Employment

Below is a list of current open positions at RENCI. Ideal candidates should enjoy working with internationally known researchers and with the tools and technologies that comprise an advanced cyberinfrastructure. An interest in multidisciplinary research and in collaborating with researchers, including the development of new proposals, projects and programs, is expected. A Ph.D is required for Senior Research Scientist positions; a master's degree and/or a mix of professional experience and a bachelor's degree is required for software development positions.


Communications Specialist

Renaissance Computing Institute
Communications Specialist
Position #S016074

Description of Work

The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) is a living laboratory that creates cyberinfrastructure for the benefit of science, business and society.What makes us so “renaissance”? Our work isn’t just about solving known problems. It’s about unlocking human potential.
  • We accelerate research.
  • We help overcome barriers to make research faster, stronger and more creative.
  • We advance the state-of-the-art. Not just in what machines can do, but what people can do with machines.
  • We transce...

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Description of Work

The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) is a living laboratory that creates cyberinfrastructure for the benefit of science, business and society.What makes us so “renaissance”? Our work isn’t just about solving known problems. It’s about unlocking human potential.

  • We accelerate research.
  • We help overcome barriers to make research faster, stronger and more creative.
  • We advance the state-of-the-art. Not just in what machines can do, but what people can do with machines.
  • We transcend boundaries.
  • We foster inclusivity, promote diversity and collaborate across disciplines to enhance science, engineering, art, the humanities and commerce.

A research institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RENCI links people, data and resources across the UNC system, Duke University, Research Triangle Park and the State of North Carolina.

Working with the Communications and Marketing Manager, the Communications Specialist is responsible for content and communication opportunities in support of RENCI’s internal and external strategic goals and the strategic goals of UNC-Chapel Hill. Anticipated 20-30 hours per week.

Primary Duties:

60%

  • Organize and produce multiple newsletters and briefs in support of RENCI and its affiliates.
  • Effectively promote RENCI’s impact and value through all communications and marketing efforts (e.g., websites, print publications, electronic presentations, etc.).
  • Maintain familiarity with newsletter production systems such as Mailchimp and CRM systems such as Hubspot.
  • Collaborate with communications and project management team members on media and research project relations, helping to facilitate requests for interviews and develop story information.

25%

  • Write, edit, and distribute RENCI news and feature releases, as well as other public communications. Write, edit, and disseminate appropriate articles, white papers, proposals, etc.

15%

  • Develop and maintain timely web content.
  • Assist in content development for secondary RENCI websites, project websites and partner sites, including content development and organization and branding.
  • Maintain, monitor, and update web information and services.
  • Maintain familiarity with content management systems such as WordPress.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Qualification and Experience Requirements:

Specialized knowledge in communication and outreach. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to foster and maintain collaborations with both academic and industrial researchers. Working knowledge of web and newsletter communications technologies. Interpersonal communication, human relations, and team building skills. Project management skills. Ability to write and edit scientific news and feature stories, as well as academic presentations and reports, is a plus.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/177086

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Web Architect

Renaissance Computing Institute
Web Architect
Position #20007357

Web Architects design engaging interactive digital experiences applying the most advanced toolkits. They develop approaches, methods, and plans that make teams more effective while improving system quality. RENCI’s Systems Group is seeking a Web Architect with a passion for defining user experience strategy, building innovative systems in an agile setting, and working closely with diverse development teams. The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in front-end architecture, application programmer interface design, and containerized microservices in cloud computing environments. The ...

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Web Architects design engaging interactive digital experiences applying the most advanced toolkits. They develop approaches, methods, and plans that make teams more effective while improving system quality.

RENCI’s Systems Group is seeking a Web Architect with a passion for defining user experience strategy, building innovative systems in an agile setting, and working closely with diverse development teams. The ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise in front-end architecture, application programmer interface design, and containerized microservices in cloud computing environments. The architect will also have extensive experience with open source software frameworks.

Principal Functions: Work closely with users to understand use cases. Design and develop compelling new digital user experiences balancing cutting edge capabilities with high quality, optimize performance, lead aspects of development projects, and communicate broadly and effectively in written and spoken presentations. Present designs, system demonstrations. Help to prepare training materials, estimates, and funding proposals.

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable background in academic or research computing management, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

At least five years of professional web user experience development. Extensive familiarity with HTML/JavaScript/CSS as well as single page application (SPA) design and frameworks like React and Vue. Knowledge of software design patterns and experience designing new systems. Experience designing RESTful service oriented microservices in Java or Python. Familiarity with containerization technologies like Docker.

Experience in an agile, continuous integration environment. Familiarity with collaboration tools including GitHub and build automation systems like Jenkins and Travis. Must demonstrate a capacity for continuous learning, strong interpersonal communication skills, and team building skills. Must demonstrate ability to foster and maintain collaborations with local and national researchers and subject matter experts.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

For more information about this position or to apply, visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/175785

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Senior DevOps Engineer

Renaissance Computing Institute
Senior DevOps Engineer
Position #20025746

This position provides experienced research software development support for RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute) projects which involve local and distributed collaborations with academic researchers, state and federal agency subject matter experts, and computer and computational scientists. Principal Functions: DevOps: Design and implement continuous integration/deployment pipelines with repeatable provisioning and configuration as code. Containerization: Configure and orchestrate application containers. Scale applications through on-demand virtualization. Optimize systems of applicat...

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This position provides experienced research software development support for RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute) projects which involve local and distributed collaborations with academic researchers, state and federal agency subject matter experts, and computer and computational scientists.

Principal Functions:
DevOps: Design and implement continuous integration/deployment pipelines with repeatable provisioning and configuration as code.
Containerization: Configure and orchestrate application containers. Scale applications through on-demand virtualization. Optimize systems of applications for cloud deployments. Monitor systems and applications for reliability and performance. Automate incident response to system and application problems. Work with RENCI management and staff on project requirements. Solicit feedback on improvements and implementations. Work with researchers and users of software to explain functionality.

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable background in academic or research computing management, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

Demonstrated skill with Jenkins, Docker and/or Singularity, Linux administration and bash and/or Python scripting, Ansible, Kubernetes, and Cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP, Openstack/Openshift) preferred. Demonstrated ability to perform continuous integration across multiple contributing teams and support group efforts to test, package, and deploy software. Ability to build collaborative efforts with other departments and institutions. Capacity for self-education, interdisciplinary study and inquiry. Excellent communication skills, interpersonal communication, human relations, and team building skills. Ability to foster and maintain collaborations with local and distributed researchers and subject matter experts. Five years of professional DevOps experience is preferred, but not required.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

For more information about this position and to apply, visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/176583

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Renaissance Computing Institute
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position #PDS002570

Position Summary

The postdoctoral research associate will have the responsibility to advance a number of research projects, working in close collaboration with RENCI investigators. The individual is expected to have skills and experience in Genetics, Biomedical Health Sciences, and/or Data Science and is expected to contribute to the development and execution of research projects in these areas. Specifically, the individual will assist the RENCI investigator on the Obesity Hub, which attempts to discover novel obesity biology th...

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Position Summary

The postdoctoral research associate will have the responsibility to advance a number of research projects, working in close collaboration with RENCI investigators. The individual is expected to have skills and experience in Genetics, Biomedical Health Sciences, and/or Data Science and is expected to contribute to the development and execution of research projects in these areas. Specifically, the individual will assist the RENCI investigator on the Obesity Hub, which attempts to discover novel obesity biology through a variety of techniques, including integration of multi-omics data with prior information into a knowledge graph upon which novel analytic approaches can be developed. The postdoctoral research associate will perform GWAS and -omics analysis, and develop methods to discover biological heterogeneity. Further, this individual will implement graph-analytic techniques to derive statistically-significant explanatory patterns from knowledge graphs containing integrated data and knowledge. The individual will also assist with preparing proposals and reports and disseminating research results through conferences and scholarly publications.

Educational Requirements

Candidate must possess a Ph.D. in genetics, bioinformatics, statistics, or a related field.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have experience in 1) conducting GWAS, especially in heterogeneous cohorts 2) graph databases, 3) Python (or other relevant programming languages), and 4) statistics and machine learning.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/171922.

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