Manager, Scientific Computing

AI Engineering & Technology · Toronto, Ontario
Department AI Engineering & Technology
Employment Type Full Time - Professional Staff
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor


The Vector Institute is seeking a Manager, Scientific Computing to join our growing team in Toronto as we continue the work of making Canada a center of expertise for AI in the world.


The Manager of Scientific Computing will build and coach a highly-skilled team who will develop and maintain tools that support transparent growth and appropriate resource sharing policies for advanced research computing in artificial intelligence. The Manager will report directly to the VP of AI Engineering and Chief Information Officer.


The incumbent will play a key role in the building and future maintenance of an artificial intelligence high-performance computing environment for world class research in machine learning. This role will primarily support scientific computing needs such as library support, compiling, and hardware and software evolution.


This leadership position is expected to have a hands-on, problem-solving approach to managing and troubleshooting environments and a proven track record of integrating best-in-class software systems in budget and on time and within budget. 



  • Along with members of Vector’s senior management team, build, develop, and manage a team of information technology support personnel to execute Vector’s scientific computing objectives;
  • Oversee the planning, general execution and maintenance of complex computing arrangements, equipment, and appropriate technical support necessary for research in deep learning, machine learning, and applied artificial intelligence research;
  • Develop, operate, and maintain Vector’s scientific computing needs in accordance with Vector’s policies;
  • Provide advice to Vector’s senior management team and serve as an expert point of contact within Vector on computing equipment and information technology;
  • Work with the senior management team to advise on the communication of corporate strategy and reporting requirements in respect to computing equipment and information technology, including public reporting;
  • Manage Vector’s scientific computing equipment and technology requirements within budget;
  • Support researchers in all their computing needs;
  • Assist in general enterprise IT operations as required;
  • Collaborate with the AI engineering team to develop and integrate new software capabilities;
  • Work with Vector’s partners in the Advanced Research Computing (ARC) community to define and execute a strategy to provide specialized AI compute capabilities to the Vector research community, including input on program design for public funding;
  • Work with partners to provide specialized compute for health sector research and development; and,
  • Define and execute cybersecurity policies and controls to support productivity and mitigate risks.



  • Ensures the smooth functioning of the scientific computing systems, by undertaking troubleshooting, maintenance, and installation tasks.
  • Effectively manages and develops a team of scientific computing support personnel.
  • Researchers, engineers, sponsors, and partners feel supported in all other scientific computing needs.
  • Builds and maintains tools that facilitate the automated or direct administration of network and computing infrastructure, in private data centre, public cloud, and local workstations.



  • Graduate degree in computer science, engineering or another relevant field preferred
  • 3-5 years of managerial experience in a fast-paced, innovative environment
  • Experience in a systems administration or management role in a UNIX/Linux environment or complex computing environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency in programming and automation, with experience in devops and/or systems reliability engineering preferred
  • Experience in managing and troubleshooting environments using mostly open-source software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to lead technical discussions
  • Experience working within a research environment is considered an asset
  • Ability to work autonomously, prioritize, multi-task, and problem solve in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Effective conflict and dispute resolution skills
  • Ability to be proactive, addressing potential problems before they occur
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Systems engineering and troubleshooting skills

Please address applications (cover letter and resume) to Kailyn Burke, Human Resources Business Partner, using the link provided. Review of applications will begin on August 23, 2021. We thank all applicants for their interest in this exciting opportunity and will be in touch with those whose qualifications most closely match with our needs.

Please note that all interviews are currently being held remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Vector Institute we are committed to driving excellence and leadership in Canada’s knowledge, creation, and use of AI to foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians. We strive for greater inclusion in the programs and culture that we build by welcoming and encouraging applications from all qualified candidates. This includes but is not limited to applicants who are indigenous, LGBT2Q+, racialized persons/visible minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

If you require an accommodation at any point throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact and we will happily work with you to meet your needs.

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  • Location
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Department
    AI Engineering & Technology
  • Employment Type
    Full Time - Professional Staff
  • Minimum Experience