Employment

RENCI’s inclusive, creative ethos transcends disciplinary boundaries to catalyze data-driven discovery and innovation for the public good. A career at RENCI offers a stimulating, collaborative environment where you can unleash your intellectual potential to advance technology and accelerate research.

We value new ideas, innovative solutions, and collaboration, and our employees enrich our organizational culture with their unique skills and perspectives. We are always looking for new talent to further expand the range of skill sets, backgrounds, and perspectives at RENCI.

View our current open positions below to see if RENCI could be the right fit for you!

Internships

RENCI hosts students in every area of our work through the Student Advancement at RENCI (STAR) program. We are dedicated to helping the next generation of thinkers bring their ideas to the table, build valuable skill sets, and pursue professional growth. RENCI offers a robust internship program providing opportunities to gain real-world experience at a premier data science research institute. Each intern works directly with a designated mentor aligned with their particular area of interest, and the mentor and intern work together to design a project or series of projects to help the student apply and broaden their skills. Given the breadth of RENCI’s research and operational expertise, the possible focus areas for internships are rich and diverse.

Our current internship opportunities are listed below. However, we are always open to speaking to those interested in future opportunities; fill out this form to express your interest, and we will let you know if opportunities arise that match your interests. Please familiarize yourself with the application deadlines and program dates.

On a case-by-case basis, RENCI is able to participate in internship classes and programs at your school that offer credit for hours and work completed at your internship as long as they follow the internship credit guidelines.

Learn more about student experiences at RENCI on our STAR program blog

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Coordination Specialist

Renaissance Computing Institute
Coordination Specialist
Position #20050247

This position will support three internal initiatives that support RENCI’s goals to invest in RENCI work culture and improve internal operations. The RENCI Internship Program offers opportunities in all areas of our organization, including all research groups, administration, communications, finance, and project management. This Program is designed to streamline the experience for both students and the researchers and staff ...

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This position will support three internal initiatives that support RENCI’s goals to invest in RENCI work culture and improve internal operations.

The RENCI Internship Program offers opportunities in all areas of our organization, including all research groups, administration, communications, finance, and project management. This Program is designed to streamline the experience for both students and the researchers and staff who work with them. Incumbent will help implement program activities and work to streamline and automate processes. Duties will include:

  • Manage program tasks in Monday.com
  • Devise and implement task streamlining and automation in Monday.com
  • Assist with marketing of program
  • Oversee posting of internship positions
  • Manage application process
  • Assist new interns to onboard on their project
  • Serve as liaison to interns before and during their internship
  • Produce program reports
  • Set up meetings, create agendas, take notes, and capture action items/decisions during meetings
  • Develop training materials/SOPs for program’s operations

The RENCI Dashboard provides an easily accessible, centralized archive/storage space for general information available to RENCI divisions. Incumbent will support the development and implementation of the Dashboard. Duties will include:

  • Actively track tasks across the project
  • Flag comments from staff users of the system and ensure timely response by team members
  • Work with staff to update informational pages
  • Set up meetings, create agendas, take notes, and capture action items/decisions during meetings
  • Based on skill sets, Develop training materials/SOPs for program’s operations

The RENCI Services Program seeks to enhance a RENCI’s culture and create an attractive and inclusive work environment for all employees. Service teams work to create opportunities that increase productivity, improve internal communication, and streamline processes and/or that help us maintain work/life balance and support our growth as humans and employees, colleagues, and members of the community. Incumbent support the RENCI Service Program in three ways: individual service team oversight, and general program support, and staff education about the program. Duties will include:

  • Maintain documentation
  • Gather information on progress of each service team and create reports
  • Help lead organization of annual event.
  • Communicate program information to RENCI staff
  • Oversee calendar invitation procedures.
  • Set up program oversight meetings, create agendas, take notes, and capture action items/decisions during meetings

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

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

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • Familiarity with project management tools
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Strong Organization skills
  • Ability to track team member progress on tasks
  • Ability to review progress across a program and create clear reports
  • Ability to recommend and implement improvements to existing processes, procedures, and practices, or develop new ones.
  • Ability to coordinate and administer programs, activities, and protocols.
  • Ability to ensure project accountability

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • Experience with Monday.com and GitHub a plus
  • Ability to prepare training materials, and deliver the training to others a plus
  • Some events experience 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.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/239516.

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Research Project Coordinator

Renaissance Computing Institute
Research Project Coordinator
Position #20047602

The Renaissance Computing Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is seeking a Research Project Coordinator to report to its Research Project Management Office. This position will be responsible for coordinating one or more research and team science projects and provide support for RENCI outreach and engagement. Incumbent will work closely with project teams as well as with Outreach/Engagement Special...

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The Renaissance Computing Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is seeking a Research Project Coordinator to report to its Research Project Management Office. This position will be responsible for coordinating one or more research and team science projects and provide support for RENCI outreach and engagement.

Incumbent will work closely with project teams as well as with Outreach/Engagement Specialists to develop training materials, presentations, webinars, and other educational, engagement, and outreach initiatives. Critically, this position will require coordinating with a variety of cross-consortium groups to collaboratively develop content for consortium partners and other external stakeholders and providing required logistical support in partnership with the Communications team. Incumbent should be a highly motivated, detail-oriented team player, and demonstrated problem solver with a proven ability to make decisions.

Incumbent will have primary responsibility for planning and coordinating all major activities for assigned projects, including regular training events and user workshops, and annual or bi-annual meetings. Tasks include:

  • Monitoring the planning and execution of project activities to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, reporting, and scope.
  • Organizing and developing agendas, schedules, and presentations.
  • Coordinating participants, speakers, logistics, etc.

As a member of the PMO, the incumbent will also work with teammates on RENCI internal projects and activities, identify and resolve problems, and contribute to internal process improvement.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept an undergraduate (bachelors) degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Project planning and coordination:

  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills;
  • Familiarity with contracts language and negotiation techniques;
  • Ability to comprehend, develop, and adhere to project budgets
  • Ability to plan and coordinate large multi-faceted and specialized projects;
  • Ability to implement defined program management strategy;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to track tasks, and ensure timely progress of the project through completion;
  • Ability to gather data and draft reports as needed;
  • Ability to collaborate with other teams as needed;
  • Demonstrated experience with project coordination, event coordination, or customer service required;
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required;
  • Occasional travel required.

Outreach and Communication:

  • Available for travel related to the project;
  • Efficient engagement of all project stakeholders to facilitate project outcomes;
  • Ability to edit and analyze informational materials or content;
  • Familiar with selection of customer tracking tools.

Interpersonal:

  • Ability to establish and maintain a variety of positive and constructive working relationships;
  • Ability to understand internal workings of the department relative to external expectations of clients and stakeholders.

Technical:

  • Ability to use and incorporate various hardware and software packages in support of project outcomes;
  • Familiarity with a range of teleconference and other communication tools, particularly online tools including Zoom;
  • Ability to research and identify relevant new technologies and make recommendations for use and purchase.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Prefer three years’ experience in project management and/or program coordination and organization. Working knowledge of federal funding mechanisms and reporting requirements 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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/239422.

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Computer Vision and Roadway Safety Internship

Renaissance Computing Institute
Computer Vision and Roadway Safety Internship
Position #20021326

We are looking for an intern to work alongside a research team and participate in the design, implementation, support, documentation, and testing of AI and computer vision pipelines for roadway safety applications. The successful candidate will work with the research team and outside collaborators to assist in the identification of new features, issues, provide QA/QC support, and contribute to ma...

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We are looking for an intern to work alongside a research team and participate in the design, implementation, support, documentation, and testing of AI and computer vision pipelines for roadway safety applications. The successful candidate will work with the research team and outside collaborators to assist in the identification of new features, issues, provide QA/QC support, and contribute to manuscript development. Working with scientists and NC Department of Transportation employees to understand their domain requirements will be part of the job. It is expected that this position will both facilitate the use of software for data science research and aid the continued development of scientific software.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Current graduate student; Development experience in Python, particularly image analysis; Experience using deep learning packages, especially TensorFlow or Pytorch

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Experience with data science and image analysis Python packages (e.g. Pandas, Scikit-Learn, Scikit-Image) is preferred.

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.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/239324.

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User Engagement Specialist

Renaissance Computing Institute
User Engagement Specialist
Position #20048598

The User Engagement Specialist will work with multidisciplinary teams of researchers, designers, developers, and project managers, among others. Teams will look to this person to combine the needs of users with the complexities of growing and interconnected data science ecosystems in order to educate users on effectively utilizing those ecosystems for their research. The person hired for this position will primarily work wi...

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The User Engagement Specialist will work with multidisciplinary teams of researchers, designers, developers, and project managers, among others. Teams will look to this person to combine the needs of users with the complexities of growing and interconnected data science ecosystems in order to educate users on effectively utilizing those ecosystems for their research. The person hired for this position will primarily work with RENCI’s growing national portfolio of grant-funded projects on various cloud-based ecosystems providing tools, applications, and workflows that enable researchers to find, access, share, store, and compute on large scale datasets in secure workspaces. This position is critical to the successful expansion and ongoing education of user bases for these complex data science research ecosystems.

This position’s primary responsibilities include: (1) Develop and analyze a variety of training and instructional activities such as presentations, tutorials, documentation, videos, and short courses to support the education of users working in cloud computing ecosystems; (2) develop and analyze outreach initiatives that extend RENCI’s cloud computing and data science research; and (3) provide key stakeholders with data-driven recommendations for adapting to changing user situations, needs, or requirements.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent educational or instructional activities related to consulting or developing course content, curriculum, instructional technique/technology, distance education design, development or implementation, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • Must thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, have a passion for education, and be consultative.
  • Demonstrated experience in learning design, training/education, curriculum development and/or instructional design, including development of courses and/or documentation released on online learning platforms.
  • Must have technology acumen, preferably experience in training or support roles, but minimally an understanding of cloud technologies and distributed computing; an understanding of data ingest, data management, and data analysis; and the ability to relate to IT role functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to both lay and technical audiences about the functionality and technical specifications of a technical product (via email, web content and videos, presentations, and other written and visual materials).
  • Exceptional writing, grammar, punctuation, editing and proofreading skills. Writing is a primary responsibility for this position.
  • Demonstrated experience with attention to detail, meticulous record-keeping, and ability to manage shifting priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, set priorities appropriately, and organize workload effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally with multiple teams and stakeholders.
  • Excellent customer or community engagement skills.
  • Proficient with standard graphic design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat.
  • Strong experience in instructional design/documentation and communication metrics and measurements.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • 7 or more years of experience in learning design, training/education, curriculum development, product management, and/or instructional design, including development of courses and/or documentation released on online learning platforms.
  • Applied knowledge of community outreach techniques.
  • Knowledgebase and/or CRM management experience.
  • Experience with content creation, user experience design, SEO/keywords and HTML.
  • Knowledge of user-centered service principles, consumer behavior, and interactions.

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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/239072.

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Research Data Architect

Renaissance Computing Institute
Research Data Architect
Position #20048803

Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) is looking for a Research Data Architect to support and promote data interoperability, contribute to the development of informatics tools and the analysis of complex data sets. This position primarily supports biomedical and environmental research projects. The Research Data Architect will work with colleagues with expertise in data analytics, advanced computing including cloud comput...

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Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) is looking for a Research Data Architect to support and promote data interoperability, contribute to the development of informatics tools and the analysis of complex data sets. This position primarily supports biomedical and environmental research projects.

The Research Data Architect will work with colleagues with expertise in data analytics, advanced computing including cloud computing systems, software engineering and domain expertise in the biomedical and environmental sciences.. The Research Data Architect will work in interdisciplinary teams, promoting innovation and collaboration.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with colleagues to develop tools and methods to enhance data interoperability
  • Collaborate with software engineers and researchers to help design data systems to advance scientific discovery
  • Manage a data contribution forecasting and tracking system to allow effective resource allocation across consortia that support data sharing
  • Provide leadership in metadata analysis and standards, as well as knowledge representation
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary teams; be a team player
  • Train data contributors on the application of data standards and relevant tools
  • Contribute to proposals and business development efforts

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • A fundamental understanding of data science, and experience with metadata and data models is essential.
  • Experience with data modeling tools and methods, as well as demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills are important.
  • Data structure and algorithm design with Python or another major programming language.
  • Relational, graph, and key-value datastores.
  • Container orchestration with Kubernetes.
  • Horizontally scalable microservices and REST services.
  • Understanding of Data Management and Data Governance approaches and tooling.
  • Experience working on ‘Big Data platforms’, enabling non-technical users to gain insight into research data.
  • Knowledge of Federated/ distributed Data EcoSystems (FAIR Compliant)

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

BS in Computer Science, Information Science, Bioinformatics or related discipline and 6 years of experience or an MS and 3 years of experience.

  • Map-reduce based computation models like Spark.
  • Search engine elements like Elasticsearch and dense vectors.
  • Biological knowledge graphs and semantic web technologies.
  • Analysis of omics data, including sequence assembly and analysis, and/ or phenotype data analysis.

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, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/239022.

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Post-Doc Research Associate

Renaissance Computing Institute
Post-Doc Research Associate
Position #PDS003541

The Renaissance Computing Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to fill one postdoctoral opening for a NOAA-funded project that will develop statistical and other approaches to project coastal storm surge assessments into future current climate scenarios. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct simulations on high-performance computers, develop new and modify existing input ...

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The Renaissance Computing Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to fill one postdoctoral opening for a NOAA-funded project that will develop statistical and other approaches to project coastal storm surge assessments into future current climate scenarios. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct simulations on high-performance computers, develop new and modify existing input datasets, and develop approaches for projecting current climate assessments for storm surge into future climate scenarios. The postdoctoral associate will write technical reports and scientific papers to present research results and assist in developing proposals for external funding. The position is renewed on an annual basis, for a minimum of 2 years, based on satisfactory performance.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Candidates must have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in physical oceanography, climate science, or a related science or engineering discipline.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Must have an interest in coastal hazards and risk, numerical modeling and methods, and data analysis. A successful candidate will have: (1) a strong quantitative and analytic background, (2) strong programming skills in Fortran and Python or Matlab, and (3) effective communication skills with an ability to work within a multi-disciplinary research team.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Knowledge and experience with numerical modeling applications with the ADCIRC storm surge and wind-wave model is preferred.

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.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/236210.

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