Research Associate

Job Posting Title:

Research Associate

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Hiring Department:

Texas Advanced Computing Center

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Position Open To:

All Applicants

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Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

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FLSA Status:

Exempt

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Earliest Start Date:

Jun 01, 2019

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Position Duration:

Expected to Continue

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Location:

PICKLE RESEARCH CAMPUS

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Job Description:

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) Research Associate will join the High Performance Computing (HPC) area with particular focus on Message Passing Interface (MPI).

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Job Details:

General Notes

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the leading supercomputing centers in the world, supporting advances in computational research by thousands of researchers and students. TACC staff help researchers and educators use advanced computing, visualization, and storage technologies effectively, and conduct research and development to make these technologies more powerful, more reliable, and easier to use. TACC staff also educate and train the next generation of researchers, empowering them to make discoveries that advance knowledge and change the world.

Responsibilities
  • Work with TACC users to integrate HPC technologies into their research and development activities and to measure the impact of TACC's HPC systems on their research capabilities.
  • Recommend the optimal Message Passing Interface (MPI) library for each HPC resource deployed at TACC and future acquisitions.
  • Install, support, maintain, and tune the MPI library on each HPC resource.
  • Evaluate new MPI libraries and runtime environments on the HPC architectures, systems, and software tools to determine best practices and identify future acquisition targets.
  • Conduct research into parallel computing applications, techniques, tools, and algorithms and publicize the results of these activities through presentations at conferences/workshops, and professional journals.
  • Pursue and obtain external funding to enhance TACC's HPC activities, expertise, and resources by submitting proposals to funding agencies, industrial partners, and vendors directly or in partnership with researchers and faculty at UT Austin or other institutions.
Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in a discipline relevant to the TACC mission.
  • Research experience in large-scale computing including at least three relevant publications.
  • Proficiency with common HPC programming languages, tools, and technologies: e.g. MPI, OpenMP, Fortran, C/C , CUDA/OpenCL.
  • Four or more years of experience in scientific programming.
  • Demonstrated expertise working in collaborative, interdisciplinary projects with computational scientists and engineers.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and professional demeanor.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Three or more years of post-graduate experience in a position related to the TACC mission.
  • Experience developing parallel algorithms and MPI library functions.
  • Experience developing parallel computing applications for materials science, molecular dynamics, atomic physics, or astrophysics.
  • Experience and interest in teaching or producing HPC training materials.
  • Experience supporting users of large-scale computing resources.
  • Demonstrated history contributing to successful proposals for external funding.
Salary Range

$85,000 depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
  • Typical office environment
Required Materials
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

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Compliance:

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