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Associate Director/Lab Director, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory

National Center for Atmospheric Research Published: March 10, 2023
Boulder, CO
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National Center for Atmospheric Research

Associate Director/Lab Director, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory


The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is excited to announce an opening for the NCAR Associate Director/Lab Director to lead the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL). As one of NCAR’s seven laboratories, CISL provides state-of-the-art high-performance computing (HPC) and storage systems, cyberinfrastructure leadership, and expertise in data science, visualization, machine learning, and code optimization to enable the researchers from universities, government agencies, and NCAR to advance climate, weather, and related Earth system science. Although headquartered at the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado, CISL also manages the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which is a LEED Gold facility with Internet 2 connectivity and dedicated staff for operational hosting of computational and data management infrastructure. CISL also manages the Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) program and a Visitor Program. CISL fulfills its mission by leveraging cutting-edge technology and tools across three key initiatives: software development, hardware deployment, and data services.


Reporting to the NCAR Director, this position carries a dual title and role of Director of the Laboratory and NCAR Associate Director. The Lab Director role is responsible for the scientific vision, direction, productivity, innovation capacity, and overall excellence of CISL’s research and development programs, including the formulation and implementation of strategic plans, budgets, and priorities of the lab. These responsibilities are carried out in coordination with the NCAR Director and in close alignment with the NCAR strategic plan and other programmatic priorities. The Lab Director fosters interaction and collaboration between NCAR and UCAR staff and programs as well as the external scientific community. The role of NCAR Associate Director affords responsibility in the overall leadership and management of NCAR. NCAR Associate Directors support the NCAR Director on NCAR-wide matters and in this role act in the best interest of NCAR rather than a particular lab. They serve on the NCAR Executive Committee, foster collaboration across NCAR, may serve as Acting NCAR Director in the absence of the NCAR Director, and can lead initiatives that are NCAR-wide.




Location: Boulder, CO with travel to NWSC as needed.  Ability and willingness to travel including internationally.


Job Type: This position is open to candidates seeking in-person and/or hybrid (combination virtual and on-site presence) positions. The duties of this position do not permit it to be fully remote.


Position Type: Full-time, 5-year term with the possibility of renewal




Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 21, 2023.

Candidates should provide the following materials to complete their application:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae that summarizes your background and experiences as it relates to this position.
  • Cover Letter or Letter of Application that addresses how you meet the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile including specific examples.
  • Inclusion Statement which summarizes your approach to building and leading an inclusive and psychologically safe environment. In your statement, please share specific examples of actions you have taken to build diverse, equitable and inclusive environments in previous roles.

This position offers a hiring salary range of $196,000 to $270,000. The hiring range is for illustrative purposes. NCAR/UCAR strives to pay competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with experience and impact. Information about UCAR's benefits can be found at:


All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including materials responding to the requirements outlined in the Leadership Profile) should be submitted via Isaacson, Miller’s website:


Vijay Saraswat, Partner

Micah Pierce, Partner

Raul Bernal, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Electronic submission of application is required.


The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

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