COMPSs runtime engineer (RE1)

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COMPSs runtime engineer (RE1)

Closing Date

Thursday, 16 February, 2023
Reference: 422_22_CS_WDC_RE1
Job title: COMPSs runtime engineer (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 770 staff from 55 countries.

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Context And Mission
The Computer Sciences (CS) department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center aims to carry 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 to carry out research on programming models for distributed computing. More specifically, this group will be contributing to the CAELESTIS project (, which aims at the design and predictive manufacturing of next-generation aircraft structures. The group will have a significant effort devoted to the extension of the programming model PyCOMPSs/COMPSs to support the project workflows and develop support services for the project platform.

PyCOMPSs/COMPSs ( is a task-based programming model that enables the parallel execution of applications in distributed computing 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 and for the development of support services. The job also includes active participation in the projects, attending project meetings, collaborating with partners and writing deliverables.
Key Duties
  • Development of extensions to the COMPSs runtime for the CAELESTIS project
  • Development of tests to check the extensions with the COMPSs test infrastructure
  • Development of support services for the CAELESTIS project
  • 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 CAELESTIS project
  • Contribution to COMPSs manual that illustrates how to use the newly developed features
  • 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
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Previous experience in PyCOMPSS/COMPSs and its runtime
  • 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: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration 

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: asap

Applications procedure and process
All applications must be made through BSC website and contain:
  • A full CV in English including contact details
  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

    In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.

    The panel will make a final decision and all candidates who had contacts with them will receive a feedback with details on the acceptance or rejection of their profile.

    At BSC we are seeking continuous improvement in our recruitment processes, for any suggestions or feedback/complaints about our Recruitment Processes, please contact recruitment [at] bsc [dot] es.

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The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.
OTM-R principles for selection processes
BSC-CNS is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission and the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment principles (OTM-R). This is applied for any potential candidate in all our processes, for example by creating gender-balanced recruitment planels and recognizing career breaks etc.
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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