High Performance Computing Application Support Specialist

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High Performance Computing Application Support Specialist

Closing Date

Thursday, 30 September, 2021
Reference: 259_21_OP_US
Job title: High Performance Computing Application Support Specialist


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
Supercomputers are indispensable tools for solving the most challenging and complex scientific and technological problems through simulations. The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, PRACE, is a unique persistent pan-European Research Infrastructure for High Performance Computing (HPC) and forms the top level of the European HPC ecosystem. BSC is one of the core partners of PRACE providing a tier-0 system like MareNostrum4 to the PRACE computing resources.

This position will be integrated within operations department within the High level support team. The team will work on applications support for the most relevant projects asking resources at PRACE infrastructure, including the improvement of the scalability and performance of selected European scientific applications and tools towards Exascale, Data Analytics and Machine learning as well as code refactoring.
Key Duties
  • Optimize and adapt scientific application codes to new pre-exascale architectures
  • Improve the performance of existing parallel codes, improving the serial efficiency and the scalability, changing if necessary the code or helping the developers with their required modifications.
  • Choose and adapt algorithms and/or mathematical library routines to improve applications to specific computer architectures (accelerators, new programming models, etc).
  • Provide consultancy to scientists on new computer architectures and programing models.
  • Generate performance analysis and benchmarks for selected applications and report the results to the applications developers.
  • Collaborate with other functional groups at European and International level on technical matters related to supporting scientific application work. 
  • Education
    • PhD in computer science or in any other scientific field but directly related to HPC.
    • or Bachelor in Computer Science or related discipline and at least 3 years of experience in a similar position working with HPC codes.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience porting and optimizing applications on UNIX-based systems experience in Fortran, C, MPI, OpenMP, and parallel methods.
    • Experience using performance analysis tools, and parallel debuggers.
    • Experience supporting and collaborating with external partners.
    • Good understanding of Linux environment and Shell scripting.
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience in managing big and collaborative projects and experience with version control software like GIT
    • Experience porting codes to accelerators (GPGPU).
    • A thorough understanding of high performance computing architectures.
  • Competences
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to work within a team to complete tasks on schedule.
    • Analytical problem solving ability.
  • The position will be located at BSC within the Operations 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 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: as soon as possible
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.


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