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Jobs in distributed computing, 3 new this week

NEW - Research position in storage systems, XLAB Research, Slovenia

XLAB is looking for an early-stage researcher (ESR) for research on cloud, grid and cluster storage systems within the "SCALUS" Marie Curie initial training network. We offer full-time employment for a fixed duration of three years. The main goal of the research is to implement a cloud-wide platform for computations on large datasets, integrating results of other researchers within the SCALUS project. The researcher will be encouraged to publish the results in scientific papers and may, if so desired, choose to pursue a Ph.D..

The candidates must be within the first four years of their career, starting with the date of obtaining their BSc or MSc degrees. The job location is in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but extended visits to partners in the project are planned, in particular to the UPC in Barcelona.

More information on the project, eligibility and other details can be found at the website (the position at XLAB is marked as ESR 15) or by mail.


NEW - Research Assistant in the Particle Physics Group of the School of Physics, University of Bristol, UK

We recently received a grant to work on a radio-therapy project. Now I am looking for a post-doc. The project needs somebody who ideally has some testbeam data analysis experience, is an experienced ROOT/C++ user, can produce a simple PCB and do some basic mechanical design.

If you know somebody, or if you know somebody who might know somebody, can you please draw their attention to the position? The details are here.

The closing date is January 31, 2011.

Please feel free to forward this message.

Many thanks in advance,

best wishes,

Dr JJ Velthuis
Office 4.48
HH Wills Physics Laboratory
Tyndall Avenue
United Kingdom
tel: +44 (0)117 928 8740


Developer with Semantic Web/Linked Data Experience

We are seeking a developer with Semantic Web / Linked Data experience to work on semantic metadata enhancements for research datasets, and on technical interactions with publishers, repositories and research databases, as part of the JISC-funded Dryad-UK Project that is already under way.

The person originally appointed to this post withdrew at the last minute, having delayed his start date until mid-November. We are thus keen to make a rapid replacement appointment.  Anyone interested in this position should write immediately to, using the subject line DRYAD COMPUTING OFFICER, either to make an inquiry or an application.

Further details are given in the re-advertisement

Please bring this to the attention of any likely candidates.

Many thanks,

Dr David Shotton                                                      
Reader in Image Bioinformatics
Image Bioinformatics Research Group                                
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford                 
South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK                   

tel: +44-(0)1865-271193

fax: +44-(0)1865-310447


Scientific Computing Engineer in charge of support to LHC Experiments

Located in Lyon (France), the IN2P3/CNRS Computing Centre is a national facility providing computing and storage services for scientific research needs, mainly in the field of corpuscular physics (nuclear physics, particle physics and astroparticle physics). The CC-IN2P3 Computing Center is one of the of the first level component (Tier 1) of the computing infrastructure deployed in the framework of LCG (LHC Computing Project) to provide data storage and
processing facilities for the entire high energy physics community that will use the LHC.

CC-IN2P3 is looking for an applicant expected to provide support to the activities of CMS experiment at CCIN2P3. The candidate will as well participate to the general support provided to CC-IN2P3 end-users and their communities. The person will be member of the group “support” composed of 12 engineers. Concerning the CMSe xperiments, the candidate is expected to:

• Provide a technical support to the computing activities of CMS experiment at CC-IN2P3.
• Act as an interface between the CMS experiment and the expert teams at CC-IN2P3.
• Monitor on the day-by-day basis data transfers, data distribution, and production jobs and solve problems and incidents as they occur.
• Collaborate with the CMS central computing teams.
Furthermore, the candidate is expected to participate in the general support activities:
• Assist end-users of other communities in the context of general support in collaboration with the other members of the group.
• Write and update end-user documentation.
• Contribute to training sessions targeted to end-users on recommended best practices.
We are seeking a candidate with strong scientific and computing background. High interest and aptitude in user support is essential. Prior experience in high-energy physics computing and experience in HEP collaborations and distributed computing is an asset.

For more information, see the full-length job description here.

A contract of 2 years duration is proposed for a start as early as possible. It can be renewed in one contract of 3 years renewable once. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualification.

Applicants are invited to submit their CV (PDF preferred, MS Word and plain text also accepted) along with cover letter and reference letters by e-mail. Applications will be reviewed until the position if filled. Selected candidates will be called for a personal on-site interview. Interviews are in French and English.


Two positions at the Spanish Tier-1 Center: Support for the ATLAS and LHCb experiments

The Spanish Tier1 Center of the WLCG, located at the Port d’Informació Científica (PIC) in Barcelona, Spain, has two positions available for deployment and operations support of the data processing of the ATLAS (Ref. PIC-2010-TIER1-1) and LHCb (Ref. PIC- 2010-TIER1-2) experiments. The successful applicant will work as a member of the ATLAS or LHCb collaboration and as a member of the Tier1 operations team.


PIC-Experiment liaison, able to understand and communicate experiment priorities to the Tier1 technical teams and Tier1 operational issues to the Experiment computing teams.Attendance at the Experiment and WLCG coordination meetings. Support of Tier2 centers depending on PIC for data access as well as other Tier1 users. Responsibility for experiment data processing. Monitoring, identification and resolution of workflow problems. Proactive investigation of issues and optimization of the Tier1 efficiency. Data consistency checking. Deployment and support of Experiment specific services and systems at the Tier1. Collaboration with the center techincal staff to plan, test and deploy new systems that enable  Tier1 services to keep up with the steady ramp up of the LHC data taking. Management of resources allocated to the Experiment at PIC to ensure maximal use and pledges achievement.

Knowledge and experience:

Degree in a scientific or technical relevant subject. PhD or equivalent in experimental particle physics would be an advantage.Very good user-level knowledge of Linux and experience with Linux administration. Good communication skills are essential, since interaction with scientific and technical teams will be required as a core part of the job. Good level of English is also a must. Programming skills in Python will be an advantage, as well as experience with the ROOT analysis framework. Experience with Grid middleware, LHC experiment software and job/data management frameworks will be highly appreciated.

Contract characteristics:
The recruiting center will be the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE). The place of work will be the headquarters of PIC, located in the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Bellaterra, near the city of Barcelona. The contract is funded through the projects of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation FPA2007-66152-C02-02 and FPA2010-21816-C02-02, granted to IFAE. The contract will be for 3 years, including a 6 month trial period. The
yearly gross salary will be of 32.000 Euros, divided in 14 payments according to the standing legislation in the Institute.

All the documentation will be handled electronically and in pdf format only . The applications can be sent to the e-mail contact with reference number, CV and any other relevant documentation in pdf format. The selection process will be continuous until a qualified candidate is found.

Reference Numbers:
• ATLAS liaison: PIC-2010-TIER1-1
• LHCb liaison: PIC-2010-TIER1-2

Contact: Mari Carmen Porto
Port d’Informació Científica
Campus UAB. Edifici D
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Tel. 935814109 / Fax. 935814110


Postdoctoral position in grid computing for Bioinformatics application, Switzerland

We are looking for a postdoctoral candidate to join a dynamic team of biologists and computer scientists, to help provide complete information on Darwinian selection on all known genes, using the power of grid computing in Switzerland. This position is in the framework of the Swiss national grid initiative and of the Selectome project. The Selectome project is common to three research groups of University of Lausanne and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, and already includes 2 people dedicated to the grid computing and database aspects.

The new postdoc will:
- participate in porting Selectome computations to the Swiss, and later European, grid infrastructures;
- participate in teaching and training activities;
- develop her/his own research theme related to Selectome, including but not limited to: Web services, data visualization, Java open-source development, data analysis for Darwinian selection, large scale data simulations.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in bioinformatics, with a background in either biology or computer science, and a strong experience and interest in programming for biology. The working language is English; French is not a requirement. Experience with databases or high performance computing is a plus.

Salary is CHF 60'528/year (approx. 45 k€/yr). The position is open immediately, until filled. The contract will run until 31 December 2011. A continuation of the project is foreseen, but cannot be guaranteed at present.

Lausanne is a beautiful city, on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). It is small, lively and international, with an excellent scientific and natural environment. It is easy to come here, and hard to leave.

Please send applications to Marc Robinson-Rechavi, including a CV + publications in PDF, and the contact information of 2 reference people. More information can be found at the job announcement.

Websites for further information:

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Computational scientist, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA

Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a computational scientist. The Computational Scientist position will be a senior member of the Research Computing Group under the Vice President for Research. The primary responsibility is to help researchers successfully accomplish their research goals via supporting their use of Research Computing and related systems.

This staff member will proactively identify potential researchers, match them to appropriate computing resources, provide custom software support, and optimize their use of research computing systems. This person will also provide education, training, and documentation for researchers as well as reports and recommendations for the Director of Research Computing. The Computational Scientist will work closely with the Senior Research Computing Systems Administrator/Engineer as well local staff in various departments to provide coordinated support to research computing users.

Job Requirements

  • PhD in a computational science (Math, Computer Science, Physics, etc), or related discipline and/or equivalent experience
  • Research experience, ability to read and write technical papers
  • Ability to write/understand code with advanced algorithms in various scientific programming languages such as Fortran, C, C++, etc.
  • Ability to use/understand MPI, Open MP, MPICH, PVM, and other parallel tools
  • Experience using large scale complex networked research computing clusters and systems especially grid computing experience including development, programming, and use of regional and national distributed HPC environments such as NYS grid, SURA grid, Open Science Grid and TeraGrid.
  • Experience using scientific and parallel computing packages
  • Experience supporting high performance computing researchers
  • Outstanding interpersonal and oral/written communication and community building skills

More details are available here.

How To Apply

Your application information and any relevant documentation such as resume and cover letter should be uploaded via website KEYWORD SEARCH: IRC35870 in order to be considered for this position you are interested in. This job position is open until filled.


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