Scientific Software Engineer

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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 Scientific Software Engineer 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 software and systems development expertise supporting data organization, management and access. Build distributed data delivery networks optimized for science. Couple data access with distributed high-throughput computing (HTC) systems and NSF-funded high-performance computing (HPC) centers. You will interact with others on the team on large-scale 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.


  • Collect and manage software development requirements and participate in technical planning across the project.
  • Build and deploy applications and systems using container orchestration tools.
  • Perform integration and scalability testing on purpose-built platforms which replicate the systems features and environment dependencies of the collaboration's processing systems.
  • Participate in team meetings, telecons, and workshops; provide oral presentations of project status.

  • Knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures of software development.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with team members, supervisors, and researchers.
  • Ability to manage complex technical details.
  • Ability to identify problems and contribute to their solution.
  • Initiative and capacity for teamwork and creativity are required.
  • Ability to produce high quality documentation and to present results publicly is required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science/engineering, data science, or in related domain sciences is required; a Master's degree is preferred.
  • At least three years of software development experience in a Linux OS environment is required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following: C++, C, Java, Python, Javascript, Ruby, PHP is required.
  • Experience with modern source, build and deploy tools: Git, Jenkins, etc., is required.
  • Strong programming skills in object-oriented Python development is preferred.
  • Experience with databases (e.g. Postgres, MySQL) is preferred.
  • Web development experience (RESTful APIs, OAuth, CSS, HTML5) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Docker, Kubernetes, Helm or OpenStack is preferred.
  • Experience with distributed systems is preferred.
  • Knowledge of cloud services (e.g. AWS, Google) is preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • 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: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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