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[Met-jobs] Barcelona Supercomputing Center: Atmospheric Composition scientist support engineer

From "Emanuele Zanchi" <>
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Date Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:25:51 +0100

Dear all,


At the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Spanish National Center of Supercomputing we are looking for an Atmospheric Composition scientist support engineer that will join our Earth Sciences Department. If interested, have a look to the details of our vacancy below:


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 460 staff from 44 countries.


Context and Mission

Within the Earth Sciences Department of Barcelona Supercomputing Center, led by Prof Francisco Doblas-Reyes, the Atmospheric Composition (AC) group aims at better understanding and predicting the spatiotemporal variations of atmospheric pollutants along with their effects upon air quality, weather and climate. In parallel, the Computational Earth Sciences (CES) group is a multidisciplinary team with different IT profiles that interacts closely with all the other groups of the Department. The group provides help and guidance to the scientists with the technical issues relating to their work and develops a framework for the most efficient use of HPC resources.

The AC group contributes to a variety of forecasting activities. The dust component of the NMMB/BSC-CTM runs operationally at the first WMO Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast (i.e., the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center, BDFC), and contributes to multi-model ensemble forecasts both at the WMO Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System Regional Center (WMO SDS-WAS RC) for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe, and the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction (ICAP). Both WMO Regional Centers are co-hosted by BSC and the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET). The group also develops and maintains the CALIOPE air quality system (“CALIdad del aire Operacional Para España”), which provides high-resolution air quality forecasts over Europe and Spain using the in-house emission model HERMES. CALIOPE is currently based on the WRF and CMAQ systems, and its transition to use the NMMB/BSC-CTM is in progress.


Key Duties

-         The applicant will provide technical support for both computational and atmospheric composition engineers and researchers to run experiments using shell scripts and workflow tools. Hence, special emphasis will be placed to make the scripts flexible and robust, as well as efficient from a computational point of view

-         Optimize the scripts to adapt them for the needs of the group and develop new features in case

-         Provide the necessary support to solve the problems found by other researchers and engineers and do the necessary tests to validate and verify all the features of each model

-         Collaborate with scientists and engineers in managing and improving current and future operational forecast systems and products.

-         Provide additional support to those partners to include their own solutions into the set of scripts managed from the BSC. The codes will be appropriately documented and updated using SVN and GIT tools.




Having a Bachelor in Computer Science, Telecommunications, Physics or related discipline


       Knowledge and Professional Experience

-         Excellent computing skills in high-level computer languages (especially FORTRAN and C/C++) and experience with UNIX/LINUX environments and scripting languages (bash, Python …)

-         Excellent programming skills to manage big and collaborative projects and experience with git and SVN

-        Basic knowledge of climate data formats (GRIB, NetCDF) and data dissemination technologies (e.g. ESGF, OPeNDAP)

-        Previous experience in a scientific area related to the position, in particular climate or ocean modeling

-         Previous experience in scientific software and tools (R, CDO, Python Numpy and Scipy, …)

-         Previous experience in HPC architecture and parallel programming (multi-threaded applications) will be valued

-         Computer programming experience related to solving scientific computing problems involving the handling of very large projects



o   Capacity to interact and build strong relations with both climate and computer scientists

       Excellent written and verbal communication skills

       Fluency in English

       Ability to take initiatives, prioritize the tasks and work under set deadlines

       Ability to work both independently and within a team

What we offer:

The position will be located at BSC within the Earth department in collaboration with the specific program coordinator. The contract will be for two years and we offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, flexible hours and a medical assurance. Salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the candidate


If you want to have more information or send you application please visit our webpage at:


If you want to find out why to work with us have a look to this page:


We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Emanuele Zanchi


Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación





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