    Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with frequent interruptions.
    Ability to maintain composure when dealing with difficult situations and/or individuals.
    Close attention to detail.
    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    Qualifications:
    Master’s or PhD degree required, with preferred education/experience in Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biomedical Engineering, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Data Science, AI/ML, or related fields.
    8+ years experience in high performance research computing, data analytics, and cyberinfrastructure.
    Successful leadership and management of large and complex projects.
    Demonstrated ability to acquire and maintain substantial funding from diverse sources.
    Clear understanding of the landscape of heterogeneous academic and commercial on-premises and cloud computing platforms.

    More Information:
    This position is operating on a hybrid schedule, with an on-campus/in office presence 3 days a week.

    Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of outstanding benefits, available to all full-time Carnegie Mellon University employees. Experience the full spectrum of advantages, from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to enticing retirement savings programs. Unlock your potential with tuition benefits, and take well-deserved breaks with generous paid time off and holidays. Rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance. For a comprehensive overview of the benefits awaiting you, explore: https://www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance.

    At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role & responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique key skills and the diverse perspectives you bring. Our dedication to fostering an inclusive work environment means we also account for geographic differentials. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it’s about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

    Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?! Apply today!

    Nomination and Application Procedures:

    Interested candidates are invited to apply with a cover letter, resume, and through the CMU Workday application portal.

    Contact: Ferra Executive Search has been retained to manage the search. If you have any inquiries or nominations, please send an email to:

    Kevin Ferra, Founding Partner
    Ferra Executive Search
    kevin@ferrasearch.com

    Please use ‘Deputy Scientific Director’ as the subject line when you contact Kevin