Earth Sciences scientist support engineer (RE1/RE2)

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Earth Sciences scientist support engineer (RE1/RE2)

Closing Date

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018


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 500 staff from 44 countries.

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Context And Mission
Within the Earth Sciences Department of Barcelona Supercomputing Center, led by Prof Francisco Doblas-Reyes, the climate prediction group aims at developing a climate prediction capability for time scales ranging from a few weeks to a few decades into the future (sub-seasonal to decadal climate prediction) and from regional to global scales.

In the framework of the H2020 PRIMAVERA and EUCP projects, which will deliver novel, advanced and well-evaluated high-resolution global climate models as well an innovative European ensemble climate prediction system, the successful applicant will join the Computational Earth Sciences group to provide technical support for other researchers and develop scientific codes to develop and renew workflow tools suitable for the needs of the department. This work will be carried out interacting closely with the Climate Prediction group.
Key Duties
  • The applicant will provide technical support for running scientific experiments using workflow tools. Hence, special emphasis will be placed to improve the existing workflow solutions by making their codes more flexible and robust, as well as efficient from a computational point of view. This will entail optimizing the operational scripts to adapt them to the needs of the group as well as developing new features to improve the capabilities and efficiency of the current solutions. The applicant will also provide the support necessary to solve the problems found by other researchers and engineers and to integrate their solutions into the workflow software at the department. The codes will be appropriately documented and updated using SVN and GIT tools.
  • Education
    • Having a Bachelor in Computer Science, Telecommunications, Physics or related discipline


  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Excellent computing skills in high-level computer languages (especially FORTRAN and C/C++) languages (bash, Python …)
    • Good knowledge of object-oriented programming
    • Excellent understanding of both Git and SVN
    • Experience with UNIX/LINUX environments and scripting


  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Previous experience in a scientific area related to the position, in particular climate or ocean modeling will be valued
    • Previous experience in HPC architecture and parallel programming (multi-threaded applications) will be valued
    • Previous experience in big projects handling huge codes and moving considerable aumounts of data will be valued


  • Competences
    • Excellent problem-solving skills
    • Proactive attitude and motivation to improve already existing solutions
    • Ability to take initiative, prioritize and work under set deadlines and pressure
    • Capacity to interact and build strong relations with both climate and computer scientists
    • Fluency in English
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • 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: ASAP
Applications Procedure
All applications must include:
  • A motivation letter with a statement of interest, including two contacts for further references
  • 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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