Research Engineer (RE2)

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Research Engineer (RE2)

Closing Date

Thursday, 31 December, 2020
Reference: 370_20_CS_RAA_RE2
Job title: Research 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

BSC is seeking a research engineer to contribute to the design of an offload-style RISCV-based high-performance vector floating point accelerator, in collaboration with Huawei. The engineer will adapt relevant high-performance computing codes (E.g. Linpack, HPCG, ...) to the targeted architecture. Architectural simulations and FPGA-based emulation methodologies will be used.

Key Duties

  • To understand high-performance computing codes (E.g Linpack and HPCG), synthetize their computational requirements, and adapt them to the RISC-V accelerator. The candidate will contribute to a continuous co-design cycle during the project.
  • To use an architecture simulator and a FPGA-emulator infrastructure. The candidate will modify these tools to accommodate some architecture ideas.
  • To write high-quality technical reports and papers.


  • Education
    • Master or PhD in Computer Science
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Deep Understanding of the most relevant high-performance computing codes (Linpack, HPCG, etc.) and kernels (DGEMM, SpMV, FFT, N-body, etc.), including both inter-node communications (E.g. MPI), intra-node parallelism (E.g. OpenMP) and low level optimizations.
    • Deep understanding of high-performance computing architectures, including floating-point accelerators (GPUs, vector architectures).
    • Deep understanding of architecture simulators, performance analysis tools and performance modeling methodologies.
  • Competences
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Ability to establish and develop research collaborations with external patterns.
    • Ability to present ideas and results in a precise and succint 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 - 31/12/2021 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: 01/12/2020

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.

Application Form

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