Date Posted: 11/18/2021
Faculty/Division: VP - Research
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
The Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) portfolio supports the University of Toronto as a
top public research university in the world. Our mission is to create the most supportive environment
possible so that our researchers, innovators and learners can do what they do best - advance understanding
and apply new knowledge. Our work supports, fosters and promotes the research and innovation culture and
activities of our faculty, staff and students, along with our partner hospitals, funding sponsors, and partners
in the public and private sector. VPRI provides a full range of services including guidance to faculty, staff
and students on funding opportunities, research agreement negotiation, oversight and accountability services
including research accounting, environmental health and safety, innovation and entrepreneurship, partnerships,
policies and procedures, and institutional awards and honours.
SciNet, within the division of VPRI, is a University of Toronto advanced research computing facility and support
team that operates as part of a national platform providing high performance computing resources for academic
researchers from all disciplines and regions of Canada.
Under direction of the Chief Technical Officer (CTO), the Associate CTO provides leadership for and direction of
the hardware team as well as key aspects of the operation of the SciNet computational facilities and the data
centre. Based on in-depth knowledge and understanding of scientific computing, the Associate CTO is responsible
for developing strategic and tactical plans for SciNet, in collaboration with the CTO and the Academic Director;
for developing procedures and determining resources to reflect client and service needs, projects and priorities.
The Associate CTO leads and manages a team of highly-skilled systems administrators in the provision of
scientific research computing services, develops operational plans and work processes for the unit, including
planning for new systems software and upgrades; developing technical solutions; and for monitoring related
financial resources. The Associate CTO provides input into the design, development and construction of the
facility in liaison with internal and external entities.
PhD in a quantitative scientific discipline related to High Performance Computing (HPC) or equivalent combination
of education and experience.
Eight to 10 (8-10) years’ scientific HPC-related experience, with a broad understanding of the diverse disciplines
requiring SciNet’s services. In-depth knowledge of datacenter services and operation, including mechanical,
electrical, networks, and computational systems. Significant experience and understanding of HPC hardware,
scientific numerical codes, compilers, code optimization and the Linux kernel & OS. Experience with
massively-parallel scientific computing. Demonstrated project management skills. Supervisory/management
experience and financial/budget management experience are preferred.
Superb interpersonal, communication (verbal and written) and effective presentation skills. Problem-resolution
skills with an ability to interface well with a wide-range of people including university administrators, researchers
across all disciplines, technical representatives of other computing consortia and vendors. Ability to handle several
tasks simultaneously using strong time management and organization skills. Ability to learn on the job in a fast-paced
environment. Proven leadership and management skills and demonstrated ability to make quality decisions.
Bilingual capability in both French and English is an asset.
In-depth experience with scientific software and numerical algorithms. Significant experience and understanding
of computer and networking hardware and operating systems; experience with compilers and code optimization
on a variety of computer architectures. Solid knowledge of Fortran, C and C++ under Linux/Unix. Cybersecurity
knowledge is an asset.
Closing Date: 12/06/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Grant - Continuing
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 5 -- Hiring Zone: $105,411 - $122,980 -- Broadband Salary Range: $105,411 - $175,685
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial