Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Director, Research IT

Job Number: 56984

Location: Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA, US

Job Description

Position Description

Are you a visionary leader who thrives at the intersection of scientific discovery and cutting-edge technology?
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking Research IT Director to join our prestigious institution. As a key liaison between the scientific research community and our technical teams, you will harness your deep understanding of both disciplines to drive the effective application of information technology in support of groundbreaking research at CSHL. With your expertise in scientific applications, high-performance computing, and data analytics, you will shape our institution’s technology landscape, foster innovation, and build strong partnerships. If you possess a passion for advancing scientific discovery through technological excellence, we invite you to lead the charge in transforming the future of research IT at CSHL.

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, the Director Research IT manages and maintains scientific applications and environments, including standards, administration; coordinates and directs integration and growth of these resources across the laboratory; guides both short and long-term planning of systems and high performance computing (HPC) at CSHL including roadmap development, capacity management, inter-organization partnerships; documentation/orientation/training; and keeps abreast of trends and emerging technologies that may benefit research and applications at CSHL. This leader will build strong internal and external partnerships to improve and modernize technology support for laboratory operations, innovation with automation, AI, and high-performance computing. The Director Research IT is additionally responsible for shaping an institution data and analytics strategy in partnership with scientific leaders, IT teams and administrative department leaders. They contribute to or lead the development of funding sources including grants for additional Research IT support personnel and technologies.
The Director Research IT will possess a blend of business and technical savvy, a big-picture vision with the ability to dive into the weeds, and the drive to make that vision a reality. They must be a passionate advocate for the perspective and interests of the scientific community at CSHL.
Management of Research Computing Operations
Lead and manage IT and research professionals in service delivery and management of Research Computing. Design, implement, integrate, and maintain existing and future laboratory and high-performance computing systems, including cluster computing, research computing storage resources, integrations with instruments, and collaboration technologies. Provide strategic leadership for design, implementation, and management of institution-wide technology initiatives.
Governance, Planning and Delivery
Develop and lead Research IT governance efforts with all levels of the administrative and faculty leadership of CSHL. Lead short- and mid-term planning, including utilization of resources, integrating requirements and input from multiple research groups. Research new solutions, platforms, and configurations. Manage work with vendors. Coordinate implementation details with peer IT Directors. Lead or participate in grant writing efforts to expand research technology and computing resources. Drive adoption and change management planning.
Liaison to Faculty and Laboratory Teams 
Lead the efforts on the development of a network and communications infrastructure for the sharing of both raw and processing data across the institution. Work with Information Technology on high performance networking operations and development, as well as data security requirements and implementations.


Position Requirements

EDUCATION: Master’s in life sciences, quantitative sciences or related fields, PhD preferred.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 10 years of professional IT experience, working hands-on in a complex, research technology environment. Expert knowledge of scientific computing, laboratory workflow technologies and instrumentation, and high-performance computing.   Experience collaborating with scientific researchers and/or academic faculty. Relevant systems administration experience in academic/research computing.   Additional areas of expertise desired: clustered file systems, high-bandwidth networked systems, large-scale archive storage systems. Familiarity with next-generation sequencing computational workflows is desired, along with experience in bioinformatics and computational biology computing. Experience with a hybrid cloud environment (integrating on-premise technology with hosted cloud environment). Experience with writing or assisting in the creation of grant proposals, preferred
SKILLS:  Strong interpersonal communications experience (oral and written) with the ability to be accurate, precise and, whenever possible, succinct in messaging about complex technologies to be solved and/or work to be completed. Scientific / Lab systems, High Performance Computing environments in EC2, Azure, GoogleCloud or on premise.  Distributed, Parallel file systems such as Lustre and GPFS. HPC schedulers such as SLURM or Univa Grid Engine (UGE).

Supplemental Information 

Compensation and Benefits:
Our employees are compensated in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, a range of recognition, wellness programs and access to an affordable and licensed on-site childcare center. Visit our CSHL Benefits site to learn more.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned research and education institution recognized internationally for its excellence in fundamental areas, such as cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics, and quantitative biology. The Laboratory has long been recognized as a place for nurturing young scientists, with post-doctoral researchers being an integral part of the discovery process. The Laboratory offers a warm, collegial, and collaborative work environment in a beautiful location about one hour from New York City.
We strongly recommend to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 however; it is not a requirement for employment.

CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status. VEVRAA Federal Contractor

Application Deadline: 2023-12-01


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