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Head of IT and Scientific Computing


In 2013, Europe's top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

As part of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, the Institute's research ranges from basic cancer biology through translational cancer research to clinical application. Consisting of over 400 research staff and 70 administrative and support staff, the Institute is engaged in very high quality cancer-related research with substantial emphasis on computationally intensive work including genomic and image analysis. The Institute is scheduled to grow by a further 15% by 2020.

The IT & Scientific Computing team is responsible for the strategic direction of the IT infrastructure, design and implementation of new systems, day to day operational support of client and server systems, and is a source of expertise for training.

We are now recruiting for an experienced Head of IT & Scientific Computing to lead the team in providing the Institute's researchers with access to world class computing and data management facilities to support their work.

Reporting to the Director of Operations, with guidance from the Institute's IT & Scientific Computing Steering Group, the role holder will interact closely with users, peers and external providers. The role holder's particular focus will be to lead the process to refresh the Institute's strategy for Scientific Computing. This will include identifying how these needs are best met by a combination of Institute activity, sharing arrangements with other University resources and the use of third parties, including the possible use of Cloud resources.

This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic IT professional with a proven track record in large scale HPC systems and extensive experience working within a complex IT environment. The successful candidate will have substantial system management experience and be a confident manager of IT specialist staff. They will be flexible, proactive and have demonstrable experience of dealing with diverse client demands with a customer-focused perspective. Experience of a similar working environment will be a distinct advantage.

In return we offer a competitive package and the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment supporting cancer research.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16th April 17. The interview date is TBC.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SW11680 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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