Job Number AC02782

Advertising Department Science

Contract Type Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date 24-06-2018

Salary £33,518 to £38,833 per annum together with USS pension benefits.
Main Purpose of the Post

Supercomputing Wales is a strategic programme of investment in Higher Education intended to change the way supercomputer facilities are used to support research activities in Wales. The programme is led by Cardiff University, in a consortium with Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities, and HPC Wales Ltd.

With an estimated total cost of close to £15m, the programme will fund the purchase and running of new High Performance Computing (HPC) equipment, along with necessary technical posts to support the operation of the equipment. The programme will also support a new cohort of ‘Research Software Engineers’ to work with academic researchers to develop software codes and algorithms using the supercomputing facilities.

The programme targets include capturing more research funding for Wales, creating more highly-skilled research jobs, and increasing collaborations with other research-active partners, all built on improved HPC capacity provided through Supercomputing Wales. The programme will be part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund via Welsh Government (c. £9m in total), and by the university partners.

Working as a part of the Supercomputing Wales consortium Swansea University is seeking a Domain Specific High Performance Computing Research Software Engineer to join the existing team of RSEs at the Swansea Academy of Advanced Computing, to support the constantly growing HPC activity and research community at Swansea University.

The HPC research community at Swansea University includes very experienced as well as novice users, and Domain Specific HPC Research Software Engineers are expected to engage effectively with all stakeholders. All project staff involved in the project research support activity provide HPC domain specific support to a variety of High Performance Computer Academic users engaged in research at the forefront of scientific, medical and engineering subjects as well as in other emerging applications (e.g. Arts and Humanities), on software projects that range from one week to several months in length. Collaborations with researchers in and outside the consortium, as requested by the specifically supported projects, are encouraged.

The post holders will have a detailed understanding of at least one of the specific disciplines underpinning the research community at Swansea University and be able to understand existing research software codebases and contribute to improving their quality and performance. In addition, the Domain Specific HPC Research Software Engineers will have the opportunity to be involved in the preparation of applications for external grants (e.g. by executing performance and scaling tests to strength the underlying technical case), the writing of the technical aspects of papers resulting from the research they support, and provision of tailored training and development courses to the HPC research community they are engaged with.

Domain Specific HPC Research Software Engineers (Research Officers) will manage their own technical activities in terms of code development, optimisation and testing, in a variety of research topics, in co-ordination with the existing RSE team. It is expected that Research Officers will normally have a PhD qualification.

Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to; Professor Biagio Lucini

Terms and Conditions

Hours of work will be 35 per week. (This is a full time post but applications from individuals seeking part time, job share or flexible working arrangements are welcome.)

Annual leave entitlement is 31 days per annum plus Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time staff).

The following link provides further information on the benefits of working in Swansea University:

Research Software Engineer – Supercomputing Wales

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