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Montana State University Senior Manager Research Computing & Cyberinfrastructure in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22056

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Adam Edelman



Classification Title Net/Comp Sys Administrator III

Working Title Senior Manager Research Computing & Cyberinfrastructure

Brief Position Overview

Research cyberinfrastructure is focused on addressing the unique needs of the modern research environment. The Lead for Research Cyberinfrastructure will collaborate closely with research faculty across Montana State University; oversee research cyberinfrastructure efforts at MSU , leveraging large-scale data and computational systems; supporting custom software, hardware, and workflows; facilitating engagements between researchers and specialists; and working with administration and community partners to provide sustainable support structures for all aspects of research IT needs. Partners with multiple IT teams, campus-wide research groups, and grant-funded initiatives. Assists with strategic planning and designs research cyberinfrastructure systems.

Position Number 4M0433

Department UIT Systems Administration

Division VP for Information Technology

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $26.820 -$37.548 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Lead for Research Cyberinfrastructure ( RCI ) is responsible for administration and oversight of Montana State University’s Research Cyberinfrastructure environments and efforts.

This position reports to the Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer and collaborates with other IT support divisions across the university. As Research Cyberinfrastructure staff reports to this position, there are some management duties.

Duties and Responsibilities


Lead consultation and facilitation services for faculty and staff across Montana State University.

  • Lead collaborations, grant activities, and partnerships to further MSU’s RCI capabilities in support of the research enterprise

  • Promote awareness and utilization of cyberinfrastructure resources

  • Match researcher needs to available resources

  • Encourage best practices in data stewardship, security, and other industry standards

  • Assist researchers to find existing training resources, and provide novel training as necessary

  • Coordinate with UIT to maximize performance and utilization of research cyberinfrastructure

  • Assist researchers with planning IT aspects of grant-seeking efforts, and coordinate this work with other divisions such as Office of Sponsored Programs

  • Network and collaborate with external partners

  • Manage RCI staff

    Systems Planning and Operation

  • Design and oversee support infrastructure, middleware, and processes to support Montana State University’s research cyberinfrastructure

  • Write technical proposals/reports for possible implementation

  • Utilize creativity and innovation to solve problems raised by cutting-edge research

    Partnership and Collaboration

  • Provide guidance to IT colleagues, interfacing new computational technologies with existing systems, commercial software, and operational policies and procedures.

  • Serve as liaison for both administration and researchers: represent researcher needs for strategic planning and other administrative functions and assist researchers to align with relevant aspects of the University Strategic Plan, policies, and other objectives.

  • Lead collaborations between UIT staff, faculty, and IT staff from other institutions to research and implement new cyberinfrastructure systems.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Combination of education and/or applicable experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other related field and/or experience leading facilitation and research cyberinfrastructure initiatives in an active research environment.

  • Demonstrated success in leveraging cyberinfrastructure in support of researcher goals and programs.

  • Basic fundamentals of modern IT systems, including common automation systems, TCP /IP networking, system troubleshooting, security concepts including firewall and server hardening configurations, familiarity with modern large-scale scientific computing systems.

  • Demonstrated experience planning complex interconnected systems; evaluating costs, risks, and benefits; and writing and interpreting system specifications.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a facilitation role for a wide variety of stakeholders and administration.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Advanced experience in a research cyberinfrastructure support environment.

  • Demonstrated experience with specific technologies common in research such as HPC systems and their management, high-performance networking, workflow management and automation, cloud bursting, large-scale data storage and archive systems, or software compilation or module systems.

  • Demonstrated experience preparing internal or external grants for large infrastructure investments.

  • Demonstrated experience developing mission, vision, and implementation objectives for cyberinfrastructure services.

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership role for cyberinfrastructure, building relationships with other stakeholders and administration.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have the ability to be a forward, creative, positive, and flexible thinker; exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.

  • Work effectively and collaborate with University IT staff in a team-oriented environment.

  • Ability to analyze system components and support options to break down and resolve problems.

  • Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently managing competing technical priorities.

  • Be skilled at communicating technical knowledge verbally and in written form to technical and non-technical personnel.

  • Effectively handle conflicting stakeholder interests and interdisciplinary relationships.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .