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Senior Computational Scientist

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 193000 - HPC2
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
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Position Function:

As a Senior Computational Scientist you will enable research and instruction requiring advanced cyberinfrastructure by providing direct technical solutions and support, assisting in the adoption of new technologies, and establishing scientific collaborations and partnerships with research groups. You will contribute to the creation and maintenance of advanced cyberinfrastructure training modules. Monitors trends, developments and best practices in advanced cyberinfrastructure for research and instruction in anticipation of changing requirements and opportunities. Additionally, you will provide leadership and oversight to junior computational scientist.

Salary Grade:  17

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges.  

Department Profile:

The High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²), an evolution of the MSU NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Computational Field Simulation, at Mississippi State University is a coalition of member institutes and centers that share a common core objective of advancing the state-of-the-art in computational science and engineering using high performance computing; a common approach to research that embraces a multi-disciplinary, team-oriented concept; and a commitment to a full partnership between education, research, and service. The mission of the HPC² is to serve the University, State, and Nation through excellence in computational science and engineering.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Enables research and instruction requiring advanced cyberinfrastructure by providing direct technical solutions and support, assisting in the adoption of new technologies, and establishing scientific collaborations and partnerships with research groups.
2. Contributes to creation and maintenance of advanced cyberinfrastructure training modules.
3. Monitors trends, developments, and best practices in advanced cyberinfrastructure for research and instruction in anticipation of changing requirements and opportunities.
4. Researches and stays up to date on new industry project management standards, best practices, and approaches.
5. Prepares management reports and summaries for senior administration, executive, steering and advisory committees; acts as advisor to executive committees; serves on various university committees, communities of practice, and task forces related to IT project management.
6. Manages high level assignments and allocation of technical resources, including negotiating and coordinating initiatives that involve staff in other departments/areas/teams; coordinates large-scale IT projects with wide audiences in support of academic initiatives.
7. Provides highest level of operational leadership and coordination of staff members to define IT project management methodologies and standards; provides direction and guidance on high priority IT projects/initiatives.
8. Establishes short-term and long-term operational objectives, including managing project timelines/deliverables and developing resource plans for multi-phase IT projects/initiatives.
9. Works collaboratively with other IT project management leaders across departments in recommending standards, best practices, and related policies/procedures.
10. Other duties as assigned.

This position has supervisory responsibility for small teams and directly supervises, trains, develops and evaluates lower-level computational scientist.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Science or engineering degree in field that uses computational methods.
4 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in an area of study related.
• Experience in an a scientific research area employing computational methods

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to understand and document software business rules and requirements using diagrams, written use cases, and user stories.
• Strong organization skills and the ability to self-direct efforts to complete requirements.
• Ability to use Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Power Point).

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• No unusual physical requirements.
• Requires no heavy lifting, nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
• Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; may involve conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
• Job frequently requires sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.
• Job occasionally requires standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds.
• Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:  http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

We will accept applications only from persons with indefinite employment authorization in the U.S., and will not sponsor for nonimmigrant or immigrant status for this position.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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