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SDSU is Hiring

November 28, 2018

South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD is hiring a Cyberinfrastructure Engineer Specialist:

• Assess collaborative institutional research needs, developing a comprehensive plan for sustainable cyber infrastructure.
• Explore, identify, and develop the rationale for structural infrastructure changes through strong business cases to enhance the outcomes of the current and future body of research.
• Grant writing and/or collaboration with others to maximize Division resources to support the university mission.
• Serve as a technical contact for sponsored research projects that require HPC, Storage, and networking services.

• Four year College Degree by start date;
• At least one year of experience in networking;
• Grant writing or outreach in the form of training and working with colleagues at other higher education institutions;
• Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
• Knowledge of TCP/IP, and related standard networking protocols;
• Knowledge of IP routing protocols;
• Experience with cloud-based technologies, including network virtualization, network overlay, Software Defined Networking, and Network Function Virtualization;
• Familiarity with Firewalls, VPNs, IDSs and other network security technologies;
• Familiarity with the configuration of commercial IP routers and Ethernet switches;
• Linux kernel/module development experience;
• Knowledge of C, C++, Java, Python, and/or Perl;
• Familiarity with various commercial and open-source network testing tools;
• Strong interpersonal skills;
• Ability to work as a contributing team member;
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs;
• Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs;
• Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.

NSF Grant: Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 (Mid-scale RI-1)

November 27, 2018

More info

Preliminary Proposal Due Date: February 19, 2019

The Mid-scale RI program provides a competitive opportunity to support research infrastructure of intermediate scales above the MRI and below the MREFC thresholds.

Within Mid-scale RI-1, proposers may submit two types of projects, “Implementation” and “Design”.

Design and Implementation projects may comprise any combination of equipment, infrastructure, computational hardware and software, and necessary commissioning. Design includes planning (preliminary and final design) of research infrastructure with an anticipated total project cost that is appropriate for future Mid-scale RI-1, Mid-scale RI-2 or MREFC-class investments. Mid-scale RI-1 uses an inclusive definition of implementation, which can include traditional stand-alone construction or acquisition and can include a degree of advanced development leading immediately to final system acquisition and/or construction.

NSF Announces this Year’s CC* Grant

More info:

Full Proposal Deadline: February 20, 2019

There are four program areas this year:

  1. Data-Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years;
  2. Regional Connectivity for Small Institutions of Higher Education awards will be supported at up to
    $800,000 total for up to 2 years;
  3. Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years;
  4. Campus Computing and the Computing Continuum awards will be supported at up to $400,000 total for up to 2 years [in some cases these awards are limited to $100,000 total-see Program Area (4)(B) in Section II Program Description]; and
  5. Cyber Team-Research and Education CI-based Regional Facilitation awards will be supported at up to $1,400,000 total for up to 3 years.

NSF Grant: Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

November 19, 2018

More info:

Full Proposal Deadline: February 06, 2019 and January 15, 2020

For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is defined as the set of resources, tools, methods, and services for advanced computation, large-scale data handling and analytics, and networking and security that  enable transformative fundamental research.

This program seeks to grow the national scientific research workforce for supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) to enable science and engineering research.

The goals of this solicitation are to (i) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the research community, (ii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate advanced skills in advanced CI, and add to the nation’s educational curriculum/instructional

Pilot and Implementation projects may target one or both of the solicitation goals, while Large-scale Project Conceptualization projects must address both goals.

This solicitation calls for innovative, scalable training, education, and curriculum/instructional materials—targeting one or both of the solicitation goals—to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering research workforce development, from the postsecondary level to active researchers. The funded activities, spanning targeted, multidisciplinary communities, will lead to transformative changes in the state of research workforce preparedness for advanced CI-enabled research in the short- and long-terms. As part of this investment, this solicitation also seeks to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data-driven science and engineering by a wide range of scientific disciplines and institutions with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. Proposals from, and in partnership with, the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged.

There are three project classes as defined below:

  • Pilot Projects: up to $300,000 total budget with durations up to two years;
  • Implementation Projects: Small (with total budgets of up to $500,000) or Medium(with total budgets of up to $1,000,000) for durations of up to four years; and
  • Large-scale Project Conceptualization Projects: up to $500,000 total budgets with durations up to 2 years.