Junior Researcher - Big-Data Benchmarking (RE1)

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Junior Researcher - Big-Data Benchmarking (RE1)

Closing Date

Sunday, 28 February, 2021
Reference: 26_21_CS_GCS_RE1
Job title: Junior Researcher - Big-Data Benchmarking (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

The data-centric computing group from the computer science department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center searches for 1 Master Student on data-science, data-bases or high-performance computing, willing to work on benchmarking and analyzing Big-Data platforms in a joint project with a top ICT company.

The main objective is to model and benchmark emerging Big-Data technologies (analytics, large-scale databases, data warehouses and data lakes), as part of a joint project with Databricks. The employee is expected to benchmark different technologies in the Cloud, to evaluate and compare their performance and find points of improvement, side by side with other researchers in the field of high-performance computing and data-bases. The mentioned tasks involve performing experiments and tests over such technologies, analyze metrics and KPIs to model and analyze performance, and collaborate with the deployment of new benchmarks.

Key Duties

  • Functional design of automated tests for benchmarking tools
  • Experimentation with HPC and DB platforms and applications (e.g. Spark, SQL, ...)
  • Contribution to the development of new benchmarks
  • Give mutual support to other researchers in the project


  • Education
    • Degree on computer science or related fields (ICT, data sciences, ...)
    • Currently coursing a Master in Data Science or Big-Data related fields
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Basic skills on Data-Bases usage and management
    • Domain of SQL and Java/Python/R languages
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Basic skills in containers (Docker) and Bash scripting
    • Basic skills on Reproducible Research (Notebooks, GIT, etc...)
    • Basic skills on using distributed environments like Spark
    • Understanding of high performance computing and distributed system concepts
  • Competences
    • Good English communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and in the context of a team/project
    • Flexible work schedule


  • 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 - 6 months 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: 15/01/2021

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.

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