High Performance Computing Lead

Institute of Cancer Research - Information Technology

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, we lead the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.  Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top four cancer centres globally. The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR) is looking to appoint a High Performance Computing (HPC) Lead as part of a transformative Digital Programme at ICR.

The ICR is undertaking a transformative programme to embed Big Data infrastructure and software into our research. The Institute has operated a number of HPC systems over the last six years; more recently it has deployed its new infrastructure into an off-site data centre. This includes a new 1,000 core system tailored for processing Next Generation Sequencing data and a new £3M central storage platform to store and share the Institute’s research data.

The ICR seeks to appoint a senior HPC professional to manage a small team which develops and administers the HPC infrastructure and services and supports researcher users. In addition the post holder will be expected to operate the facilities as a sustainable service which grows in capacity and function in order to respond to a changing research landscape.

As well as a demonstrable track record of deep Linux skills, job HPC schedulers, parallel file systems and an awareness of related fields such as Big Data platforms, knowledge of one or more of DevOps, OpenStack and process management with container-type technology would be of particular interest.

Candidates must have strong inter-personal skills and will be expected to develop close working relationships with the research community as well as developing the HPC team. The post-holder will report to the Head of Scientific Computing but also be expected to report and provide strategic guidance to senior managers within the in Institute.

Candidates will be educated to degree level and having experience of a research environment will be advantageous.

Candidates must have experience of the administration and service delivery of HPC platforms.

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