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Director, Holland Computing Center

University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Jan 7, 2022

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The University of Nebraska is launching a search for a new Director to lead the Holland Computing Center, a nationally recognized resource that provides high-performance computing and cyberinfrastructure systems and services to advance the research mission of the University of Nebraska. Established in 2009 and consistently funded by the National Science Foundation, the University, and the state of Nebraska, the Holland Computing Center (HCC) maintains a physical presence at the University’s Lincoln and Omaha campuses and is staffed by system and storage administrators, programmers, database experts, and training specialists who work directly with researchers.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Director will bring vision and leading-edge expertise in high performance computing (HPC) and high throughput computing (HTC) to shape and steward these investments and to realize the full potential of the distinctive opportunity set that institutional strategy, timing, and regional growth have created. The Director ensures that HCC has the depth and breadth of technical knowledge to engage academic researchers and staff and provides high-level technical direction in alignment with this mission. Core responsibilities include developing use-cases for research computing programs and services, developing and maintaining software and hardware platforms and data-storage systems; and providing training and support services for faculty and student users whether beginner or advanced. The Director creates and sustains an inclusive and equitable environment in which staff can excel and grow professionally and personally.

The Director of HCC will play a key role in shaping the future of research computing at the University of Nebraska and will contribute to the next wave of computing innovations in a collaborative and competitive national arena. The Director will be a strategic leader with a compelling vision for the future of HPC, HTC, cyberinfrastructure, and the applications and services that enable researchers to make full use of computing resources to advance knowledge and health. The successful candidate will be someone who combines this breadth of vision with a leadership style characterized by collaboration, transparency, and community engagement and a management practice that is inclusive, consultative, and empowering.

The Director of HCC will hold a full time, 12-month position with a full range of health and retirement benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Appointment as tenured faculty will be considered for candidates with a record of distinguished scholarship, research, and teaching. The tenure home of such a successful applicant will depend upon candidate interest and background. Alternate kinds of faculty appointment such as Research Professor are possible depending on qualifications.

Candidates will possess a range of qualifications and competencies, some required, others preferred. To be considered, candidates must possess:


  • A doctorate or other terminal degree in computer science or related discipline, or in another field with significant accomplishments in advanced use of high-performance or high-throughput computing resources
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in the development and/or operation of advanced computing resources relevant to computationally driven domain fields such as high-performance computing, high-throughput computing, and cyberinfrastructure
  • Experience leading and supervising personnel
  • A track record of advancing equity, inclusivity, and diversity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to develop and maintain constructive and professional relationships with a variety of stakeholders


  • National and/or international leadership experience in computational science and/or research computing such as engagement in regional, national, or international organizations and initiatives related to high-performance, high-throughput computing, or cyberinfrastructure
  • A track record of forming and sustaining partnerships across disciplines, schools or colleges, or other organizational lines
  • Experience with federal funding agencies such as developing and submitting grant proposals, working with program officers, serving on review panels, or advancing projects with federal funds
  • Experience serving as Principal Investigator or other major/significant contributor on research and/or infrastructure grants
  • Familiarity with/knowledge of policies governing research integrity and research compliance
  • Experience overseeing budgets and engaging in strategic financial planning

A comprehensive description of the Director position can be found here.

The University of Nebraska has engaged Opus Partners to assist this search. Craig Smith, Partner, and Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate, are leading the search. To seek additional information, or nominate qualified candidates, please email Thomas Lapierre at  

To apply, view requisition F_210212 at Review of applications begins Monday, January 17, 2022. An application should include a CV and cover letter. Letters should highlight relevant experience, explain interest and motivation, and describe an initial vision for leading the Holland Computing Center. Furthermore, the University of Nebraska values diversity, equity, and inclusion and will seek a leader who is committed to promoting these values in leading HCC. We encourage candidates to describe initiatives and accomplishments they have led or participated in that have lowered barriers and increased participation by historically under-represented groups and to address how they might advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as the HCC Director.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

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