Faculty Research Software Engineer Manager (Fixed Term)
The Faculty of Mathematics seeks to recruit a Research Software Engineering
(RSE) Project Manager to start as soon as possible.
The role holder is expected to provide oversight of the Faculty of Mathematics
Computing Development Platform, an HPC and data analytics supercomputer
facility, together with Research Software Engineers supporting related
programming efforts within Faculty research groups.
The role holder will be responsible for strategic design and enhancement of
the Computing Development Platform and will provide second-tier support to
research staff using the system, and will be expected to take technical
responsibility for the Faculty of Mathematics' HPC training resource. This
encompasses the design, tier-two support and service improvement by the
identification and addressing of fundamental, systemic issues of services
failure. It also includes the management and resolution of any service
disruption. The role holder will take responsibility for the development and
ongoing operation of services for HPC application development, delivery and
training; and high-performance computing including design, specification,
procurement, commissioning and support. Note that there is an HPC System
Administrator in post, so the latter is a shared and strategic responsibility.
The role will provide senior-level expertise to oversee the employment and
coordination of Research Software Engineers based within individual research
groups. The role facilitates RSE teamwork in the areas of testing, profiling
and improving the performance of parallel code in preparation for production
runs on external HPC facilities, using in-depth optimisation and tuning of
code submitted by users and improvement of parallel scaling characteristics.
The role advises Faculty members on grant applications for RSE support and
hardware procurement and supports them by offering RSE-based assistance.
The role holder is expected to have experience of programming in C, C++,
Fortran 90 and Python, using scripting languages such as Bash and Perl, and of
parallel-programming using OpenMP and MPI as well as for GPU systems. They
will have a track record of administering and integrating Linux operating
systems in a research environment with experience of sustainable configuration
management and automation, and of configuring and managing Linux HPC clusters
and massive SMP systems, including the management of queuing systems such as
Moab/Torque and Slurm). Their experience of software development will include
standard software engineering practices such as source control systems and
more advanced techniques of compilation, optimisation and installation methods
on a variety of scientific HPC applications. Knowledge of storage sub-systems,
co-processors (such as the Xeon Phi) and accelerators (such as GPU) would
be very desirable.
The role holder will need to become proficient in a variety of techniques
related to developing code for HPC systems: benchmarking, debugging, profiling
and optimisation including vectorization of parallel applications. They will
be expected to have experience of visualisation techniques for massive
parallel computations; of programming on HPC architectures with coprocessors
and accelerators. The role holder would be expected to be actively involved in
training PhD students. Courses for this purpose are available through the new
Master's degree in Data Intensive Science, so the role would be expected to
advise and assist MPhil faculty members with course design and teaching.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first
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knowledge, skills and experience match the requirement of the role. Please
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the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the
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Please quote reference LE33214 on your application and in any correspondence
about this vacancy.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and
encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome
applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy.
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to live and work in the UK.
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
16 September 2022
23 October 2022