Software Engineer Research Systems Program

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Hyde Park Campus

86771 Globus

About the Unit
Globus, 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. Globus ( delivers commercial-quality, cloud-based software application and platform services to global, non-profit research communities, as a sustainable, non-profit business within The University of Chicago.

Job Information

Job Summary:

As a member of the parallel scientific workflow team, the successful candidate will contribute to the development of Parsl ( a Python library designed to support implicitly parallel execution of scientific workflows at scale. Parsl aims to enable parallel execution of a range of large-scale many-task, interactive, online, and data science applications on a variety of computing resources: from personal computers through to some of the world's largest supercomputers.The position is ideally suited to someone with a passion for Python and parallel computing. It requires a broad range of skills and expertise that span parallel programming models, workflow models, experience with a variety of distributed and parallel computing systems and platform types that comprise the computational science computing environment.


  • Under general direction from the project's management team, responsibilities include:
  • Architecture and Design: Lead and/or participate in the definition and documentation of requirements, architecture and design of complex systems, based on knowledge of relevant software technologies being developed and/or used in commercial and scientific communities.
  • Software Development: Develop, test, document, deploy, and maintain high quality software, including software libraries, cloud-hosted systems, REST services, command line interfaces, and distributed resource integration software.
  • User Community Engagement and Support: Work directly with end users, to provide technical support services and to apply workflow technology to real-world scientific projects.
  • Parsl is currently applied to a wide range of scientific problems including efforts to explore dark energy, understand cancer heritability, and apply machine learning techniques to guide the creation of new materials.
  • Research: Participate in and contribute to research efforts related to the software, including collecting and analyzing usage and performance data, and writing research papers for journals and conferences.


  • Knowledge of parallel programming models
  • Knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of software development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to use standard software development applications and tools
  • Ability to use analytical and quantitative skills and diagnostic techniques to resolve problems
  • Ability to manage complex technical details
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Confidentiality related to sensitive University matters such as, strategic initiatives, trade secrets, quiet periods, and scientific discoveries yet to be put in the public domain
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule which will include occasional late night and/or weekend hours

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or another relevant computer related field.

  • Advanced degree in computer science, computational science, electrical engineering, or a related field.

  • Required:
  • Three years of relevant programming experience developing, implementing, debugging, and maintaining applications with Python, Java, C, and/or C++
  • Significant experience with Linux, shell, and/or scripting
  • Experience with automated unit and integration testing tools (e.g., Nose or Jenkins)
  • Experience with a distributed revision control system (e.g. Git)
  • Preferred:
  • Experience with Jupyter, IPython Parallel Framework, Python 3 asynchronous programming facilities.
  • Experience in parallel programming, for example using message passing (e.g., MPI), multithreaded (e.g., OpenMP or PThreads), and/or data parallel/accelerator programming (including CUDA, OpenCL, and/or Open ACC).
  • Experience with SQL (e.g., Postgres) and/or NoSQL (e.g., Mongo) databases
  • Experience with running scientific workflows on clouds, clusters, or supercomputers
  • Experience with scientific workflow languages or programming models
  • Familiarity with HPC resource schedulers (e.g., PBS, SLURM, Condor, etc)
  • Experience with Web and Cloud security technologies (e.g. SSL, OAuth2,
    OpenID Connect)
  • Experience with cloud infrastructures (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, OpenStack)

Required Documents:
  • Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 5/20/2018
Application Due: 7/19/2018
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