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Research Compute and Data Application Specialist

Company: South Dakota Board of Regents
Location: Brookings
Posted on: June 10, 2021

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Research Compute and Data Application Specialist

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Logo Institution South Dakota State University Working Title Research Compute and Data Application Specialist Posting Number NFE01054P Department SDSU-IT Research Computing Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings Posting Text

IT Research Computing, within the Division of Technology & Security (DTS) at South Dakota State University (SDSU), is announcing an opening for a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible Research Compute and Data Application Specialist. This position will support South Dakota State University's research needs through research computing application, programming, and data flow support services.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


This position will support the university research community with efforts that include the planning, coordination, design, implementation, and training of work in multiple areas regarding research software, applications, and data flow associated with research computing application functions.


  • Master's degree in any discipline completed by start date.
  • At least 3 years of experience supporting research computing application experience within-cluster and single server environment(s), supporting CPU and data-intensive research.
  • High-Performance Computing application experience in at least one discipline.
  • Understanding of the application planning processes.
  • Linux system administration knowledge using command-line utilities and experience building programs (scripting).
  • Knowledge of deploying and configuring an application within a cluster system software stack and single server environment.
  • Experience and understanding of programming concepts and such as the use of Python programs within a parallel compute and single server (non-parallel) compute environment.
  • Experience creating high-performance computing batch scripts for compute jobs and with batch job submission.
  • Understanding of software build environments and tools.
  • Experience training users how to use HPC applications and programs.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of the different Cloud Computing service offerings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a contributing team member.
  • Research computing/related outreach experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A valid driver's license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.


  • A Ph.D., ScD or EdD in any discipline complete by start date.
  • Research Computing Expertise in at least two scientific disciplines.
  • Experience with Slurm cluster resource manager.
  • Experience with a Parallel File system environment.
  • Experience assisting with writing grant proposals or publications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits, including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

Posting Date 03/02/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes First Consideration Date 03/22/2021 Advertised Salary $50,427 - $75,000, commensurate with experience, education, etc. Duration of the Term 12 months If Other, describe duration Appointment Percent 100 Work Hours

This position is tasked to be available during normal business hours to address university business needs.

Typical Hours Worked Per Week Appointment Type Regular Faculty Status No Scope of Search External (includes Internal) If internal, define scope of search This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Weekends/Holidays, Valid Drivers License If other, please indicate Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university's core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state's 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university's total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state's first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state's highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children's Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran's status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Shouhong Zhang at (605) 688-5512 or

Working Conditions

Please check the appropriate response that describe the cognitive requirements for this position. Analyzing, Comprehend, Frequent Change, Intense Customer Interaction, Logic, Memory, Multiple Priorities, Multiple Stimuli, Pace-fast, Perform calculations, Reading, Reasoning, Verbal Communication, Written Communication

Please check the appropriate response for this position's use of the following protective clothing or equipment. If other protection is used please identify

Please designate the physical requirements of this position Balancing, Bending, Stooping, Twisting, Carrying, Climbing Ladders, Climbing Stairs, Crawling, Crouching, Driving, Fine Finger Manipulation (keyboarding, pipefitting, bench work, etc), Grasping, Kneeling, Lifting Above Waist, Lifting Below Waist, Lifting light, Lifting moderate, Lifting heavy, Pushing/Pulling, Reaching, Repetitive Motion, Sitting for sustained periods of time, Squatting, Standing for sustained periods of time, Stretching, Use Both Hands, Use of Either Hand, Independently, Walking, Wrist Movement (twisting or rotating) Describe any of the conditions selected

Please check the appropriate response that describe the sensory requirements for this position. Hearing, Speaking, Vision (With and without corrective lenses)

Working Conditions or Exposures (or potential exposures) that this position may encounter during the course of the work day. Changes of Temperature, Walking/Standing on wood, metal or concrete Please describe, in more detail, any of the conditions checked above

Infrequent exposure to noise working around computing and auxiliary equipment in the SDSU central data center.

Check the appropriate box(es) that best describes the environment in which the primary function of the position is performed. Classroom Environment, Lab Environment, Office Environment, Other Environment (Please explain below) If you have indicated Other Environment, if work tasks involve one or more of the above, or if further explanation is necessary, please use the space provided.

Infrequent work in the SDSU Compute and Data Center

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Where did you hear about this position?
  • SDBOR Employment Site
  • List Serv
  • Website
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Newspaper
  • Black Doctoral Network
  • APLU
  • Linkedin
  • Other

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference List

Optional Documents

Keywords: South Dakota Board of Regents, Sioux Falls , Research Compute and Data Application Specialist, Other , Brookings, South Dakota

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