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Head of Research Computing and Support Services

University of Oxford - University Administration and Services (UAS) - IT Services

The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Our research plays a key role in tackling many global challenges, from reducing our carbon emissions to developing vaccines during a pandemic.

We have an exciting opportunity to join the University as the Head of Research Computing and Support Services, based in IT Services.

IT Services is a key department that ensures that the University has the reliable and high-performing IT facilities it requires to support the distinctive needs of those engaged in teaching, learning, research and administration. We value and recognise our own and the contribution of others, creating a great culture to work in and a place where we all feel we belong.

What We Offer

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees’ wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

  • An excellent contributory pension scheme
  • 38 days annual leave
  • A comprehensive range of childcare services
  • Family leave schemes
  • Cycle loan scheme
  • Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans
  • Opportunity to agree a pattern of regular remote working 

The University also runs an enormous number of social groups and sports clubs for those looking for more than just a great place to work.

About the Role

Reporting to the Director of Infrastructure Services, the Head of Research Computing and Support Services is the head of a significant delivery group supporting high performance and high throughput compute platforms and delivering research support services to staff and students across all four academic divisions of the University. You will play a leading role in the management of IT Services with key responsibilities in the development of the University’s long-term IT strategic plan for research support.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have significant experience of delivering IT services to support research, whether in the higher education, charitable or commercial sectors, together with the capability to lead teams of expert technical professionals. The portfolio attached to this role is complex and demanding. You will be comfortable balancing strategic thinking with operational tasks; with developing and sustaining senior stakeholder relationships whilst preparing business cases and managing budgets. Ideally, you will have sufficient technical expertise to articulate the future directions of computational and information technologies to enable innovative research, and the confidence to direct a portfolio of transformational projects.

Application Process

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV, and details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 12 October at 12:00 midday.

Interviews are expected to take place virtually on Tuesday 18 October.

Individuals considering an application for this post are encouraged to contact Dr Michael Fraser, mike.fraser@it.ox.ac.uk, for an informal discussion.

Location: Oxford
Salary: £58,284 to £67,541 per annum. Grade 10
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd September 2022
Closes: 12th October 2022
Job Ref: 160614
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