PhD student (R1)

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PhD student (R1)

Closing Date

Saturday, 15 August, 2020
Reference: 226_20_CS_HAMHPC_R1
Job title: PhD student (R1)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 650 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

The Mobile and embedded-based HPC within the Computer Science Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is seeking a PhD student for supporting the research in programming paradigms applied to new compute platforms. The PhD position contributes to the activities of the group within the European Processor Initiative (EPI) project and involves different state-of-the-art tools and platforms (including Arm and RISC-V based ones).

Key Duties

  • Analyze, profile, port and optimize kernels and applications on HPC platforms based on innovative architectural features (e.g., large vectors)
  • Propose hardware and software configurations improving the efficiency of next-generation HPC platforms
  • Support the EPI team and project researchers while deploying and testing their applications on BSC platforms


  • Education
    • M.Sc. studies in Computer Science / Computer Engineering / Computational Physics
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Programming languages (C, C++, Fortran) and scripting languages (Bash, Python)
    • Linux operating system, cluster management, and developer tool chain
    • Parallel and scientific programming environments (OpenMP, MPI, scientific libraries like ATLAS, BLAS, etc.)
    • Performance modelling
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Previous experience in porting parallel application to Arm based systems is beneficial and will be considered
  • Competences
    • Ability to work independently, and in the context of a team/project
    • Ability to organize and prioritize heterogeneous workloads
    • Flexible work schedule and availability to travel
    • Good English communication skills


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Computer Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 1 year renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: 01/09/2020

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV in English including contact details


The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.

Application Form

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