Architect of High Performance Computing

Location: San Francisco, California
Job Title: Architect of High Performance Computing
Location: San Francisco
Position:  Direct Hire 

Having wide-ranging experience, the Architect of High Performance Computing (Architect of HPC) applies Information Technology (IT) architecture concepts to resolve the most complex issues with campus / medical center / OP-wide, institution-wide and / or multi-institutional impact. Has responsibility for the stewardship of the campus / medical center / OP overall IT architecture and / or is recognized as the campus / medical center / OP top expert in one or more technology areas of high criticality to a large scale enterprise architecture. Works on most complex issues with little or no campus / medical center / OP precedent where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.

There are significant State and Federal regulations in place for research, clinical trials, and the information used in the research process. The Architect of HPC must be fully aware of these laws and be accountable, such that the HPC environments comply with relevant Federal and State regulations.

The Architect of HPC will be responsible for:
  • Developing a deep understanding of the needs of faculty with regard use of technology for enabling successful research
  • Supporting faculty PI’s in specifying systems in support of their grant proposals. This may include a requirement to write related sections of the proposal
  • Staying up to date with the latest offerings from both hardware and cloud service vendors, including new architectures, such as parallel computing, SSD’s and GPU's
  • Assessing currently available landscape of research computing systems/services against faculty need; and facilitating greater use of existing services, as well as creating new services as needed
  • Being the key technical subject matter expert in developing business models / recharges in support of the shared HPC system and services
  • Reporting to the HPC/Research governance committee on all technical and operational aspects of the shared environments
  •  Developing (in coordination with Enterprise Information Security) and monitoring security policies associated with the HPC and Science DMZ networks
  • Selecting, deploying and supporting systems in UCSF’s data centers in the SF geography; or overseeing those functions in the case of remote deployments
  • Providing training and guidance for how faculty, researchers and students can best use available HPC services
  •  Go-to point person for cloud based systems in various configurations offered by the vendor (typically AWS, but could include Azure and Google offerings), including regular optimization for performance and costs
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, CIS/MIS or equivalent degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • 10 + years of related work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • AWS Certification, e.g. AWS Solutions Architect Associate
  • Five or more years of work experience designing, deploying and administering HPC environments
  • Expertise with high-performance computer clusters and sequencing cores
  • Working knowledge of HPC schedulers and distributed/parallel file systems and underlying IT systems
  •  Experience with cloud based solutions - such as Amazon RDS/AWS’s, Microsoft Azure
  • Understanding of best practices around advanced cloud-based solutions, and how to migrate existing workloads to the cloud
  • Expertise with clinical data including: patient encounters, laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, vitals, clinical notes
  • Experience with HIPPA and other Federal and State regulations relating to research data usage
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing and supporting large-scale informatics platforms for research projects and/or clinical data
  • Experience in informatics disciplines, such as: database and system design; clinical and research data integration; medical terminologies and ontologies; and healthcare informatics standards
  • Experience deploying HPC use cases in Healthcare and/or Research Environments
  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization
  • Ability to understand business needs and how business systems can support those needs
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with executive-level management a regular basis
  • Medical Center and/or Academic research systems experience
  • Experience with bio repositories, genomic and genetic databases, and big data platforms
  • Experience with Hadoop
  • Experience working in academic research environments
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