Research Scientist - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1800244)

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National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Research Scientist (A1800244)

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50 for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

NCSA is currently seeking a Research Scientist to perform research and development activities within the NCSA Industrial Application Domains (IAD) group. The incumbent will analyze data and turn it into information, information into insight and insight into business decisions for NCSA's Industry Partners. The Research Scientist will work with the NCSA Industry Partners and scientific community on a wide variety of applications to analyze their data using state of the art data analytic and machine/deep learning tools with a focus on supporting and using distributed data computing environments. The incumbent will also provide industrial partners and other NCSA collaborators with appropriate training on using these tools.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Interpret data, analyze results using statistical and probabilistic techniques and provide ongoing reports. This applies to all multi-disciplinary kinds of data produced or used by partners of the NCSA Industry Program.
  • Provide industrial users with tech support including problem solving & troubleshooting, workflow design and optimization, and training on using data analytics and machine/deep learning tools.
  • Research and develop new analytics and machine/deep learning tools and state-of-art analytic architectures for aForge cluster and other HPC systems at NCSA
  • Evaluate and recommend technical solutions for machine/deep learning and other large scale data analytics infrastructure at NCSA.
  • Present knowledge of large scale data analytics and machine/learning techniques at technical meetings with clients, and be able to demonstrate the advantages of collaborating with the NCSA Industry Program.
  • Provide domain expertise in geoinformatics and geospatial data science to NCSA Industrial Partners and NCSA staff.
  • Participate in the formulation of grant proposals to national and international funding agencies.
  • May supervise student employees, including assigning project tasks and monitoring progress.

Required Education and Experience:
  • Ph.D. in a field of science relevant to emerging big data and environmental science required, including geographical information science, computer science, molecular genetics or biotechnology. Alternative degree fields may be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience as it relates to NCSA technologies.
  • At least four years of GIS experience including applications of geospatial data science and geospatial analytics, as well as machine/deep learning tools and workflows such as Tensor Flow and Caffe.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in High Performance Computing (HPC)-related application development.
  • Knowledge of Python, Bash, Java, Scala, C/C++ and other modern programming languages and tools.
  • Experience with Ambari, Hadoop HDFS & YARN, Spark and R.
  • Experience working with parallel programing tools such as MPI, OpenMP, CUDA and OpenACC.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in the formulation of grants to federal funding agencies

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date (5/4/2018). Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters may also be uploaded or sent to the contact below). For full consideration, candidates must complete the application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit or email [email protected].

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Scientist - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1800244)
Open Date: 04/20/2018
Close Date: 05/04/2018
Organization Name: Supercomputing Applications





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Posted: 4/21/2018
Application Due: 5/5/2018
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