Computational Scientist/Application Architect

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Hyde Park Campus

86755 Research Computing Center

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC), a unit in the Office of Research, Innovation, and for National Laboratories (RINL), provides high-end research computing resources to researchers at the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to enabling research by providing access to centrally managed High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. These resources include hardware, software, high-level scientific and technical user support, and the education and training required to help researchers make full use of modern HPC technology and local and national supercomputing resources. The Office of Research, Innovation, and for National Laboratories oversees the conduct of sponsored research, technology transfer, research program development, multi-institutional research institutes, national laboratory board, and contract management functions. RINL supports the development and coordination of research-related communications and educational programs at The University of Chicago. RINL oversees the management of two Department of Energy contracts for Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. When combined with the Lab R&D budgets, the office oversees approximately $1.4 billion in sponsored research. RINL works closely with individual scholars, departments, and divisions to encourage, seed, and coalesce research across the University, Argonne, and Fermilab campuses.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Research Computing Center (RCC) is seeking a motivated Computational Scientist/Application Architect to work closely with faculty and researchers at the University of Chicago. The person in this position will serve as a multi-disciplinary technical expert in supporting and advising faculty on using high-performance computing and related technologies for their research. The Computational Scientist/Application Architect will work on a variety of projects with faculty campus-wide.




  • Assist with compiling, debugging, optimizing, profiling, and porting of codes on RCC compute and storage resources.
  • Work closely with faculty to identify, develop, and implement useful computational methods and resources that support or advance their research.
  • Provide computational support for users of the Midway HPC cluster.
  • Provide overall technical leadership in design, architecture and implementation of software solutions.
  • Evaluate new technologies and software products to determine feasibility and desirability of incorporating their capabilities within research projects.
  • Develop and present workshops, technical documentation, and reports






  • Project management
  • Analytical thinking
  • Interactive communication
  • Teamwork


Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:




  • Master's degree required. Preferably in a computational or scientific field.
  • Ph.D. in a computational or scientific field strongly preferred.


Technical Knowledge or Skills:




  • Expertise with at least two of the following: C/C++, Python, R, Matlab, Julia, Fortran required.
  • Experience in software development, including the software development lifecycle, in the UNIX/Linux environment required.
  • Experience with statistical and numerical methods strongly preferred.
  • Experience with parallel programming strongly preferred.
  • Experience with git and svn strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Javascript, JSON, and XML preferred.
  • Experience with using and developing RESTful API and/or microservices preferred.
  • Experience with at least one database system e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc., preferred.


Required Documents:

Resume and cover letter.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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