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#120122 Chief of Staff (Hybrid)

Filing Deadline: Tue 12/6/2022

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The Mission of the San Diego Supercomputer Center is to translate innovation into practice. SDSC adopts and partners on innovations in industry and academia in the areas of software, hardware, computational and data sciences, and related areas, and translates them into cyberinfrastructure that solves practical problems across any and all scientific domains and societal endeavors. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible, integrated network of high-performance computing, data, and networking resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery. With more than 250 employees and $30-50M of revenue a year, SDSC is a global leader in the design, development, and operations of cyberinfrastructure.

SDSC supports hundreds of multidisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of domains, from earth sciences and biology to astrophysics, bioinformatics, and health IT. SDSC presently operates multiple large HPC systems ranging from a 120k x86 CPU core general purpose system to a system explicitly designed for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and a nationally distributed system open for all of academia to integrate with. SDSC offers research data services across the entire vertical stack from universally scalable storage to consulting services on FAIR, Big Data, and AI. SDSC offers a rich set of cloud services both on-premise, in the commercial cloud, and as hybrid services across both.

SDSC has three geographic scopes, a national scope supporting cyberinfrastructure for the entire US research and education community, a California scope with a special focus on convergence research that addresses the three dominant threats to CA: Drought, Fire, Earthquakes, and a campus scope focusing on advancing the global impact of SDSC by advancing the research objectives of the UC San Diego faculty, researchers, and students. SDSC impacts researchers at scales from 1,000’s to Millions. SDSC annually trains thousands of researchers in cyberinfrastructure tools and software, and supports thousands of individual researchers via Unix accounts on its large HPC systems. SDSC invented the Science Gateway concept, and continues to be a global leader in its evolution. SDSC operates multiple major such gateways with user communities ranging from the tens of thousands to the millions. SDSC’s educational programs includes online courses that have been attended by more than a million students.

SDSC is committed to democratizing access to cyberinfrastructure across all of its geographic scopes. SDSC strives towards a culture that supports our employees to be their best, achieve their goals, and enjoy their lives, both professionally and personally.

For more information about SDSC, please visit:


This position serves as Chief of Staff and as a key strategist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). Both are responsible for management and leadership of the center in alignment with the SDSC Director and UCSD campus leadership. Along with the Director and Deputy Director for HPC and Industry, provides overall strategic and managerial leadership and direction. Is a Technical leader with a high degree of knowledge in multiple areas such as HPC, data science, and Cyberinfrastructure. Develops long and short term plans for the center, including innovative initiatives, setting priorities, establishing center-wide budgets with CAO, and being responsible for efforts to achieve SDSC’s overall goals. Represent organization and leadership at national and international meetings, conferences and committees.

Provides high level support and advice to the Executive Team on a wide variety of issues associated with complex projects of a highly confidential and sensitive nature. Defines and sets center and division strategic goals and gives cross-divisional guidance. Defines common center wide metrics and division specific metrics as needed by working closely with the division leaders on defining and implementing appropriate metrics for their divisions. Working with Director and Executive Team, implements center strategic plan and updates to strategic plan. Ensures department stakeholders at all levels have appropriate input and knowledge of plan updates to effectively execute it. Works closely with the Executive Team to develop and implement strategies related to various projects and initiatives.

Leads the growth of SDSC’s research mission through developing long term relationships with faculty and research programs who seek to put forth proposals through SDSC. Develops and implements strategies to grow the center's pool of Principal Investigators (PIs). Develops training for existing research staff to become PIs. Develops programs to recruit and develop post-doctoral researchers towards PI status.

May manage and administer small to mid-level independent research program(s), typically with organization-wide impact. In this regard, acts as PI leading research.


  • Proven research and technology project leadership and management skills within a large and complex research and technological environment.

  • Advanced skills in short- and long-range planning, program and project management, facilitation and collaboration. Proven accomplishments and results and effective integration of functions with business plans.

  • Sound strategic thinking and consulting skills in guiding the organization toward workable strategies and solutions. Strong demonstrated strategic thinking skills and implementation. Strong problem-solving skills and taking in various points of view and ability to make difficult decisions

  • Financial analysis and reporting techniques. Extensive demonstrated knowledge about research centers and systemwide protocols and procedures for budget and account management. Ability to manage budget and account across research and technology groups.

  • Senior leadership skills for a large technical enterprise - including organizations, problem solving, negotiation, decision-making, research and analysis, and interpersonal and motivational skills.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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