CIP - Cyberinfrastructure Professional Fellows Program

Sunday, October 1, 2023 - Thursday, December 12, 2024

This event will be held remotely.

Applications are now being accepted for Winter 2024. 
CyberTraining: Training and Developing a Research Computing and Data (RCD) CI Professionals Community. This is a joint program between UC San Diego, San Diego State and CSU San Bernardino partners to develop a CIP workforce. 

Program Overview

A critical role within scientific research teams is the cyberinfrastructure (CI) professional who has interdisciplinary skills that bridge the science, engineering, and computing specialties. Readily finding such personnel, with the necessary experience needed to navigate CI ecosytems has become a bottleneck for many projects. The Cyberinfrastructure Professional (CIP) Fellows Program is designed to address this need by training and mentoring a team of interdisciplinary Researcher-Facing (CARCC) CI Professionals with individualized training program in advanced computing and workforce development topics, embedding them into institutional departments, teaching them how to support and facilitate research projects, fostering a long-term CIP community, and defining sustainable career paths specifically for these kinds of professionals.

Eligible candidates include those who have domain science and/or computing backgrounds and want to advance their skills in CI, HPC, data science, and have an interest in facilitating scientific research teams who need to use CI resources and services. Potential candidates include: CI research support staff, software engineers, and system administrators,  data curators, computational research scientists and engineers, and CI facilitators (people who work directly with researchers to help them to make effective use of Cyberinfrastructure (CI). The creation of these new CIP-Fellow positions supports the goal of creating long-term career development paths and opening doors to new opportunities for CI Professionals. 

The CIP-Fellows program is seeking candidates who have the appropriate science and/or computing background and the motivation to work with research teams. [see below]

How It Works

Our training approach demonstrates a pedagogical method that is part and parcel of how to develop this unique type of CIP workforce. Namely, it is the combination of individual training, being embedded into projects, coupled with ongoing mentoring, that will most effectively develop personnel with the array of needed skills. Once a Fellow is selected, we will design a customized training program with the goal that they can acquire the combination of technical competencies and soft skills needed to work independently with research teams and to facilitate team research. Training topics can include parallel programming concepts, HPC skills, data management, data sciences skills, AI/ML skills, scientific domain applications and libraries, working on different HPC architectures, and workforce development skills.  A core activity will include giving the CIP-Fellows the opportunity to work on science research efforts identified by the NSF ACCESS MATCH program. 

The outcome of this program can be considered to be analogous to many professional degree programs that have to combine concepts and practice. In some cases, training will result in certificates or badges (depending on the program). In other cases, CIP-Fellows will be encouraged to develop and present training material.

How to Apply

This program is a 3-campus partnership between UC San Diego and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), San Diego State University and CSU San Bernardino. Our flexible, customized training program allows us to support CIP-Fellow trainees over 12-18 months, before transitioning into long-term positions at their home institutions. Potential candidates will work with their local CIP-Fellows site leads to determine eligibility and funding.  Based on available funding, each institution will host 1-4 positions locally at typically 25-50%. Candidates will receive funding while working through the CIP program. CIP-Fellows will work in established departments at their home institutions where they will be able to apply their new knowledge to real world situations.

Open Enrollment to start:

  • Winter: January 2024

To Learn More
If you, a staff or faculty member are interested in learning more about this program please submit an inquiry and a site lead will be in contact with you. We welcome and encourage any questions you have about the program.  

Ready to Apply
The application will ask for a letter of support and applicant resume. See Apply link. 

The interdisciplinary training program is supported by NSF, award number 2230127.