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Center-Wide Research Programmer - NIMBioS

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Center-Wide Research Programmer - NIMBioS

Regular Full-time, Market Range 13

Applications are currently being solicited for a Research Programmer to work with researchers affiliated with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. We are a community of researchers focused on all aspects of quantitative modeling in the life sciences.

The duties of the research programmer will include helping new researchers (graduate students and post-doctoral researchers) make decisions about and implement code to accomplish their research, advising research teams as they prepare grant proposals about the nature of computational support (hardware, software, and personnel support) they will need to accomplish their goals, helping researchers reconfigure their written code for efficiency on computational clusters (rather than single machines), working with IT management to make recommendations for the configuration of hardware and network systems to anticipate and support future research efforts, and directly writing code for researchers and research teams working at/with NIMBioS.

A successful candidate should have some relevant subject matter expertise in computational modeling and research programming sufficient to understand the nature of research efforts underway at NIMBioS.

A candidate should have excellent organizational and communication skills and experience working with researchers in a STEM field.


  • BA/BS degree
  • 6+ years of experience with scientific programming
  • 2+ years of experience participating in an interdisciplinary research team
  • Fluency in at least 2 different programming languages/environments (e.g., R, Matlab, C/C++, Mathematica, Python, etc.)
  • Knowledge of how to parallelize algorithms
  • Knowledge of applications of computational modeling
  • Strong data management, organizational, problem solving, and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills to both researchers and stakeholders
  • Ability to integrate across platforms (e.g., manage projects that involve code repositories on GitHub and also workflow management in MS Teams, Basecamp, or similar environments)
  • Ability to work with diverse and multidisciplinary, STEMfocused teams
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities and goals
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently to design, implement, run, and analyze code on local machines, computational networks/clusters, and external HPC environments
Preferred qualifications

  • Familiarity with remote sensing and GIS software
  • Experience running a research computing cluster
  • Experience working independently on project deliverables
  • Ability to work with an IT team to streamline user access and support
  • Ability to draft reports on time allocation
  • Ability to think strategically to help alleviate computational bottlenecks in project workflow

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Administration-Arts & Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 13, 2021, 3:05:42 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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