Faculty Research Software Engineer Manager (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

October 23, 2022


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 instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting the recruiting manager for this position at LE33214@maths.cam.ac.uk

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' button of the advert published on the University of Cambridge's Job Opportunities pages. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please indicate the contact details of two referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and cover letter showing how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirement of the role. Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

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.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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    Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics








    16 September 2022

    Closing date

    23 October 2022

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