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Associate Chief Technical Officer, Hardware and Operations


Date Posted: 11/18/2021
Req ID:20442
Faculty/Division: VP - Research
Department: SciNet
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)



About us:

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.


Essential Qualifications: 



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 
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 5 -- Hiring Zone: $105,411 - $122,980 -- Broadband Salary Range: $105,411 - $175,685
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.