Research Engineer - Computer Architecture for Financial Applications (RE1)

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Research Engineer - Computer Architecture for Financial Applications (RE1)

Closing Date

Saturday, 31 July, 2021
Reference: 238_21_CS_CAPP_RE1
Job title: Research Engineer - Computer Architecture for Financial Applications (RE1)

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 700 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

BSC is seeking a PhD student to work in an exciting research collaboration with Huawei in the topic of accelerating HPC applications in general and financial applications in particular. The student will develop and modify microarchitectural simulators and develop accelerator designs. Knowledge of financial applications, especially those requiring PDEs is beneficial. An engineer can also be considered, provided she has deep experience in the requested areas of expertise.

Key Duties

  • HW/SW co-design to analyze and optimize financial applications for HPC, develop the accelerator requirements driven by the analysis, and guided by the requirements design the hardware accelerator by using an architecture simulator including possible RTL design of key blocks.
  • Working with, and modifying the HPC software stack and the architectural simulator.
  • Writing high-quality technical reports and papers.


  • Education
    • : Master in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Ideal candidate will be knowledgeable in Computer Architecture
    • Understanding of HPC applications, in particular ones featuring high degree of Data Level Parallelism
    • Previous experience working with Postgres or MySQL running TPC-DS and TPC-H queries a plus
    • Understanding of computer architecture, preferably in high performance computing, processor micro-architecture, memory subsystem, storage
    • Experience with architectural simulators
    • Previous hardware design experience (at RTL level) a plus
  • Competences
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Ability to establish and develop research collaborations with external stakeholders.
    • Ability to present ideas and results in a precise and succinct way.


  • 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 - Until June 2023 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: ASAP

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.
This position is reserved for candidates who meet the requirements and have the legal status of disabled persons with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. In case there are no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements, the rest of the candidates without declared disability will be evaluated.

Application Form

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