Research Computing Specialist

  • Kelburn
  • Permanent
  • Wed Sep 13 02:50:15 2023
  • 79

  • Are you looking for a permanent role supporting the High-Performance Computing services at the University?
  • Do you have experience in a DevOps environment and knowledge of configuration management tools?
  • Have you got functional and technical knowledge of research technology and methodologies?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Research Computing Specialist to join the Faculty of Engineering on a permanent bases to support the High-Performance Computing services at the University. This role also works closely with the Digital Services who oversee the Raapoi research computing facility.

This role will help the University achieve its goals by ensuring that advanced research computing facilities are designed and made available to support the successful delivery of modern data-intensive research, and by providing expertise to researchers, students, and other staff to support teaching and research programmes who utilise high performance and innovative technology to achieve their goals. This role will be expected to deliver training to academics, post-graduate students and professional staff on modern research methodologies and tools.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be a motivated, highly technical professional with an interest in research.

You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

You will be a highly organised self-starter and natural relationship builder, who relishes working autonomously as well as contributing positively to a high performing team. You will have the ability to apply your skills across many context and research scenarios.

Key Requirements:

  • Proven experience in a DevOps environment, knowledge of configuration management tools such as Ansible, Puppet, and/or Chef.
  • An interest in applications and infrastructure that enable research in data science, artificial intelligence, and digital humanities.
  • Proven experience in managing High Performance Computing environments, especially scheduling environments such as Slurm.
  • In-depth functional and technical knowledge of research technology and methodologies.
  • Experience building and compiling scientific software stacks.
  • Experience using GPUs for computational tasks, such as pytorch, tensorflow.
  • Applied experience in using the Linux shell.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

This is a rare opportunity to develop your career in a collegial and collaborative environment at Victoria University of Wellington. The Faculty’s strategic direction and commitment to collaborative, inter-disciplinary and globally impactful academic work will mean that you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your research computing expertise through engagement in highly innovative research projects.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 05 October 2023

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Mark Davies ( But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Then, please combine your cover letter, CV and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format).

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert. Follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the “CV/Resume” button.

If you have any issues uploading your application, please email the completed application form, cover letter and CV to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.