eResearch Specialist

Location
Townsville, Australia
Posted
19 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2018
Ref
16511
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The eResearch Specialist raises awareness about the availability of Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) infrastructure and cloud computing services for researchers including access to High Performance Computing (HPC) machines, Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) storage allocations, National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) virtual machines and National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) supercomputing facilities.

Division of Research and Innovation

The Division of Research and Innovation plays a pivotal role in the University by developing and implementing research policy, identifying and fostering research strength, and promoting and coordinating collaboration with governments, industry, publicly funded research agencies and other universities.

The Division is comprised of: Policy and Projects, Research Infrastructure Directorate, Research Services, Graduate Research School, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The Cairns Institute. The Division of Research and Innovation plays a pivotal role in the University by developing and implementing research policy, identifying and fostering research strength, and promoting and coordinating collaboration with governments, industry, publicly funded research agencies and other universities. The Division is comprised of: Policy and Projects, Research Infrastructure Directorate, Research Services, Graduate Research School, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The Cairns Institute.

Research Infrastructure Directorate 

The Research Infrastructure Directorate enables and engages in high quality research by providing research facilities and expertise to JCU and external researchers. The Research Infrastructure Facilities: eResearch Centre, Advanced Analytical Centre, Orpheus Island Research Station, Daintree Rainforest Observatory, Fletcherview Research Station, Marine and Aquaculture Research Facility, R.V. James Kirby, and Boating and Diving unit; facilitate research, providing a support framework, expert discipline and technical knowledge, experimental and instrumental capabilities, data capture, management and analytics and play a role in education and engagement.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Research and innovation

Research Infrastructure Directorate 

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Assist researchers apply for storage and computer services from the QRIScloud service portal including supporting researchers whom are awarded RDSI storage allocations to move their data onto QRIScloud from local desktop storage.
  2. Promote national computational facilities, including publicising, and helping researchers to apply for QCIF’s share of the NCI supercomputer and act as a local ‘account manager’ for QCIF clients.
  3. Profile JCU’s research groups (via a standard survey instrument) and work with them to identify opportunities to leverage QRIScloud infrastructure to enhance their research.
  4. Assist with identification of local JCU HPC cluster work that could be migrated to QRIScloud freeing up resources for JCU and interact with the JCU HPRC group (Information and Communications Technology) to promote the integration between JCU’s research computing infrastructure and QCIF QRIScloud infrastructure.
  5. Build a database of research contacts at JCU to assist QCIF in promoting its services.
  6. Help develop and foster communities of practice around certain QRIScloud tools including BCCVL and assist with investigating tools to facilitate large file sharing and storage.
  7. Promote QCIF developed tools such as Quadrant and RedBox and Zoom for video conferencing. 
  8. Prepare regular reports for the Team Leader, QCIF eResearch Analyst on activities and attend statewide virtual meetings.
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Descriptors

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical

Level 7

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.  

  1. The eResearch Specialist is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The eResearch Specialist is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. 
  3. The eResearch Specialist is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

Essential

  1. Degree qualification in Information Technology with relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant IT support experience and/or education and/or training.
  2. Demonstrated high level oral communication and interpersonal skills to work within a team, and under multiple reporting lines, engaging with researchers and other technology specialists to deliver effective outcomes.
  3. Proven ability or the ability to acquire skills in research data management, data access and movement technologies and techniques with a proven ability to deploy a range of end-user focused data-related software technologies across different operating systems and storage back-ends (i.e. deploying desk-top computing tools for data movement and migration).
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of any particular research discipline specific data standard and/or techniques for storage and access, including proven ability to implement, develop and/or modify data access and transformation tools.

Desirable

  1. Understanding of RIF-CS and ANDS Australian Research Data Commons projects.
  2. Previous experience with web development projects.