Advertised Summary Job Description: Located within the Jerome L. Greene Science Center in the rising Manhattanville campus, the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (Zuckerman Institute) is comprised of world-renowned scientists, bringing together psychologists, engineers, and brain scientists, with the goal of understanding the complexities of mind and brain. The Institute supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scholars across the university and promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science.
The mission of the Zuckerman Institute Research Computing group is to provide the highest quality, leading edge research computing and IT services, support and infrastructure to Zuckerman Institute faculty and their research groups. Reporting directly to the Director of Research Computing, the Scientific Computing Specialist works independently with minimal day-to-day supervision to understand current and future Zuckerman Institute faculty and researchers computational needs. With this understanding of research workflows, dataflows, etc... this position will develop and improve research computing services and solutions?including but not limited to scientific software implementation, file storage and backup, and computational solutions. This position serves as a resource and consultant to Zuckerman Institute researchers and research groups, introducing them to?and educating them about?relevant services and solutions.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Partners with Zuckerman Institute research and scientific resource groups as a scientific computing resource/consultant; works directly with researchers and groups to understand workflows, dataflows and computational needs; acts as a scientific computing resource/consultant to research groups; introduces Zuckerman Institute research computing services, and educates research groups about additional computational resources and approaches.
- Investigates and pilots research computing solutions for specific lab needs; tests/pilots various commercial and/or academic research computing-related services and software with Zuckerman Institute researchers; investigates and achieves integration of existing services with campus, regional and national resources where appropriate; assists to develop Zuckerman Institute research computing service usage metrics.
- Performs other coordination and writing tasks; contributes to research computing-related technical sections of sponsored project proposals and other documents; coordinates with existing departmental, research group and central IT staff as needed; writes procedural and technical documentation; organizes and assists with meetings of faculty and other governance groups.
- Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned/requested.
General Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, with knowledge of widely-used research or statistical application software (MATLAB, STATA, or similar) is required. Must possess at least 6 years of related work and/or research experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must possess the ability to confer and consult directly with senior faculty and administration officials, as well as research staff and students, on technical topics. Excellent customer service, organizational and time management skills to support research faculty and staff, and to coordinate service provision and support with the Research Computing group and other Columbia groups as needed. The successful candidate must be proactive and engaging, flexible in nature, possess sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in science, and experience conducting research and using research software applications. Experience with scripting and or programming, and working in an academic and/or scientific computing environment.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.