Specialist – Research-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Specialist – Research-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

Michigan State University’s Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (MSU ICER) is looking for a Research Computing Facilitator to support researchers in using advanced computing and data systems and software to perform cutting-edge research across a broad range of disciplines.  This facilitation includes direct user support as well as broader participation in project development and research activities.  The core duties and responsibilities in this role include:

  • Engaging and collaborating with students and faculty who use (or plan to use) advanced computational resources in their research, including MSU’s High Performance Computing Center (HPCC), XSEDE resources, high-throughput computing, and cloud computing.
  • Supporting MSU HPCC users through one-on-one and small-group interactions, through the HPCC Help Desk, and via Zoom or in-person office hours.
  • Collaborating with MSU researchers to develop proposals, papers, public datasets, and open-source software to conduct and disseminate research.  This may include extended collaborative support efforts as well as performing research.
  • Developing, implementing, and refining training materials relating to research computing through synchronous and asynchronous workshops, web-based tutorials, and documentation.
  • Engaging with the broader national research computing effort through participation in workshops, conferences, and training and networking activities.

Applicants with expertise in subject areas that are not traditionally associated with research computing (e.g., humanities, social sciences, human or animal health sciences) are strongly encouraged to apply.

While Research Consultants have typically worked with researchers in person, ICER is exploring the possibility of long-term remote work as a result of the pandemic and would be willing to discuss in-person, hybrid (partially in-person/partially remote), or fully remote options.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • A PhD in any field that included a significant scientific computing component.
  • Research experience that includes the application of advanced computing to solve research problems.
  • Strong technical and problem-solving skills, including programming experience with a modern language such as Python or C++.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in developing research-focused software applications, particularly using modern software development tools such as version control and continuous integration.
  • Experience using modern computational tools to help in solving problems relating to research computing.  For example: workflow management tools such as bash scripting or SQL databases; software development tools such as Git (including GitHub/GitLab); traditional parallel programming tools such as MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA; modern parallel APIs such as TensorFlow, Kokkos, or OneAPI.
  • Experience with developing data analysis pipelines in high-level scripting languages.
  • Training in, or professional experience contributing toward, the development of skills such as research facilitation, conflict negotiation, communication, teamwork, leadership, and/or project management in the context of multidisciplinary research teams.
  • Experience with proposal development and/or coordination.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Required Application Materials

Resume, cover letter, names of three professional references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.



MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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