Director, Advanced Research Computing Center (ARCC)

University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming 82072
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The University of Wyoming (UW) seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, and highly collaborative leader to serve as the Director of its Advanced Research Computing Center (ARCC). The Director will lead the ARCC staff and work closely with faculty researchers to support the full range of research computing, build on our world-class computing infrastructure, and grow ARCC to include expertise in domains of high strategic interest to the university and the state of Wyoming. The Director will have an appointment under the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), and as appropriate may also have a tenure-track or research faculty appointment with an academic home department. 

 In 2018, ARCC was organizationally reassigned from the UW Information Technology Office to ORED. ARCC supports UW's research and academic community through a broad array of services including high performance computing, data storage and transfer, tutorials, workshops, and application specialists. Shared infrastructure is housed in a high quality, purpose-built campus facility and is complemented by UW's 30% allocation on the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center’s (NWSC) computer and national resources. ARCC is instrumental to UW’s research and academic mission, including UW’s Engineering Initiative, Science Initiative, Data Science Center, NIH’s INBRE Bioinformatics Core, and other unaffiliated researchers involved in computational analysis. While the primary aim of this position is one of promoting research services growth and impact, a desired outcome is that, through external funding and other mechanisms, the ARCC strengthens its place as an essential partner in facilitating and supporting multidisciplinary discoveries and innovation through advanced computation, software engineering, data analysis, and other digital research tools. This is to support a new vision of having computing and data science deeply inform curricula across the campus. The preferred candidate will have supported undergraduate and graduate students in collaboration with faculty from different disciplines. 

 The preferred candidate will be an energetic, creative, and collaborative leader, capable of optimizing the operations of a core research computing center and recruiting a team over the long run with research interests and inventive outlooks that serve the strategic interests of the campus. This leader and their growing team will recognize and act upon the power and potential of being on a campus with exceptional research computing capacity, and with extraordinary resources available to it through the university’s partnership with the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer Center (NWSC) - an organization receiving both federal and state support and home of one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.  

 The preferred candidate will have experience working across a number of different computational paradigms, such as traditional simulation and modeling, data science, and artificial intelligence, and their application to multiple research domains, including academic and industrial areas. Ideally, the preferred candidate will also have experience working with vendors and research collaborations who innovate in development of specialized hardware and software supporting these types of computations, such as supercomputers, GPUs, FPGAs, hardware for advanced data storage and services, and software environments required for their effective use, etc.  

 The successful candidate will join UW at an exciting time for research computing at UW. UW’s president, Ed Seidel, joined UW on July 1, 2020. His background includes being the former director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. With a strong conviction that compute-intensive data science must be at the core of education in all manner of disciplines across the campus, his vision includes a dramatically strengthened role for ARCC in UW’s educational and research life, and a growth of the overall computational ecosystem of the university. The Director, with support from the vice president for research and economic development, will play a critical role in this transformation. 




The Director will serve the key leadership role of nurturing the continued development of all aspects of UW’s research computing. In collaboration with faculty researchers, the Director will develop and refine plans to extend and grow ARCC by ensuring its responsiveness to research needs across the University and growing its role in catalyzing new research opportunities. The Director will foster support for research computing through support from grants, partnerships, gifts, and other funding sources. This includes working closely with researchers to pursue funding opportunities and partnerships related to infrastructure and academic training, as well as research grants requiring high computing intensity and application support and grants that provide advanced computing infrastructure for research purposes. 


The Director will oversee the ARCC team, which is currently responsible for user, application, and systems support for UW researchers. The Director will also facilitate communication regarding research computing with other UW units, including Information Technology’s security, infrastructure, and campus data science groups. In addition to engaging with the UW community, the Director will maintain and develop relevant connections outside UW.  This includes relationships and partnerships with regional and national research computing entities; colleagues at academic, government, and private institutions; service providers; vendors; industry partners across multiple market sectors, and potential donors. 

While primarily a service leadership position, the preferred candidate will be encouraged to pursue computing-based research of their own academic interest.



 Education: PhD or equivalent degree in computational science, engineering, or other discipline that involved significant scientific computing.

 Experience: At least 5 years of first-hand experience in conducting science, engineering, or other research that relied heavily on computing. At least 3 years of experience involving project management, collaboration, and team leadership. 


  • Demonstrated evidence of deep knowledge and expertise in at least one area of research computing.
  • Demonstrated ability to capture research grant funding. 
  • Evidence of excellent writing skills through authorship of published research papers or widely read publications in other media. 
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Ability to develop and present a programmatic vision and assessments to UW administration and others. 


  • Demonstrated evidence of deep knowledge and expertise in at least two or more areas of research computing, such as simulation and  modeling, data science, artificial intelligence, and their applications to scientific, engineering, or other university scholarship (e.g., arts, humanities and social sciences).
  • Experience in research computing, leadership, or teaching in higher education.
  • Demonstrated success in securing competitive funding to support research, computing, or other academic activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and work with industry partners, both vendors who develop advanced computing hardware, and companies who seek to use advanced computing algorithms and/or hardware to advance their business.
  • Evidence of successful collaboration through joint proposals, co-authored publications, or teaching activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategies to foster and manage excellent teams. 
  • Familiarity with, and involvement in, academic high-performance computing (e.g. XSEDE, NSF Big Data Hub, Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium) or computational science initiatives (e.g., SIGCSE, The Carpentries).


 Complete online application and upload the following as one document: a curriculum vitae, with contact information for four work-related references, and a cover letter that addresses the role of research computing within a research-intensive institution and how your experience matches the minimum and preferred qualifications listed in this advertisement.

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