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Computational Science Specialist

Company: North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number

Internal Recruitment

Working Title
Computational Science Specialist

Anticipated Hiring Range
Commensurate upon education and experience

Work Schedule
University business hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday / Flexible work arrangements, including virtual/hybrid work locations, may be available.

Job Location
Raleigh, NC

College of Sciences

About the Department

The College of Sciences brings together the mathematical, physical, and biological-sciences in a research-intensive environment that simultaneously values excellence in teaching and a strong community engagement. Sciences IT is a growing unit that provides innovative IT solutions, responsive and forward-looking support, and creative applications of technology to support the research, teaching, administrative and outreach functions of the College of Sciences.

The College of Sciences aims at creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working environment. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive, welcoming of all groups, and abides by the cultural and behavioral aspirations in our culture charter. Please visit https://sciences.ncsu.edu/about/strategic-planning/culture-charter/ for more information on the College of Sciences Culture Charter.

Essential Job Duties

This position will assist researchers in optimal use of the NC State HPC core facility and external HPC facilities (supercomputing centers, cloud). This includes advanced computational science consulting, numerical analysis, mathematical modeling, code development and optimization, software installation, and scientific analysis and visualization.

As part of the Sciences IT research technologies & infrastructure group, this position will engage with other IT staff in the College and central IT service providers including the Libraries and OIT, as well as colleagues in other college IT units to provide stable IT services that meet specific scientific research needs as well as solutions for broader needs in the science community.

In addition, this position will proactively identify unmet needs and emerging solutions. As a valued member of both the IT and science communities, it will serve as an advocate and collaborator with NC State and external service providers to support the College of Sciences' needs for scientific computing.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Budgeting: Engage with faculty and OIT regarding regarding the specifications and acquisition of new hardware to be added to the NC State HPC core facility. Assists with developing budgets for grants and access to supercomputing resources.
  • Training: Creation and delivery of custom training modules or workshops on various research computing topics as requested, focused on skills development for the next generation of researchers in our graduate programs.
  • Research: This position supports researchers from all disciplines represented in the College of Sciences, including physics, bioinformatics, genomics, climate, biology and life sciences, toxicology, chemistry, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences as well as the mathematical and statistical sciences.

    Other Responsibilities

    Perform other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Education and Experience

    Require post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor's degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.

    Other Required Qualifications
    • Demonstrated ability to perform scientific analysis and visualization of modeled or measured datasets, with scripting languages (MATLAB, Python, R) and visualization tools (e.g., ParaView, VisIt).
    • Understanding of cyberinfrastructure needs common to a wide range of scientific workflows. Ability to identify capabilities and limitations of local scientific computing resources
    • Ability to connect researchers with appropriate external resources (XSEDE, DOE, NASA, etc.) and identify cases where use of commercial cloud may be appropriate.

      Preferred Qualifications

      The following items are desirable, but not necessary for consideration for this position:
      • Masters or PhD in a computational field within the College of Sciences' disciplines (i.e. computational physics, chemistry, biological sciences, mathematics, statistics, marine, earth & atmospheric sciences/earth systems)
      • 5+ years of relevant professional experience in high performance computing, mathematical modeling, and scientific visualization
      • Experience estimating and justifying computational resource requests for applications to external high performance computing centers.

        Demonstrated abilities to:
        • Port, optimize, and parallelize research workflows for running on high performance computing (HPC) resources.
        • Use numerical analysis and mathematical techniques to develop and test new algorithms.
        • Compile, run, optimize, parallelize, and write additional modules for large scale scientific modeling software - either established community codes or original research code, requiring proficiency in a compiled language (Fortran, C) and parallel programming (MPI, OpenMP).
        • Obtain external funding through project proposals, grants, and contracts

          Required License(s) or Certification(s)


          Valid NC Driver's License required

          Commercial Driver's License required

          Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

          Job Open Date

          Anticipated Close Date
          Open until filled.

          Special Instructions to Applicants

          Interviews may begin at any time therefore early application is encouraged.

          Position Details

          Position Number

          Position Type
          EHRA Non-Faculty

          Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)

          12 Month Recurring

          Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather
          Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

          Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events
          Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

          Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?

          Department ID
          170101 - College of Sciences - Dean


          NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

          If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

          Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

          NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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