Research Engineer (RE2)

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Research Engineer (RE2)

Closing Date

Friday, 30 April, 2021
Reference: 87_21_CS_RSPPM_RE1
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 700 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

A new research position for an R1 (Ph.D. candidate) or RE1 (Research Engineer) profile is available in the Computer Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to do research and engineering work on state-of-the-art runtime systems for parallel programming models and Operating Systems.

The Programming Models (PM) group at the Computer Science Department, with more than 30 Ph.D. students, support engineers, postdocs, and senior researchers, has a strong background in parallel and distributed programming models, domain-specific languages (DSLs), compilers, and accelerators. The PM group is involved in many European projects such as MEEP, DEEP-SEA, PRACE-6IP, and ExaFOAM, as well as industrial projects with Repsol, IBM, Intel, and Huawei. A typical research position in our group leads to participation in national and international conferences and meetings, publications in top journals and ample opportunities for networking with leading research scientists. We encourage applications from highly motivated students, engineers and scientists with outstanding qualifications and experience.

Key Duties

  • Enhance with new features our high-performance runtime system
  • Do performance analysis and optimization of our runtime system


  • Education
    • BSc or MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or a closely related field.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Proficiency in C and C++ programming languages
    • Knowledge of low-level parallel programming in pthreads (mutex, conditional variables, etc)
    • Interest in high-performance locking strategies, concurrent data structures, and lock-free programming
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge in a parallel programming models (e.g. OpenMP, MPI, CUDA, OpenCL, etc) is welcome
  • Competences
    • Effective communication skills (both written and verbal), (ii) adaptedness to work independently and within a team, (iii) ability to take their own initiatives, prioritize tasks and work under set deadlines, (iv) critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of new and complex ideas


  • 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 - 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: asap

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.
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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Please, upload your CV document using the following name structure: Name_Surname_CoverLetter
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