Technical earth sciences support (RE2)

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Technical earth sciences support (RE2)

Closing Date

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020
Reference: 317_19_ES_CES_RE2
Job title: Technical earth sciences support (RE2)

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

Within the Copernicus Climate Climate Change Service (C3S), the Evaluation and Quality Control (EQC) function plays a critical role to ensure that the service meets the needs of a range of users for high-quality data and information, and in proposing the necessary evolution of the service itself, while shaping the research agenda to attend the most important challenges detected.

The Earth Sciences Department of the BSC will be in charge of developing and implementing a system to evaluate the quality of the operational data from the C3S, as well as the quality of the toolbox and the whole service.

The successful applicant will join the BSC Computational Earth Sciences group to support the technical tasks related to the C3S_512 project.

Key Duties

  • Maintenance of software infrastructure and documentation, monitoring resources and test and deployment of new developments.
  • Interact with computational earth sciences scientists to improve the performance and the reliability of the systems deployed.
  • Assessing the quality and the maturity of software tools, as defined by the internal framework.


  • Education
    • Master degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Excellent development skills scripting languages (bash, python,…) and experience with UNIX/LINUX environments. (2 years or more of experience).
    • Experience of version control in a distributed team, including SVN or Git. (1 year or more of experience).
    • Keen to engineer processes to maintain software infrastructure, to monitor resources and to deploy and debug the code developments.
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge of climate data formats (GRIB, NetCDF) and data manipulation tools will be valued.
    • Knowledge of the Drupal content management framework will be valued.
    • Task automation, downloading tools and data processing frameworks will be valued.
  • Competences
    • Capacity to interact and build strong relations with both earth and computer scientists.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to learn and adapt to multiple programming languages easily.
    • Fluency in English, both speaking and writing.


  • 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 working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 1 year 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: End of March

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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