Assistant Director for Research and Teaching, Cyberinfrastructure, Office of Information Technology

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant Director for Research and Teaching, Cyberinfrastructure, Office of Information Technology [R0142727].


This exciting new role reports directly to the Vice President for Digital Transformation and Chief Information Officer (VPDT/CIO) as part of a groundbreaking collaboration that brings supportive cyberinfrastructure services to researchers. This position plays a key role in helping faculty and student researchers in all disciplines accelerate research and transform learning experiences through supportive use of cyberinfrastructure. The ideal candidate will be comfortable directly engaging faculty, researchers, technical staff, and leadership to coordinate VPDT/CIO strategies.

Applicants should bring a commitment to scholarship and prior participation in funded research activities that they will use to inform the university research support expansion. This role will help prepare UNLV for the elevated importance and the rapid growth of computational and data-facing technologies in research and teaching. The Assistant Director of Research and Teaching Cyberinfrastructure (ADRTC) will facilitate planning and implementation of the expansion of research-facing technologies at institutional scale, representing UNLV interests in collaborative research technology endeavors at regional and national scales, including the scoping and development of funding proposals for state and national solicitations and expanding capacity for both UNLV and Nevada’s higher-education capabilities.

This 12-month 1.0 FTE administrative position within the university’s central IT organization, is also part of a research support expansion associated with the NSF-EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement grant to Nevada. As part of the NSF-EPSCoR team, the ADRTC will contribute to building supportive state and regional partnerships that last beyond current projects. The ADRTC will employ their research expertise to guide a team of matrix technical subject-matter experts in applying their enterprise infrastructure skills to fulfill the computational

and data intensive requirements of researchers. Successfully guiding these technical pioneers in fulfilling the requirements of the NSF-EPSCoR project will be a key deliverable in the first three years. Applying the lessons from this practical proof-of-concept to future institutional investments, the ADRTC will create a sustainable collaborative IT research support program with regional and national ties. 



  • This position requires a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Credentials must be obtained prior to the start date.
  • Experience working in a higher education or research-intensive setting including demonstrated success in working with a research team supported by federal and/or regional research grants.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Information Technology, Data Science, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated success in the areas of research computing, data, and cyberinfrastructure within an academic setting. 



  • Understanding at least one and familiarity with two or more additional technologies listed (data structures related to research, data management plans, network technologies, data-facing scientific instruments, storage systems, data workflows, high-performance data staging and transfer systems, identity and access management, software utilized in research and cloud technologies)
  • Foundation of cyberinfrastructure components sufficient to understand, seek clarification on the recommendations of technical experts in a variety of disciplines
  • Deep understanding of and commitment to UNLV top tier 2.0 mission and values


  • Knowledge of UNLV, NSHE, and State of Nevada workforce development areas of opportunity
  • Familiarity with grant solicitation and submission requirements for one or more federal agencies



  • A record of working as part of a research team, teaching, and service
  • Serving on university committees, participating in governance activities, and or contributing to professional organizations within academic discipline as appropriate for a faculty member, or other academic professional
  • Contribute to the broader academic and professional community by participating in conferences, workshops, and other events related to computing, data, and cyberinfrastructure
  • Mentoring and\or advising students, postdoctoral researchers, or junior faculty in their academic and professional development
  • Experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams in research, teaching, or service      


  • Demonstrated leadership in the areas of computing, data, and cyberinfrastructure within an academic or research-intensive setting    



  • Ability to effectively communicate strategic data technology platform decisions in support of key research and science-based service missions and initiatives across the University and NSHE institutions based on information provided by technical experts 
  • Ability to learn and communicate the salient aspects of complex and novel data system designs and architectures to peers in the University as well as scientific and engineering personnel 
  • Ability to implement strategies that enhance the university's cyberinfrastructure and improve its competitiveness for federal and regional grants 
  • Seek and secure federal and regional grants to support the expansion of the university's cyberinfrastructure, ensuring the campus remains at the forefront of technological advancements
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, manage, and/or delegate to other staff whose subject matter expertise and technical areas of focus may not closely align with the ADRTC’s own strengths and experience  


  • Demonstrated success as PI or Co-PI on federal and/or regional grants that include cyberinfrastructure or data intensive components   
  • Demonstrated success contributing to federal and/or regional grants to support research and cyberinfrastructure development  


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions.


  • Generous compensation packages, up to 48 days of paid time off, sick leave, and holidays
  • Excellent health insurance including medical, dental and vision
  • No state income tax
  • Comprehensive retirement plans and voluntary benefits programs
  • Tuition discounts at Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) schools
  • Tuition discounts for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents



Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. References will not be contacted until the search chair notifies you in advance.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until the position is filled or 100 applications are received, a review of candidates’ materials will begin on or after July 8, 2024.

Materials should be submitted through Workday, as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact OIT Human Resources at (702) 895-1806


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the job requisition number, “R0142727” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.

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