COMPSs runtime engineer (RE2)

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COMPSs runtime engineer (RE2)

Closing Date

Saturday, 31 October, 2020
Reference: 326_20_CS_WDC_RE2
Job title: COMPSs runtime engineer (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

The Computer Sciences (CS) department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center aims at carrying out research and development to influence the way computing machines are built, programmed and used. The Workflows and Distributed Computing group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center aims at carrying out research on programming models for distributed computing. More specifically, this group will be coordinating the eFlows4HPC project which will have a large effort devoted to the extension of the programming model PyCOMPSs/COMPSs to support the project use cases. PyCOMPSs/COMPSs is a task-based, parallel programming model offered to the project applications as a means to execute them in distributed environments. For this research, the group is looking for an engineer to design and implement the required extensions to the runtime of the COMPSs runtime. The job includes also active participation in the project, attending project meetings, collaborating with partners and writing deliverables.

Key Duties

  • Development of extensions to the COMPSs runtime
  • Development of tests to check the extensions with the COMPSs test infrastructure
  • Contribution to COMPSs manual that illustrates how to use the newly developed features
  • The candidate will work closely with other research members on the team of the Workflows and Distributed Computing group
  • Contribution of the candidate to the project eFlows4HPC


  • Education
    • Computer science degree or similar, or a student finalizing the studies
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Previous experience in runtime systems and system software
    • Knowledge of Distributed Computing
    • Good programming skills in Java and C, and/or Python
  • Competences
    • Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued


  • 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 - 3 years 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: 01-01-2021

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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