Leading Researcher (R4)

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Leading Researcher (R4)

Closing Date

Wednesday, 15 July, 2020
Reference: 169_20_CS_WDC_R4
Job title: Leading Researcher (R4)

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 Computer Sciences (CS) department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center aims at carrying out research and development to influence the way computing machines are built, programmed and used. The Workflows and Distributed Computing (WDC) group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center aims at carrying out research on programming models for distributed computing. More specifically, this group is contributing to the research community with PyCOMPSs/COMPSs programming model. PyCOMPSs/COMPSs is a task-based programming model that enables the parallel execution of serial tasks in distributed computing environments. PyCOMPSs/COMPSs is able to integrate with persistent storage frameworks in order to support the access to persistent data in a transparent way. Two backends for the persistent storage layer are developed by the group: dataClay, an object-oriented active storage solution; and Hecuba, a solution based on key-value databases. The CS department is looking for a group manager to lead this group, both from managerial and research/technical points of view.

Key Duties

  • Management of the WDC group inside the CS department at BSC; the candidate will report to the CS department directors.
  • Envision and supervision of research and development activities.
  • Leading of funded projects in the WDC group.
  • Active role in looking for public and private funding, ensuring the financial sustainability of the WDC group.
  • Contribution to the strategic activities of the department.
  • Participation in strategic roles in international initiatives.


  • Education
    • PhD on Computer Sciences or related
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience on leading research groups.
    • Experience on European funded projects or similar.
    • Experience in research contracts with industry.
    • Research and development experience in the area of distributed computing.
    • Expertise in parallel programming .
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge in the area of storage technologies.
    • Knowledge in performance analysis.
    • Participation in international committees defining the future of HPC technologies.
  • Competences
    • Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued.
    • Ability to interact with people.


  • 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 - Permanent contract 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: 01/08/2020

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A motivation letter with a statement of interest, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered
  • A full CV 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.

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