Job Description

Payroll Title:
San Diego Supercomputer Center
Hiring Pay Scale
$130,000 - $200,000/Year
Hybrid Remote
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, HYBRID

#121597 Chief of Staff (Hybrid)

Extended Deadline: Wed 3/29/2023

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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


Reporting to the Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) this position serves as Chief of Staff. In concert with the Director aligns SDSC directives with UCSD campus goals, provides overall strategic guidance, and implements managerial actions needed to support goals. . Provides technical leadership with a high degree of expertise in key areas such as HPC, data science, and Cyberinfrastructure (CI). Develops long and short-term plans for the Center, including innovative initiatives, setting priorities, establishing Center-wide budgets with the Chief Administrative Officer, and is responsible for efforts to achieve SDSC’s overall goals. Determines outreach goals and looks for ways to maintain and raise SDSC’s leadership profile in HPC and CI. Represents the organization and leadership at national and international meetings, conferences, and committees.

Stays abreast of and works to create suitable opportunities for funding that align with Center growth priorities, including working with agencies, foundations, and other funders. Provides high-level support and advice to the Executive Team on a wide variety of issues associated with complex, confidential/sensitive, and/or strategic projects. Defines and aligns Center and division strategic goals. Defines common Center-wide metrics and refines division-specific metrics as needed by working closely with the division leaders Working with the Director and Executive Team, implements and updates the Center’s strategic plan, ensuring it incorporates technological change, context from the UC system, and funding agency direction.. Ensures department stakeholders at all levels have appropriate input and knowledge of plan updates to effectively execute it. Establishes and supports external advisory groups in support of Center strategy and direction. Works closely with the Executive Team to develop and implement strategies related to various projects and initiatives, incorporating strong attention to SDSC and UC San Diego’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a positive, inclusive culture.

Utilizing a background in data-driven or computationally-intensive research, 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) while working with division leaders to maintain the vibrancy of the Center’s current PI cohort. Develops and implements professional development strategies training for existing research staff to become and grow as PIs. May manage and administer small to mid-level independent research program(s) as PI, typically with organization-wide impact.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of the organization's processes, protocols and procedures. Proven data-intensive or computationally-intensive 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. Proven experience setting and executing organizational wide goals in a complex organization. Senior leadership skills in a large technical enterprise context- including change management, strategic planning and implementation, problem solving, negotiation, decision-making, research and analysis, and interpersonal and motivational skills.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with national and international agencies, foundations, and funders of CI-supported research. Demonstrated experience working with relevant policy making groups, national and international committees that drive HPC, data science, and/or CI research agendas. Advanced ability to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of staff and members of the community. Track record of successfully maintained relationships at the national, state, and local level.

  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Demonstrated experience launching and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts related to hiring, retention, and culture change.

  • Demonstrated experience applying computing, especially cybersecurity, policies, laws, and ethical concepts in a research environment.


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

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (18 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year).
c) Work/Life Balance.
d) UC Retirement Plan
e) Pet insurance.

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Annual Full Pay Range: $92,600 - $232,200 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $44.35 - $111.21

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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