Senior Computational Scientist

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Hyde Park Campus

22260 Enrico Fermi Institute

About the Unit
The Enrico Fermi Institute (EFI) is unit of the Physical Sciences Division of the University devoted to interdisciplinary research. The experimental disciplines currently being pursued include: high-energy particle physics, high-energy astrophysics, studies of particles and fields in the solar system and in space, infrared and optical astronomy, nuclear cosmo-chemistry, geochemistry, scanning electron and proton microscopy, and solar energy concentration. Theoretical studies include physics of elementary particles, quantum field theory, theoretical astrophysics and solar physics, plasma physics, cosmology, and general relativity. The Enrico Fermi Institute provides computational, engineering, technical and administrative support for academic members and students.

Job Information

Job Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our laboratory, which advances data-intensive computation and analytics for large and medium-scale science collaborations. The position is for a Computational Scientist / Senior Computational Scientist who will advance scientific computing at knowledge frontiers through development of next generation cyberinfrastructure supporting the experiments at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and/or the Open Science Grid (OSG). Work closely with physics and computer science faculty and researchers, providing a source of expertise in data engineering, including data organization, management and access. Build distributed data caching networks optimized for science. Couple of data access with distributed high-throughput computing (HTC) systems and NSF-funded high-performance computing (HPC) centers. Measure and assess system and user experience metrics using big data analytics methods. You will interact with others on the team on compute, storage and network systems supporting the ATLAS experiment at CERN, and/or the LIGO and IceCube experiments, and/or other disciplines pursued in the EFI or OSG which push the limits of distributed, large scale data-intensive computation.


  • Contribute to and/or lead R&D efforts and systems design, integration and deployment of novel data infrastructures for large and medium scale science, including research on (hardware) accelerated data delivery systems.
  • Perform integration and scalability testing on purpose-built platforms, which replicate the systems features and environment dependencies of the collaboration's processing systems.
  • Provide task leadership, communication with computing teams from the collaborations, and other engagement activities to drive progress towards research and experiment deliverables.
  • Participate in collaboration computing meetings (telecons) and workshops (in-person), and related advanced cyberinfrastructure and data science R&D projects in the EFI.

  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with team members, supervisors, and researchers.
  • Ability to identify problems and contribute to their solution.
  • Initiative, interactivity and capacity for teamwork and creativity are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.
  • Ability to produce high quality documentation and to present results publicly is required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Astronomy/Astrophysics, or closely related field in the Sciences is required.
  • At least five years of scientific programming experience is required.
  • Experience with data analytics tools and statistical methods preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • References

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 12/12/2018
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