Research IT Architect/Analys

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-02-02

Employer: University of California, Berkeley

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The Research IT unit is hiring an IT Architect to fill two related roles in our service portfolio: Architect/Analyst in the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) program, focusing on virtual workstation support, and Architect/Analyst for the Research Data Management (RDM) service. This is a contract position in a dynamic group supporting research across the campus. 

The Berkeley Research Computing program provides computing solutions and consulting to faculty across the campus, ranging from traditional high performance computing to cloud computing and virtualized workstations. The Architect/Analyst is responsible to lead the research and design of virtualized computing services that will support the current and emerging needs across a wide range of campus disciplines for scalable research computation and data management. This includes needs analysis, current practices among faculty researchers, emerging models for computation, and business analysis of public, private, and virtual private models for virtualized computing models, including container-based computing. The Architect/Analyst will work with Research IT staff, other service providers within IST, departmental IT staff, and specialists in research computing (e.g., in the College of Engineering and associated research labs), to determine best approaches to meet identified needs. This [may]{.Object} include building prototypes, templates, and/or documentation of the services. The Virtual Workstation Service is currently in definition, and will be one of several research computing services; the Architect/Analyst will work closely with peer architects in Research IT to ensure that the services mesh together into a coherent portfolio for the campus.

The Research Data Management Program is a multi-year effort to provide Berkeley researchers with access to a rich toolset supporting data management through its full lifecycle, from planning through archiving and data sharing. A cross-campus community of consultants and service providers will catalog and coordinate support and documentation for current and emerging data management challenges; compliance with policy requirements; and improved stewardship of research data. The Architect/Analyst will provide technical leadership for the service definition and implementation. This includes working with researchers to determine specific needs, working with key partners on campus (e.g., the Library, and IST) to identify existing solutions and gaps. The Architect/Analyst will work closely with other RDM staff, and with the broader Research IT team, to ensure that RDM services align well to the full service portfolio.  

The IT Architect will also contribute to strategic analysis and documentation of emerging needs in other Research IT service areas, including needs analysis, review of service offerings at peer institutions, etc.

• Advanced knowledge of research computing, research data management, and data analysis workflows.

• Expert knowledge of data storage, processing, analysis, and visualization technologies and how they are used in research and/or academic endeavors at a large, top-tier research university.

• In-depth knowledge of virtual machine image management tools and techniques.

• Expertise relating to the design and development of research applications and research portals across a University organization.

• Knowledge of network protocols and how they are used on a large (campus-wide or beyond) network.

• Strong interpersonal skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel (especially faculty and graduate student researchers) at various levels in the organization.

• Experience with the challenges of research IT across a range of domains, including Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Geography (Climate Research), Computer Science, Social Sciences, and the Humanities.

• Ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner.

• Ability to translate research needs into long-term architecture solutions.

• Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Archived on: 2015-02-02