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Chief Architect

Chief Architect


University Park Campus

Work Unit:

Senior Vice President for Research


Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Date Announced:


Date Closing:

** Open Until Filled **

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ICDS is seeking a Chief Architect (CA) for our ICDS Advanced CyberInfrastructure, called “Roar”.  This position will be an integral contributor to a fast-paced and growing team of specialists supported by an exciting $60 million Penn State investment in research cyberinfrastructure. Penn State’s elite researchers use our high-performance research cloud to solve real-world problems by conducting simulations, data mining, and other high-performance computing operations. With ICDS, you will have the opportunity to accelerate this groundbreaking work.

As Chief Architect, you will create and maintain an architectural roadmap for the Institute focusing on the future of ICDS; 18 months to 5 years out. The Chief Architect will engage with researchers and staff at Penn State and other institutions, and industry-leading technical experts, such as chief technology officers, to:

  • document existing and potential research use cases within the scope of roadmap and the mission of ICDS

  • research the technology direction of High-Performance Computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence, Quantum computing, cloud architectures, and other leading-edge technologies

  • identify and develop concepts for the ICDS Roar cyberinfrastructure to accelerate multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, scientific discovery

  • document the implementation plan for the roadmap for Penn State leadership, including exploratory technologies that may benefit the research mission

This roadmap includes the expansion of the existing ICDS Roar cyberinfrastructure such as our ICDS’ High-Performance Research Cloud Initiative (HPRC) to provide a hybrid architecture for on-premises and external cloud bursting of research workflows.

In addition to creating and maintaining our ICDS Roar Roadmap, the Chief Architect will work with ICDS leadership to:

  • develop and participate in executive briefings for university, and multi-institutional administration and stakeholders

  • set engineering requirements and implementation expectations of new concepts

  • coordinate vendor engagements for the modelling and deployment of new concepts

  • provide technical expertise in the specification, design, development, and implementation of unique scientific computational solutions for multi-institutional research projects

  • actively engage in ICDS, university, national, and international level committees

  • produce and present technical and policy white papers to influence federal sponsor RFI’s and RFP’s supporting ICDS’s efforts in obtaining infrastructure related grants

Some travel is expected with this position.


Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher in an Engineering of Science Discipline


Fifteen (15) years of related experience is required

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience should include:

  • demonstrated experience in researching, evaluating, architecting, engineering, and developing large-scale HPC and cloud-based research environments

  • writing proposals/grants

  • strong familiarity with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux suite of software, OpenMP, MPI, GPUs, HPC and cloud-based schedulers, Large enterprise backup systems, networking, Puppet, Ansible, Open Stack and the DevOps method of system development

  • strong collaboration and communication skills to a wide audience

  • an ability to work independently with a strong work ethic

  • excellent time management skills

  • ability to work multiple projects simultaneously

Architecture certifications are a plus.

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