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HPC Technology Specialist
Job ID #: 12177 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Computer Division: IT Division Summary
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Masters Degree
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

SALARY RANGE:$103,200 - $163,200 (SCS III)

You ‘matter’ to us! Our diverse team at Jefferson Lab includes more than 700 people, including physicists, engineers, computer professionals, technicians and more. From probing the basic building blocks of matter to performing advanced computing and applied research, we are on the leading edge of science and technology. If you are looking for a great job in a unique place where your contributions truly matter, consider Jefferson Lab!

We are currently seeking a HPC Technology Specialist…

The Jefferson Lab Scientific Computing Department is part of the Jefferson Lab Computational Sciences and Technology (CST) division and is responsible for the support of scientific computing projects at the laboratory. We are seeking applicants for a position in High Performance Computing (HPC) technology specialist to support the lab’s theoretical hadronic research program with emphasis on Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (LQCD) calculations and High Throughput Computing (HTC) data analysis projects for experimental nuclear physics. The successful candidate will closely interact with staff members in the Scientific Computing department, the Scientific Computing Operations group and researchers from both Theory Center and physics division to contribute to Jefferson Lab computational projects, to further existing mission needs for LQCD computing programs and to advance technology capabilities along with computing capacities for data analysis and machine learning.  

 Essential Job Functions: 

Conduct computer system architectural research and work with other lab staffs to design and deploy HPC and HTC computing systems that are optimal in terms of performance to cost ratio, reliability, configurability, and ease of maintenance within a given budget.  Specifically, collaborate with other national laboratories, liaise with computer industries, and work with vendors to devise a system design by incorporating proven and upcoming hardware/software technologies. Carry out performance evaluation of a prospective system, which includes assessment of all its subsystems such as CPU, GPU,  memory, I/O and networking,  by benchmarking the systems using both industrial standard and Jefferson Lab application specific benchmark suite. Recommend system design options to the department and followed by tuning and debugging an acquired system to achieve designed performance specification for the system. Work with the operation group to integrate the system into existing Jefferson Lab computing infrastructure. Provide detailed usage and optimization guides of the system to general application users. Help users to optimize HPC applications and occasionally assist users to debug their code. Finally, offer the operation team insightful knowledge of the systems when needed.  

Education, Certifications and Experience: 

Master in computer science, computer engineering, or related field with 10+ years experience is required
Experience of working 
in a high performance computing environment or a large data center is preferred and the software development in HPC is highly desirable.  

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer and computer system architecture relevant to the HPC and HTC computational domainsDeep understanding of standard HPC and other computing benchmark suite is highly desirable. 

  • Expert knowledge in performance optimization for both serial and parallel programs on CPUs and GPUsDeep understanding of the performance requirements for memory bound, I/O bound and CPU bound applications. Demonstrated knowledge of domain specific computer system architectures. 

  • Experienced in design and operating a HPC system or a computing cluster. 

  • Proficient in C/C++, Python. 

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have knowledge or experience in the following areas: 

  • Developing parallel software using OpenMP and MPI. 

  • Programming and managing GPU systems. 

  • Lattice QCD computing. 

  • Collaboration with computer industries. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate highly technical information and make decisions
• Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate, explore and implement alternative solutions
• Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to work at a computer workstation for extended periods
• Visual capabilities to use computer workstations, read documents, and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms
• Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 25 pounds occasionally
• Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

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