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Research Computing Facilitator, Research Technologies, Hybrid

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


About the Department

The UC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) center offers a readily accessible hybrid CPU/GPU computing cluster, supporting the next generation of computational and data science researchers. With our resources, support, and training, UC researchers advance theoretical knowledge and accelerate time to discovery, generating leading edge impactful research suitable for innovation and commercialization in line with UC's Next Lives Here strategic direction and Digital Futures.

Job Overview

The Office of Research Programs and Initiatives Research Technologies department is seeking a Research Computing Facilitator to join their team. The Research Computing Facilitator advises researchers, faculty, and students in the best use of a broad set of state-of-the-art computational and data analysis systems, tools, and software to enable research productivity and digital acumen. This position will need someone who has technical expertise in Advanced Research Computing, great customer service skills, a team player, self-motivated, able to work as part of a dynamic team, prior experience, and interest in enabling the work of others.

This is a hybrid position (in office and remote work).

Essential Functions

  • Assist researchers in leveraging computational resources, storage, data transfer tools, and networks to accelerate their research efforts. Work directly with researchers to understand aspects of their research workflows that rely on, or could be aided by, current computational methodologies.   
  • Identify researcher needs for training and learning materials in a variety of computational capabilities. Identify and recruit additional users of UC’s evolving facilitation and computing resources. Contribute to the development and implementation of training programs, including instructional contributions to workshops and campus events. Develop user community by creating user forums, student groups and other regularly scheduled opportunities. Provide ongoing support for users.
  • Prototype and communicate specific solutions for implementing and optimizing a user's work, prioritizing the ability of the user to implement these for themselves.
  • Develop a network of internal and external partners to facilitate progress for research projects, including the identification of potential intra- and inter-campus collaborations. Participate in the collection and review of user and system metrics to guide the facilitation of users, assessment and critical analysis of research computing performance and inform improvements to Research Computing and Data services and technologies.
  • Contribute intellectually to the development of novel initiatives, technologies and service solutions that address the evolving needs of the campus and national research community. Contribute to documentation capturing key use cases, computing strategies and solutions for users to learn from.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Six (6) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

  • Two (2) years of research experience in a compute-intensive area, or in computing facilitation.
  • Two (2) years of experience in at least one research domain, such as life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, or the humanities.
  • Basic skills with one or more scripting languages like Unix shell, Python or R. 
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills, with attention to interpersonal relationships and professionalism. 
  • Demonstrated interest and prior experience in enabling the work of others. 

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Master’s degree with three (3) years of experience or PhD with one (1) year experience.
  • At least one (1) year of experience with data analysis, data science and/or application of machine learning methodologies.
  • Experience and demonstrated interest in education, curriculum development, mentoring, consulting, community-building, and/or formal communication activities.
  • Familiarity with campus research computing centers/services.
  • Experience using, compiling or programming MPI-based code.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process

  • A resume and cover letter are required as part of the application process.
  • Attach these documents before submitting your application.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 88804 


Research Computing Facilitator, Research Technologies, Hybrid

Date:  Nov 24, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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