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IU seeks cloud research support engineers

Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute launches new project to explore the impact of human resources in the use of cloud-based cyberinfrastructure

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— The Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University (PTI@IU) announces today that it is launching a project to explore, advance, and develop evidence of the impact of the use of human resources—also known as "humanware"—to support and increase the use of cloud-based cyberinfrastructure (CI) by researchers in university environments in North America. Funding from Microsoft Corporation supports the project.

Humanware describes the critical importance of people in the provision of CI—as opposed to just hardware, software, and advanced networks—supporting research in the twenty-first century. This concept is based on decades of experience and success in broad areas of leveraging IT support resources, as use of technology became decentralized and distributed starting in the 1990s. The concept of humanware—called out in the 2011 NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure Task Force on Campus Bridging—has a 25-year track record in successfully enabling the effective use of information technology in higher education environments. 


Candidates are invited to email an "intent to apply" to by close of business on November 23, 2018.

Indiana University is a leader in the development of concepts, programs, and processes that enabled successful adoption of humanware approaches across higher education, and sees this new endeavor as yet another way in which the concept will be applied. This project will demonstrate that this established concept can be successfully applied to a new area—specifically to aid in the adoption and successful use of cloud-based resources as a key element of CI supporting research. The project will explore and illuminate the potential (positive) impact of humanware has on increasing ROI in the use of cloud-based CI, as well as the potential (positive) impact of the use of cloud-based CI on increasing ROI of research endeavors in higher education in North America.

To advance the project, PTI@IU also today announced that it is seeking a limited number of qualified individuals to fulfill the role of cloud research support engineer (CRSE). A total of up to six awards will be made. Qualified candidates will be currently engaged in cyberinfrastructure-supported research across any specific discipline at Carnegie-classified doctoral universities. Candidates must be positioned in research-intensive roles and classified as research associate or post-doctorate fellows at their institutions. Interested candidate CRSEs may get more information about applying at

CRSEs who are selected will be supported via an honorarium of up to $2,000 per month in conducting project-related efforts to develop support for the use of cloud-based cyberinfrastructure at their institutions and demonstrate the value of cloud computing environments in their own research. The period of support will be from January 2019 through June 2019.  CRSEs will also receive a grant of time on Microsoft Azure’s cloud computing environments. Candidates will have other support provided to them, including funds for project-related travel and events hosted on their campuses to engage researchers, faculty, and students. They will also be provided with an allocation of cloud computing ‘credits’ for use in their efforts or in supporting the work of constituent researchers.

Candidates are invited to email an intent to apply to by close of business on November 23, 2018. Closing date for proposals is December 7, 2018. Evaluation of proposals will commence upon receipt and awards may be made to qualified candidates immediately. Final announcement of awards will occur no later than December 15, 2018.

About the Pervasive Technology Institute

IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute is a collaborative organization with seven affiliated research and development centers, representing collaboration among the IU Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO (which leads the effort), University Information Technology Services, the Maurer School of Law, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. Its mission is to transform new innovations in cyberinfrastructure and computer science into robust tools and support the use of such tools in academic and private sector research and development. IU PTI does this while aiding the Indiana economy and helping to build Indiana’s twenty-first century workforce.