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Position: Director of the UCL Centre for Advanced Research Computing
Institution: University College London
Department: Information Services Division - Centre for Advanced Research Computing (ARC)
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: Part of UCLs vision is to take on the hardest global challenges; As part of the universitys ambitions to enhance and improve their already world leading-leading research capabilities, a founding Director of Advanced Research Computing is required to ensure that the vision, strategy and approach to research technology is progressive, evolving and valued by the universitys research community; To be successful in this position, you will be an experienced senior leader with skills gained in large scale research environments. You will be experienced in the development and leadership of teams aligned to world class research technology, and be an engaging and inspiring leader. You will be curious about the High Education sector and attracted to its purpose. Expert in stakeholder engagement and partnering in a large scale and complex organisational structure, your track record will be to have delivered exceptional results by working with others, and to have developed your team for enduring success; ARC will be a professional services organisation with a strong academic remit. Its goal will be to support research excellence in UCL by delivery of world-class research IT and thus help UCL address some of the most complex and important global challenges. Specifically, ARC will provide a research platform comprising infrastructure, software/tools and data management support as well as training for Researchers to develop custom software and tools; By working closely with UCL researchers ARC will help co-create innovative leading-edge solutions to help them accelerate and differentiate their research; ARC provides information and technology-related services and solutions to over 50, 000 staff and students of UCL and associated institutions; The purpose of the Director of ARC role is to: Create and lead a world-class academic research computing facility, building on UCLs established excellence in this domain; Work closely with the ARC Steering Group, UCL Faculties, the Information Systems Division leadership team, and the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) to create a strategy and multi-year vision to deliver world-leading research computing at UCL; Lead on supporting UCL PIs in IT-intensive research grant applications and lead on e-Infrastructure awards directly for ARC itself; Further develop and maintain strong working relationships with specific stakeholders, including the UCL CIO, the Head of Computer Science and the chairs of RIISG and of its sub-groups. This is key to ensure alignment across the relevant UCL communities; Work proactively with UCL Principal Investigators (PIs) to co-create innovative and leading-edge solutions which accurately reflect UCLs research; Working with academic colleagues, facilitate and support research collaboration between staff at UCL, and between UCL and other national and international institutions; Seek out, develop and maintain strategic partnerships with other research institutions, vendors and other organisations to further enhance and develop UCLs ARC services and/or bring additional benefits to UCL; Identify and develop potential sources of new or external income that may bring benefits to UCL and its researchers in the context of UCLs ARC portfolio of services and activities. This specifically includes working with UCL Advancement on philanthropic funding
Requirements: You will need to be an effective and experienced leader and manager of the department with excellent stakeholder engagement skills in order to develop strong relationships with leaders within and external to UCL; You will be responsible for the development and delivery of a clear vision and strategy for the future of ARC at UCL and for delivering high performing, robust and reliable ARC operational services and lead change programmes that add further value to the organisation; Ensure that the capacity of ARC services constantly meet the changing needs of the university and understand the needs and critical success factors for research at UCL; Strong financial management experience is critical as is effective vendor selection and management
   
Text: Director of the UCL Centre for Advanced Research Computing, - Ref:1874326 Click here to go back to search results UCL Department / Division Information Services Division Specific unit / Sub department Centre for Advanced Research Computing (ARC) Location of position London Grade 10 Hours Full Time Salary (inclusive of London allowance) Competitive Duties and Responsibilities UCL is a world-leading teaching and research university, ranked in the top ten in the world. As a community of 12,500 researchers and 47,000 students it has an annual turnover of over £1.5 billion. Part of UCLs vision is to take on the hardest global challenges. As part of the universitys ambitions to enhance and improve their already world leading-leading research capabilities, a founding Director of Advanced Research Computing is required to ensure that the vision, strategy and approach to research technology is progressive, evolving and valued by the universitys research community. To be successful in this position, you will be an experienced senior leader with skills gained in large scale research environments. You will be experienced in the development and leadership of teams aligned to world class research technology, and be an engaging and inspiring leader. You will be curious about the High Education sector and attracted to its purpose. Expert in stakeholder engagement and partnering in a large scale and complex organisational structure, your track record will be to have delivered exceptional results by working with others, and to have developed your team for enduring success. ARC will be a professional services organisation with a strong academic remit. Its goal will be to support research excellence in UCL by delivery of world-class research IT and thus help UCL address some of the most complex and important global challenges. Specifically, ARC will provide a research platform comprising infrastructure, software/tools and data management support as well as training for Researchers to develop custom software and tools. By working closely with UCL researchers ARC will help co-create innovative leading-edge solutions to help them accelerate and differentiate their research. ARC provides information and technology-related services and solutions to over 50,000 staff and students of UCL and associated institutions. The purpose of the Director of ARC role is to: Create and lead a world-class academic research computing facility, building on UCLs established excellence in this domain. Work closely with the ARC Steering Group, UCL Faculties, the Information Systems Division leadership team, and the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) to create a strategy and multi-year vision to deliver world-leading research computing at UCL. Lead on supporting UCL PIs in IT-intensive research grant applications and lead on e-Infrastructure awards directly for ARC itself. Further develop and maintain strong working relationships with specific stakeholders, including the UCL CIO, the Head of Computer Science and the chairs of RIISG and of its sub-groups. This is key to ensure alignment across the relevant UCL communities. Work proactively with UCL Principal Investigators (PIs) to co-create innovative and leading-edge solutions which accurately reflect UCLs research. Working with academic colleagues, facilitate and support research collaboration between staff at UCL, and between UCL and other national and international institutions. Seek out, develop and maintain strategic partnerships with other research institutions, vendors and other organisations to further enhance and develop UCLs ARC services and/or bring additional benefits to UCL. Identify and develop potential sources of new or external income that may bring benefits to UCL and its researchers in the context of UCLs ARC portfolio of services and activities. This specifically includes working with UCL Advancement on philanthropic funding. Key Requirements You will need to be an effective and experienced leader and manager of the department with excellent stakeholder engagement skills in order to develop strong relationships with leaders within and external to UCL. You will be responsible for the development and delivery of a clear vision and strategy for the future of ARC at UCL and for delivering high performing, robust and reliable ARC operational services and lead change programmes that add further value to the organisation. Ensure that the capacity of ARC services constantly meet the changing needs of the university and understand the needs and critical success factors for research at UCL. Strong financial management experience is critical as is effective vendor selection and management. This is a rare opportunity for the right person to join an already world-leading research centred establishment and help them to achieve an even greater reputational standing through the supply of exceptional advanced computing capability and services. We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level. Harvey Nash are retained as exclusive partners for the recruitment of this position. Please see https://microsites.harveynash.com/ucl/ for details of how to apply. Further Details Harvey Nash are retained as exclusive partners for the recruitment of this position. Please see https://microsites.harveynash.com/ucl/ for details of how to apply. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or application process, please contact: ISD HR Administration Team at isd-hradmin@ucl.ac.uk Further information about working in ISD can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/about-isd/working-isd The UCL Ways of Working for professional services supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work, to find out more, please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/ways-of-working We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level. Closing Date 29 Jan 2021 Latest time for the submission of applications 23.59 Interview date TBC JD and person specification
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