Computational Scientist - HPC

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


Provost Research Computing Center

About the Department

The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC), a unit in the Office of Research, provides high-end research computing resources to researchers at the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to enabling research by providing access to centrally managed High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. These resources include hardware, software, high-level scientific and technical user support, and the education and training required to help researchers make full use of modern HPC technology and local and national supercomputing resources. The Office of Research oversees the conduct of sponsored research, research program development, and contract management functions.

Job Summary

The Research Computing Center (RCC) is seeking a highly motivated Computational Scientist to work closely with faculty and researchers at The University of Chicago. The person in this position will serve as a multi-disciplinary technical expert in supporting and advising faculty on using High Performance Computing (HPC) and related technologies for their research. The successful candidate will join a team of Computational Scientists who are playing a key role in scientific computing support at the University of Chicago.

The job develops software to support the data acquisition, ingestion, and integration for research projects. Assists in the development of user interfaces and scalable back-end services to automate and accelerate the scientific output of multi-institutional research projects.


  • Assists with compiling, debugging, optimizing, profiling, and porting parallel codes on HPC systems. Assists with improvements of parallel scaling and load balancing of large-scale research codes. Assists with maintaining parallel community codes.

  • Develops, installs, and tests scientific software in support of research goals.

  • Works with faculty and their research groups to enable them to fully utilize the University and national computational resources for their research.

  • Solves user problems quickly and professionally.

  • Works closely with faculty to identify, develop, and implement useful computational methods and resources that support or advance their research.

  • Keeps abreast of new developments in High Performance Computing and be pro-active in introducing them to the faculty.

  • Creates and presents tutorials, hands-on workshops and documentation to educate the research community.

  • Assists researchers with grant proposals with strong HPC component to describe the interplay between their research and HPC.

  • Develops and presents technical training materials and web-based documentation. Ensures timely systems support and updates. Assists in conducting information security assessments and risk analysis of computing environment.

  • Evaluates past and present technologies to help develop new tools. Ensures all the new tools have been through quality control reviews.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in one or more programming languages (such as C++, C, etc.).

  • Proficiency in a scripting language such as Python.

  • Linux/Unix.

  • Software design and development methodologies and best practices.

  • Installing and tuning scientific applications software.

  • Compiler optimization techniques.

  • Deep Learning frameworks.

Preferred Competencies

  • Understand and translate researchers' scientific goals into computational requirements.

  • Work well with faculty and researchers.

  • Identify and gain expertise in appropriate new technologies and/or software tools.

  • Function as part of an interactive team while demonstrating self-initiative to achieve project's goals and Research Computing Center's mission.

  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving ability.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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