HPC Application Support Specialist (High Level Support Team)

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HPC Application Support Specialist (High Level Support Team)

Closing Date

Thursday, 15 June, 2023
Reference: 58_22_OP_HLST
Job title: HPC Application Support Specialist (High Level Support Team)


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 800 staff from 55 countries.

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We are particularly interested for this role in the strengths and lived experiences of women and underrepresented groups to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights in science and IT research.
Context And Mission
Supercomputers are indispensable tools for solving the most challenging and complex scientific and technological problems through simulations. The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, PRACE, is a unique persistent pan-European Research Infrastructure for High-Performance Computing (HPC) and forms the top level of the European HPC ecosystem. BSC will host one of the Pre-exascale machines from EuroHPC JU. This new machine, named MareNostrum5, will have more than 200PFlops sustained, and it will be one of the most powerful Supercomputer machines in the world.

The open job position will be integrated into the Operations department within the High-level support team. The team will work on applications support for the most relevant projects in Europe, including the improvement of the scalability and performance of selected European scientific applications and tools towards Exascale, Data Analytic and Machine learning as well as code refactoring.

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Key Duties
  • Optimize and adapt scientific application codes to new pre-exascale architectures.
  • Improve the performance of existing parallel codes, improving the serial efficiency and the scalability, changing, if necessary, the code or helping the developers with their required modifications.
  • Choose and adapt algorithms and/or mathematical library routines to improve applications to specific computer architectures (accelerators, new programming models, etc.).
  • Provide consultancy to scientists on new computer architectures and programming models.
  • Generate performance analysis and benchmarks for selected applications and report the results to the applications developers.
  • Collaborate with other functional groups at European and International level on technical matters related to supporting scientific application work. 
  • Education
    • PhD in computer science or in any other scientific field but directly related to HPC,
    • or Bachelor in Computer Science or related discipline and at least 3 years of experience in a similar position working with HPC codes.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience porting and optimizing applications on UNIX-based systems experience in Fortran, C, MPI, OpenMP, and parallel methods.
    • Experience using performance analysis tools, and parallel debuggers.
    • Experience supporting and collaborating with external partners.
    • Good understanding of Linux environment and Shell scripting.
    • Experience working with Parallel programming codes (MPI and OpenMP)
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience in managing big and collaborative projects and experience with git and SVN.
    • Experience porting codes to accelerators (GPGPU).
    • A thorough understanding of high-performance computing architectures.
  • Competences
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to work within a team to complete tasks on schedule.
    • Analytical problem-solving ability.
  • The position will be located at BSC within the Operations Department
  • We offer a full-time contract (37.5h/week), a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
  • Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement
  • 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: as soon as possible
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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This position is reserved for candidates who meet the requirements and have the legal status of disabled persons with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. In case there are no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements, the rest of the candidates without declared disability will be evaluated.


Application Form

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