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Scientific Consultant



Open Date 04/10/2017
Requisition Number PRN13959B
Job Title Scientific Consultant
Working Title
Job Grade UGR
FLSA Code Computer Employee
Patient Care Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary

M-F 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

VP Area President
Department 00640 - Ctr for High Perform Computing
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range $60,000 - $80,000 commensurate with experience
Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Job Summary

Work with the technical and user support staff at the Center for High Performance Computing—the research computing arm of University IT—to facilitate and support computational and data research at the University of Utah. Assist researchers with the development of repeatable and generalizable workflows with a focus on data management, analytics, security, privacy and dissemination. Experience with data movement, management and analytics from a research or library perspective is highly desired, as is demonstrated expertise in genomics, big data, Globus, software and workflow development, virtualization, and/or machine learning.

The Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) at the University of Utah provides advanced scientific computing services to a broad set of leading-edge, computationally-oriented faculty, research staff, and graduate students in a number of research disciplines on campus. The CHPC team includes a diverse set of systems and network experts, scientific programming consultants, and user services leads. CHPC operates a number of computational clusters and storage arrays and leverages the University’s new, state-of-the-art Downtown Data Center. Networking technologies in use include the Internet Protocol (both IPv4 and v6), FiberChannel, and Infiniband.

Located in Salt Lake City, in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the flagship institution of the State of Utah’s system of higher education and a member of the PAC-12 Conference. Salt Lake City combines the amenities of a major metropolitan area of more than one million people with the friendliness and ease of living of a small, Western city. Seven major ski resorts are within an hour’s drive from campus, and opportunities to pursue activities from biking to hiking to fishing abound. Salt Lake is also home to the Utah Symphony and Opera, the Utah Ballet, several professional sports teams, and a wide range of other cultural and recreational activities.

University Information Technology, the central IT service provider for campus, reports to the Chief Information Officer and is responsible for many of the University of Utah’s most critical common IT resources including the campus network; the Campus Information Services (CIS) portal; UMail, telephone, and online collaboration services; high performance and research computing; information security; teaching and learning technologies; software licensing; and a host of other systems and applications. For more information about UIT visit


• Provide user support in a technical and diverse environment.
• Contribute to the overall research capabilities of the center & institution.
• Consult with user base to develop and/or optimize workflows.
• Consult with user base to manage data needs in a secure manner.
• Install and potentially develop software applications.
• Provide training to user base.
• Create and maintain documentation both for user base and internal to the department.
• Attend departmental & institutional meetings as needed.
• Attend conferences and participate, contribute and/or present as appropriate.
• Network with peer institutes and form collaborative relationships.
• Demonstrate ability to be a flexible, organized, thoughtful, and proactive team player who can work with minimal guidance as well as strong abilities in communication and in customer service.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires an advanced degree in a science field, with experience in performing computational research. Preference given to candidates with backgrounds that include big data analytics, management and movement, genomics, machine learning, virtualization, and/or workflow and software development.

Department Specific Requirements:
*Experience with computational research using a heterogeneous computing environment for a very diverse multidisciplinary academic environment.
*Experience working in a Unix/Linux Environment.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


*Must be comfortable working in a team environment supporting technologies critical to the research mission of the University.
*Must have an aptitude and a desire for proactive, customer-focused support of research and innovation.
*Must have a thoughtful, collaborative approach with end users, staff colleagues, and other IT professionals on campus.
*Must possess excellent communication and organizational skills as well the ability to work under minimal supervision in a flexible, team-oriented environment.
*Ability to provide technical support, trouble shoot problems, install software, and provide solutions in support of the CHPC user community.
*A commitment to provide excellent customer service.
*Ability to work in a team environment.
*Experience with computation research in genomics, machine learning and/or data management, analytics, and movement.
*Familiarity with data security, privacy and compliance preferred.
*Ability to develop recommendations to meet researcher’s computational workflow needs.
*Ability to maintain a culture of openness, trust, and transparency while ensuring a safe, secure, and protected environment for our customers.
Additional Comments
*Needs knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field.
*Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
*Performs a variety of tasks and projects.
*Works under general supervision, typically reports to a project leader or manager.
*A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  3. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission