Scientific Computing Lead - to manage our public and private cloud resources

Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
WHRC offers a competitive salary as well as a very generous benefit package.
Jun 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018
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SUMMARY: The Woods Hole Research Center seeks an experienced scientific computing lead to manage its public and private cloud resources. The successful candidate will work closely with our scientists to optimize their processing workflows. This is not your typical technical position. This role is integral to WHRC’s mission of investigating the causes and effects of climate change. The ideal candidate will have passions for both high performance computing and climate solutions. Time away from the desk to travel for workshops and scientific field expeditions will be an integral and rewarding part of this position. Building a close relationship with scientific teams will be paramount to success.     


  • Provide technical leadership and training to all staff.
  • Work closely with scientific teams to streamline scientific computing workflows for cloud computing environments.

  • Design, develop, and deliver scalable data management and processing architectures.

  • Optimize and support our existing private cloud agreement.

  • Manage our public cloud billing and resource usage at the project level.

  • Identify technology gaps/risks and establish mitigation strategies.

  • Generate metrics to facilitate an understanding of computational strategies and efficiency.

  • Maintain and optimize custom software stack.

  • Setup, training, and orientation for new users.

  • Write tutorials and lead training sessions on programming and data management best practices.

  • Attend workshops, conferences, and scientific field expeditions to build further expertise as well as rapport with scientific staff.

  • Remain up to date with cutting edge methods and proactively work to implement them at WHRC.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, or other quantitative field.
  • 5 or more years of relevant experience, ideally in a scientific computing environment.
  • Ability to design informative and accessible technical training materials.
  • Proven deep technical background including Linux administration.
  • Ability to work in a demanding environment with minimal supervision.
  • Strong track record of implementing cloud-based processing techniques.
  • Administration experience with Azure, AWS, Google Cloud or one of the other major IaaS providers. Google Cloud Platform preferred.
  • A passion for data science including knowledge of at least one high-level programming language. Python and/or R are preferred.
  • Familiarity with database usage and basic administration tasks.  PostgreSQL preferred.
  • Experience leveraging established distributed computing frameworks such as Apache Spark and Hadoop.
  • Experience handling large volumes of spatiotemporal data.


Desired Start Date: August 15, 2018

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. WHRC offers a competitive salary as well as a very generous benefit package.

Application Deadline: July 4, 2018 or until filled.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to  Please type “SCL18” in the subject line.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) is a private, non-profit research organization and acclaimed leader in addressing the great global environmental issues of our time through science and policy. Its core focus is to conduct high quality scientific research, and policy analysis/implementation, on environmental and economic issues. A leader in its field, WHRC has 60 staff members, and attracts some of today’s top experts on global environment issues. For four years running, WHRC has been ranked the world’s #1 climate change think tank by the International Center for Climate Governance.

WHRC has an annual operating budget of $11M, and FY18 is on track to be the most successful fundraising year in the organization’s history. Philanthropic support is vital and allows WHRC to develop and inform worldwide policies and scientific strategies in response to climate change. The Center conducts research throughout the Amazon, the Arctic, central Africa, and North America, and collaborates with a wide variety of partners to understand the causes and impacts of climate change and to implement more science-based policies. Dollars raised support complex worldwide research, education and policy formulation in the areas of arctic warming, tropical deforestation, conservation and restoration. Approximately 40% of the Center’s funding currently comes from competitive federal research grants awarded to the scientists. The Center also receives significant programmatic support from private foundations and individuals.  We are an equal opportunity employer.