Research Technology Announcements

Highlighting the latest in research technology updates, hiring opportunities, and general announcements.

Call for HPC Contrib Nodes (2021-2022)

The Research Technology team would like to remind everyone that this is the perfect time to purchase last minute contrib nodes on Tufts High Performance Compute (HPC) cluster. Additionally, if you are planning to make HPC purchases during the 2021-2022 fiscal year, it is always a good idea to give us a heads up in order to ensure availability of network ports, power and other dependencies. We are here to help you!

The HPC contrib model provides guaranteed resource access to contributed capacity for your research group and adds additional capacity to the entire Tufts HPC resource pool when contrib nodes are not occupied by owners. It is a great investment for your lab as well as for Tufts HPC community. We are happy to help you obtain official quotes on CPUs nodes, GPUs nodes, High memory nodes, FPGA, as well as storage.

Please contact us at tts-research@tufts.edu if you are interested in HPC contrib nodes purchasing.

4/27/21 Opening for bioinformatics student researcher 

DISC and Research Technology have an open position for an advanced undergraduate or graduate student researcher for the summer of 2021. The project involves data analysis and methods development for `omics research, as part of the DISC multi-omics study group. The student will work closely with Bioinformatics researchers in DISC to develop methods for integrative analysis of single-cell RNA sequencing data and whole exome sequencing data.  
 

  • Hours: 20-40 hours/week for the months of June-August 2021, hours and pay rate depend on availability and experience
  • Supervisor: Rebecca Batorsky and Paola Sebastiani
  • Required skills: proficiency in Linux and R as well as coursework and/or demonstrated interest in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics

Please email Rebecca.Batorsky@tufts.edu for more information.

CLOSED 09/01/2021 Student Research Computing Specialists

DEPARTMENT SUMMARY 

Tufts Technology Services (TTS) is a university-wide service organization dedicated to the strategic planning, implementation, and support of technology products and services that anticipate and meet the academic, research, and business needs of the Tufts community. TTS offers technical leadership and services to our customers with a focus on providing innovative solutions, delivering exceptional customer service, and creating a reliable infrastructure that demonstrates value to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Tufts University. TTS works in partnership with schools, business units, and other academic support organizations to provide campus-wide IT services in the areas of academic and research technology, enterprise application systems and services, networking and telecommunications, information security, data center operations, web services, classroom and computer lab technology support, and user support, training, and outreach.

JOB SUMMARY 

The Research Computing (RC) team is looking to hire two students for our Student Research Computing Specialist I & II positions. Under the guidance, training, and clear instructions from the HPC Specialist and Sr. Data Consult, the RC Student will perform duties similar to an event coordinator, web-content, documentation and help-desk specialist. S/he will also take a part in coordinating Research Technology (RT) workshops and other events. S/he will assist with content management on the new RT website. The key to this position's success is to quickly absorb Research Technology procedures and help improve the workflow through updates of documents and procedures which are used in supporting the research community across 12 schools and 4 campuses (https://www.tufts.edu/schools)

Applicants should be an innovative, tech savvy problem-solver who is detail oriented, organized and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Most importantly, s/he should have a strong commitment to following instructions, as well as being timely and responsive when it comes to tasks assigned. We welcome all applicants from a variety of backgrounds, fields and interests. 

If you are interested in any of the positions below, please send a cover letter and resume to tts-research@tufts.edu

 

Job Title

Student Research Computing Specialist I

Target Majors: 

All applicants from a variety of backgrounds, fields of interests are welcomed 

Assignment: 

TTS Research Technology

Job Address: 

Tufts University, Medford/Somerville Campus, 16 Dearborn Rd., Somerville, MA 02144 

NOTE: Remote work a possibility for right candidate

Is Location MBTA Accessible? 

Yes 

Hours Per Week: 

10-15 hours/week

Time Frame:  

Fall and Spring semesters, maybe Summer

Preferred Days of Week: 

M – F 

Work Hours: 

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM NOTE: hours are flexible for right candidate

Pay Rate: 

$18.00 /hour 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Assist users with basic cluster and storage questions.
  • Assist with content management on the new RT website (e.g., updating/creating new pages, etc.)
  • Develop and update new and existing documents, FAQs, help pages, and marketing materials (newsletters, poster, etc.).
  • Assist with workshop/events coordination (e.g., room and AV reservations, posting, follow-ups, chat moderator, etc.)
  • Operations work (priority)
    • work on incoming ticket and consult on escalation path 
    • After solid training
      • handle cluster account creation
      • cluster storage access
      • research storage request
      • storage quota management
  • Project based 
    • HPC Documentation
      • Updating and formatting HPC user guides
      • Test and migrate old HPC info from wiki
      • Update RT/HPC website
    • Assist Sr. Data Consultant with data management related projects 
      • E.g., clean-up of daily report for Cluster storage and Rstore Drive

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Basic computer knowledge/usage of Macs or Windows
  • Ability to efficiently manage time, multi-task as needed, and effectively navigate shifting priorities  
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work effectively as a member of a team as well an ability to work independently 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization 
  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality 
  • Customer focus 
  • Creativity and entrepreneurial thinking; capacity to make innovative use of knowledge, information, and opportunities 
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Must be able to handle sensitive situations and data and maintain utmost privacy and confidentiality 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Familiarity with available research technologies at Tufts 
  • Knowledge of web fundamentals  
  • Having been given a set of resources to draw from, the ability and desire to learn independently 
  • Strong sense of curiosity and some ability to analyze data to answer questions 

Feel free to apply on HandShake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/5232869) or by sending your cover letter and resume to tts-research@tufts.edu

 

Job Title

Student Research Computing Specialist II

Target Majors: 

All applicants from a variety of backgrounds, fields of interests are welcomed 

Assignment: 

TTS Research Technology

Job Address: 

Tufts University, Medford/Somerville Campus, 16 Dearborn Rd., Somerville, MA 02144 

NOTE: Remote work a possibility for right candidate

Is Location MBTA Accessible? 

Yes 

Hours Per Week: 

10-15 hours/week

Time Frame:  

Fall and Spring semesters, maybe Summer

Preferred Days of Week: 

M – F 

Work Hours: 

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM NOTE: hours are flexible for right candidate

Pay Rate: 

$19.00 /hour 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Project based 
    • Basic and advanced troubleshooting on Tufts High Performance Compute (HPC) Cluster.
    • HPC Documentation
      • Updating and formatting HPC user guides
      • Test and migrate old HPC info from wiki
      • Update RT/HPC website
    • Assist Sr. Data Consultant with data management related projects 
      • e.g., clean-up of daily report for Cluster storage and Rstore Drive
  • Assist users with basic cluster and storage questions.
  • Assist with content management on the new RT website (e.g., updating/creating new pages, etc.)
  • Develop and update new and existing documents, FAQs, help pages, and marketing materials (newsletters, poster, etc.).
  • Assist with workshop/events coordination (e.g., room and AV reservations, posting, follow-ups, chat moderator, etc.)
  • Operations work (priority)
    • work on incoming ticket and consult on escalation path 
    • handle cluster account creation
    • cluster storage access
    • research storage request
    • storage quota management

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Knowledge of web fundamentals  
  • Familiar with at least one coding/scripting language: Bash, Python, R, MATLAB, C, C++, Fortran, .etc.
  • Basic computer knowledge/usage of Macs or Windows
  • Ability to efficiently manage time, multi-task as needed, and effectively navigate shifting priorities  
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work effectively as a member of a team as well an ability to work independently 
  • Customer focused, strong communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization (e.g.,faculty, staff, students, etc.)
  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality of support
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Must be able to handle sensitive situations and data and maintain utmost privacy and confidentiality 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Familiarity with available research technologies at Tufts 
  • Familiar with and interested in open-source software installations in Linux environment.
  • Advance skills in Bash, Python, R, MATLAB, C, C++, Fortran, .etc.
  • Demonstrated technical and innovative problem-solving skills. 
  • Having been given a set of resources to draw from, the ability and desire to learn independently 
  • Strong sense of curiosity and some ability to analyze data to answer questions 
  • Creativity and entrepreneurial thinking; capacity to make innovative use of knowledge, information, and opportunities 

Feel free to apply on HandShake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/5232914) or by sending your cover letter and resume to tts-research@tufts.edu