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Jeffrey Kantor <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 15 Dec 2008 19:24:55 -0500
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We are seeking outstanding candidates for the position as Director of
the Center for Research Computing at Notre Dame.  This is a highly
visible position with responsibility for developing computational
infrastructure in support of the research mission of the University.
Inquiries can be directed to Jeffrey Kantor, Dept. of Chemical &
Biomolecular Engineering, Notre Dame ([log in to unmask]).  Additional
information regarding the center can be found at



Director, Center for Research Computing (Professional Specialist
Faculty Position)

The Director, Center for Research Computing (CRC) will lead the
preparation, promotion and execution of a roadmap for computational
technologies in support of advancing research initiatives from all
Colleges of the University of Notre Dame and will also play a role in
shaping Notre Dame's role in the Northwest Indiana Computational Grid
Initiative, a federally supported effort at establishing a world-class
grid computing environment among several Midwest campuses.

The mission of the CRC is to provide the following benefits to the University:
1. Enhance the University research agenda.
2. Enable collaborations across disciplines.
3. Provide professional, efficient system administration, user
support, and training.
4. Supply resources for computational hardware, software, and data storage.
5. Leverage University investment by seeking additional outside funds
through facilitating the grant writing of individuals or groups of

To achieve these outcomes the Director: hires and manages the CRC
professional staff, budget and all administrative and operational
functions; works with the Office of Information Technologies to form a
consistent IT infrastructure to support the computational needs of the
CRC; oversees major IT infrastructure projects that directly support
the CRC; represents the CRC before core constituencies; develops a
sustainable funding model for the CRC; develops best practices of
operation; develops contacts with appropriate funding agencies; and
serves as ex-officio member of the University Council on Academic

The Director reports to the Vice President for Research and will also
be expected to cooperate closely with the Associate Vice
President/Chief Information Officer of the University. Annual reviews
of the Director will be conducted jointly by the Vice President for
Research and the Chief Information Officer.


The Director will be nationally recognized with a strong background in
high performance computing. The Director will have demonstrated
leadership and research accomplishments, the ability to work in a
multi-disciplinary research environment, and exert leadership in
developing a broad portfolio of research beyond personal interests
including center and program project grants. The Director will be a
catalyst in assembling teams of distinguished researchers as well as
motivate a wide range of scholars to join in building the Center. The
Director should hold an earned doctorate in a scientific, engineering
or technical discipline and have actively engaged in research that
utilizes advanced computation.


The University of Notre Dame (, founded in 1842 by a priest
of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national
Catholic university located at Notre Dame, Indiana, adjacent to the
city of South Bend and approximately 90 miles southeast of Chicago.
Notre Dame is rated among the nation's top 25 institutions of higher
learning in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton
Review, Time, Kiplinger's and Kaplan/Newsweek. The University's
endowment, currently in excess of $6 billion, ranks in the top 15
among all American colleges and universities. In addition, Notre Dame
is among a small number of Universities that enjoy an Aaa bond rating.

Notre Dame ranks as one of the nation's most selective universities,
joining Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Dartmouth, Brown, MIT and
Rice as the only schools that admit fewer than half of their
first-year applicants and enroll more than half of those who are
admitted. Sixty-five percent of incoming first-year students were in
the top 5 percent of their high school graduating classes.

The University offers a wide range of cultural events hosted in the
new, state-of-the-art Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing
Arts ( and the venerable Snite Art Museum
( Notre Dame's athletic programs are world
renowned and consistently place in the top 10 annually for the
prestigious Director's Cup for overall athletic performance, while
maintaining one of the nation's highest graduation rates for

 With 1,250 acres containing two lakes and 136 buildings, Notre Dame
is well known for the quality of its physical plant and the beauty of
its campus. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the 14-story Hesburgh
Library with its 132-feet-high mural depicting Christ the Teacher, and
the University's newly renovated 124-year-old Main Building with its
famed Golden Dome are among the most widely known university landmarks
in the world.


The Michiana area has many amenities, woodlands and lakes, and enjoys
a four-season climate. Few locations in the Midwest offer such ideal
conditions for work, study and recreation. The greater South Bend and
Mishawaka area offers an abundance of diverse cultural events,
museums, movie theaters, shopping malls, coffee houses and parks.
South Bend has its own symphony orchestra and a minor league baseball
team, the Silver Hawks. There are great restaurants, the College
Football Hall of Fame, and the East Race Waterway, just to name a few
attractions. Chicago is a two hour drive to the west and Indianapolis
is three hours to the south.


The search is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.
Interested candidates should visit for a
detailed position description including procedures for nominations and
applications. Applications received before January 20, 2009, will
receive full consideration.