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Manager, Core Facilities IT Services (UPDATED)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Manager, Core Facilities IT Services (UPDATED)
Department AZ Rsch Labs-Interdisciplinary (2511)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please note: the ‘Preferred Qualifications’ section has been modified. Additionally, the ‘Contact Information for Candidates’ section below has been updated.

The Manager of Core Facilities IT Services leads a team of professionals in providing IT services to university-wide Core Facilities in Research, Discovery & Innovation. This position is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Research Computing staff and projects. Responsibilities include core facilities laboratory automation and sample tracking, data analysis, storage, and management, data mining and integration, and application development.

Research, Discovery & Innovation is 14 core facilities or cores – highly specialized testbed facilities available for use by faculty, students, and scientists in government and industry. The core facilities provides users with access not only to the latest instrumentation, but also to experienced staff with expertise in designing and conducting experiments and analyzing data.

Research core facilities, which focus on a variety of disciplines, are shared research facilities that offer:
• Specialized scientific instruments/equipment for experimental research
• Cutting-edge technologies for new product research and development
• Services including training, education, and expert consultation

Established in 1979, Arizona Research Laboratories (ARL) is a group of researchers and core services solving critical scientific problems and generating knowledge for the future. The organization’s structure and values promote innovation through dynamic interdisciplinary collaborations. ARL provides high quality support to the UA research community through professionally-managed, campus-wide core service facilities. The ARL Research Core Services group provides investigators and students with state-of-the-art facilities necessary to carry out leading-edge biological, chemical, and engineering research. Core services specialize in providing high-end equipment that is difficult for individual investigators to afford and advanced technical assistance in the application of this equipment and other modern analytical methods. Besides simply making leading-edge technology available to the university community, the shared facilities bring investigators together toward common goals, thus facilitating inter-departmental, cooperative, multidisciplinary research projects. Finally, the core services facilitate the creation and development of research and analytical activities of other state agencies and of industrial clients.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Supervises and manages the staff and projects to ensure continued, sustained progress for multiple ongoing projects using project management tools.
• Develops staffing and resource plans to ensure suitable resources and infrastructure are available for the campus research community.
• Provides technical assistance and direction to staff and researchers.
• Performs reviews and develops metric to evaluate and benchmark performance and productivity.
• Collaborates with campus core facility managers on the development and management of Laboratory Management systems for core facilities.
• Collaborates with campus faculty and investigators on the development of research proposals that involve the use of computational services and solutions.
• Develops standard operating procedures and guidelines for hardware and software support and services.
• Serves as a resource and mentor to the staff and students.
• Designs, develops, implements, and administers distributed virtual computing networks
• Implements network and information security assurance directives
• Integrates technological tools for research data collection
• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field and five years of related systems/programming experience with at least two years in a supervisory capacity.
• Experience with managing a systems group and software development team
• Experience working in a team environment on successful IT projects.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work both effectively and cooperatively with a wide range of people in a diverse community.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with the software development and implementation life cycle.
• Experience developing rich Internet applications, either with AJAX or any JavaScript frameworks like Dojo, ExtJS, YUI, jQuery, etc.
• Experience in using scripting languages, such as Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Groovy
• Exposure to HPC (High Performance Computing) systems (as user or developer)
• Experience project management

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Computer, Engineering and Technical
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22121
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Bob Quiroz

Open Date 10/05/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/16/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field and five years of related systems/programming experience with at least two years in a supervisory capacity?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents