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High Performance Computing Engineer

University Park, PA
Type: Full-Time
Posted: 05/27/2021

Job Number: REQ_0000002204


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The Computational Mechanics Division, located in the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Office of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a High Performance Computing (HPC) Engineer to maintain and advance ARL's HPC capabilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage, monitor, and maintain ARL HPC systems
  • Investigate and resolve computational performance issues related to in-house-developed and commercial computational codes
  • Interact with faculty, engineers, and students on computational needs to optimize disk usage and solution times for high-speed, high-throughput file systems
  • Lead the design, procurement, and implementation of ARL's next generation supercomputer systems to maintain solver efficiency and fast turnaround of Navy-critical modeling activities
  • Attend conferences and workshops relevant to HPC, advance skills, and stay current with emerging HPC technologies and trends

Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Master's degree preferred) plus 5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An active Top Secret security clearance is highly desired.

Required skills include:

  • A demonstrated track record of setting and meeting goals
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure of deadlines

Preferred skills Include:

  • Scripting and coding: bash, python, perl, FORTRAN C/C++; large scale parallel filesystems (GPFS, Lustre, etc.); configuring and managing batch schedulers, specifically Slurm, Torque, PBS; common HPC software stacks and management tools

  • Knowledge of standard networking, security practices, and user management

  • Configuration management tools such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible, or Salt

  • Version control systems: Git, SVN, etc; and a working knowledge of Cray proprietary HPC hardware and administration

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

This is a one-year fixed-term renewable appointment.

The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

The following background checks must be successfully completed for this position: 

This position will require successful completion of standard background checks.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. 



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