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Scientific Software Architect

The University of Texas at Austin
paid holidays, sick time, retirement plan
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
March 30, 2024

Job Posting Title:

Scientific Software Architect


Hiring Department:

Oden Institute


Position Open To:

All Applicants


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Position Duration:

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Job Details:

General Notes

The Center for Predictive Engineering and Computational Sciences in the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking a Scientific Software Architect to join a large research project to develop predictive simulations of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) torches. This research effort is supported in part by funding from the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing under the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program. It involves multi-scale, multi-physics models and requires the use of advanced numerical methods and supercomputing resources.

In support of this program, we are seeking a Scientific Software Architect to manage the development of software applications for ICP torch simulations by providing technical leadership to and coordinating the efforts of multiple teams developing different components. The software will be expected to run at scales of tens to hundreds of thousands of concurrent threads/tasks on heterogeneous supercomputers, using modern techniques for parallelism of scientific simulation software.

PLEASE NOTE: an ability to obtain access for use of non-classified HPC systems housed at the Department of Energy's NNSA Laboratories is one of the position requirements.

The Oden Institute is an organized research unit that fosters interdisciplinary programs in computational sciences and engineering, computational medicine, computational geosciences, mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, data science, software engineering, and computational visualization.

UT Austin offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • 100% employer-paid basic medical coverage
  • Retirement contributions
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid holidays

As stated above the Scientific Software Architect will manage the development of software applications for ICP torch simulations by providing technical leadership to and coordinating the efforts of multiple teams developing different components.

  • Work with center management to create software development plans to meet annual simulation targets
  • Work with center researchers to develop appropriate software designs for new ICP torch simulation components and to maintain existing components of the software stack
  • Work with DOE collaborators and center researchers to adopt software technology suitable for current and future DOE exascale computing platforms.
  • Maintain development and testing environment using both third party (e.g., github) and local resources
  • Monitor progress toward software-related milestones and develop contingency plans as problems arise
  • Instill software development best practices, including testing and documentation practices, throughout the center
  • Assist with parallelization and performance tuning of developed components.
Required Qualifications
  • A Master's degree in Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Computational Science, Applied Mathematics, or a related technical field with at least two years of practical experience.
  • The ability to obtain access for use of non-classified HPC systems housed at the Department of Energy's NNSA Laboratories.
  • Experience with git reversion control.
  • Large-scale distributed-memory parallel computing development experience using C++ and MPI.
  • Familiarity with GPU programming tools.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with multi-physics scientific workflows: pre/post processing, meshing, HPC resource managers, I/O libraries
  • Familiarity with template-based approaches to parallelism, such as Kokkos, Raja, or SYCL.
  • Experience with LaTeX
Salary Range

$100,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
  • May work around standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of keyboard around workstation.
Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Importantfor applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers:You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure thatALLRequired Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an ,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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