Technical Lead for Analytics and Computation
Desert Research Institute - Reno, NV

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The Applied Innovation Center (AIC) aims to develop commercially relevant solutions to real-world problems through the integration of data analysis (data acquisition, communication, processing, and management), cyber-physical systems (real time stream processing, sensor-actuator networks, time-frequency analysis, control solutions), high performance computing (model development, simulation, predictive analysis, model and data interoperability, custom software development), and advanced visualization, prototyping, and tool development (graphics programming, visual analytics, virtual reality and prototyping, 3D printing, decision support tools). Projects may include one, a few, or all of the components mentioned above. The Technical Lead has the primary responsibility of leading the computational components of AIC projects, providing day-to-day oversight and supervision of relevant activities, and supporting R&D activities. This individual works with the AIC Business Development Lead in identifying new and unique approaches that potentially could catalyze diversification and innovation in core and emerging technologies in the Nevada and greater areas. He or she also helps the AIC Business Development Lead understand the technical feasibility associated with business development opportunities. The Technical Lead works with DRI's IT staff and faculty in achieving information technology and computational capabilities needed to support existing and potential AIC projects. AIC projects may result from external opportunities as well as those from DRI faculty. This individual also manages and supports projects so that work is accomplished to high professional standards and completed on time and on budget, while providing support to existing collaborations and development of new opportunities. The AIC is under the direction of the Vice President for Research of the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the Technical Lead for Analytics and Computation will serve as the primary point of contact in the day-to-day computationally related technical operations and development of the AIC. The Technical Lead serves as a mentor to AIC personnel by providing input on development training and intellectual property objectives. A primary function of this position is promoting the AIC in commercialization efforts by formulating objectives related to asset development and licensing, interfacing with DRI commercialization entities and private and public sector entities. This individual will need to assist with translating scientific ideas into practical solutions using the fee-based business model that the AIC is founded upon.

The AIC will interact with businesses within and outside Nevada to help translate scientific ideas into practical solutions using a fee-based business model. The AIC will specialize in one of the highest probable growth areas for technological innovation and economic impact: information technology, data science, and engineering for intelligent systems and operations. The individual hired will also work as a member of a broader team to promote the success of the AIC, interact with DRI researchers, and support external clients with cost effective and timely solutions that best fit the need of the client's projects.

Required Qualifications:
As the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 550 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI generates nearly $50 million in total annual revenue. DRI's faculty members are untenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high-quality environmental science in a businesslike fashion.

Master's in Science, Engineering or a related field from an accredited institution.

Minimum of 8 years of proven, progressive experience in successfully developing and effectively managing large multi-collaborator projects.

Minimum of 8 years of experience working with High Performance Systems (HPC) systems.

Minimum of 5 years in a science or engineering leadership role with a corresponding experience effectively managing a technical staff.

Demonstrated background and knowledge in data analysis, cyber-physical systems, high performance computing and visualization. Experience in developing systems involving all of these components.

Excellent communicator and enthusiastic team player

Excellent customer service and ability to interact professionally with internal and external clients

US citizenship

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Science, Engineering or a related field from an accredited institution

Proven track record of successful and sustained technical development, business development, and technical innovation in data analysis, cyber-physical systems, HPC, and visualization.

Proven inventor of a device, software or algorithm related to HPC or data analysis.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Due to project export control oversight duties and compliance of this position, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States and the finalist will be required to submit to a finger print background check due to the position being security sensitive.

The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date of the position, a copy of the transcript(s) up to the highest degree he/she acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Posting Date:
03-25-2014

Closing Date:
Open Until Filled

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