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[Met-jobs] Barcelona Supercomputing Center(Spain): Earth Sciences Department - HPC Applications Support Engineer for Earth Sciences applications

From "Emanuele Zanchi" <>
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Date Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:06:04 +0200

Dear all,


At Barcelona Supercomputing Center (the Spanish National Center of Supercomputing based in Barcelona, Spain), we have a new vacancy we would like to share within the Metjobs Community of talented researchers and engineers:  


-         HPC Applications Support Engineer (for Earth Sciences  applications)- Info and Applications at:


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.


*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 is one of the core partners of PRACE providing a tier-0 system like MareNostrum4 to the PRACE computing resources.


This position will be integrated within Operations department within the High level support team and working closely with Earth Sciences department. The candidate will work on earth sciences applications support for the most relevant projects asking resources at PRACE infrastructure, including the improvement of the scalability and performance of selected European Earth System Models and tools towards Exascale, Data Analytics and efficient I/O as well as code refactoring.


*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 programing 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

Bachelor in Computer Science or related discipline and at least 4 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


- 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, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures

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


If you want to know some of the benefits you will get by joining our prestigious Research Center in Barcelona, please check out this page:


If you need any more information do not hesitate to contact us, we are looking forward to hearing from you!


Emanuele Zanchi


Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación


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