Senior Lab Instructor, Advanced Research Computing
Senior Lab Instructor, Advanced Research Computing
Office of Research
Posting #FAHPC01-21 LSBC
The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a Probationary position as a Senior Laboratory Instructor, with proposed starting date of July 1, 2021. (The rank of Senior Laboratory Instructor will be commensurate with the education and experience of the successful candidate.) As an institution committed to the fostering of an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values high quality and growth in both teaching and scholarship.
The Advanced Research Computing Senior Lab Instructor (SLI) will report to the Office of Research and will also be appointed in a relevant Academic Unit and may teach (as time allows) courses or portions of courses to graduate students and senior undergraduates on topics relevant to research computing. The SLI supports researchers (including faculty and students) in their use of advanced and high performance computing (HPC) at UNBC. This support includes working with researchers to assist with specific computing needs that arise including installing and using software, parallelizing, debugging and trouble-shooting codes, and helping researchers interact with Compute Canada resources. The SLI will manage user accounts, requests for HPC systems, system administration, IT security related to HPC, UNIX maintenance and installation, maintenance of HPC Lab equipment, monitoring systems, responding to alerts and scheduler tuning for clusters. The SLI will work closely with ITS on new HPC project implementations to ensure systems will work properly in a complex infrastructure as well as integrating research systems with core IT services. The successful candidate will maintain HPC lab documentation and web pages, create and deliver workshops to users, and promote and encourage use of the HPC lab resources at UNBC. The SLI will develop project plans with tasks and timelines for future advanced research computing infrastructure projects. The SLI will work with the Advanced Research Computing Management Board on policies and planning related to HPC and assessing future UNBC needs for advanced research computing.
Previous experience with UNIX (essential) and Windows operating systems in a networked hybrid environment, with exposure to the tools used in advanced research computing / high performance computing is required. Experience with software installation and scripting languages in a UNIX environment is essential, and server and software configuration experience is an asset. Excellent interpersonal and teaching skills and the ability to establish effective working relationships with a diverse group, including faculty, students, and other researchers as well as senior technical staff, is essential.
Applicants for this position should hold a relevant graduate degree that ideally includes experience in advanced research computing and scientific programming, together with a minimum of three years of relevant experience with HPC or equivalent systems, preferably in an academic environment. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. The successful applicant will present evidence of a record and commitment towards teaching excellence, and will be appointed with Probationary status with the expectation they will apply for a Continuing Appointment once the probationary term is completed.
About the University and its Community
Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a core campus in Prince George and three regional campuses in Northern BC (Quesnel, Fort St. John and Terrace). We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. Our region is comprised of friendly communities, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work.
UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of BC’s leading research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the world. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.
Small classes and a connected community exemplify UNBC and mean that our students and professors get to know one another. Outstanding academics, hands-on research, unlimited adventure and a tight-knit campus community result in strong student satisfaction at UNBC.
For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings, the only university of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top 4 per cent of higher education institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
For more information about living and working with the University of Northern British Columbia please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and http://www.unbc.ca/provost/new_faculty.html . Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.
Applicants should forward their cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Program, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program, the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information), and the following form which can be found here: https://www2.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/human-resources/form-statementofeligiblitytoworkincanada-fillablepdf.pdf quoting posting #FAHPC01-21 LSBC to:
Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9
Email submissions: FacultyRecruitment@unbc.ca
Inquiries: Professor Peter L. Jackson, Interim Dean, Faculty of Environment
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Applications received on or before Monday, June 14, 2021, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.