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Research Software Engineer and Systems Administrator Vacancy Bristol

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within the University’s Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC). The ACRC is one of the UK’s leading High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Research Data Storage (RDS) providers, managing six HPC clusters and a central multi-petabyte research data store. 

The GW4 Consortium, led by the University of Bristol has recently been awarded £4.1M for phase-2 of the Isambard supercomputer project. This will more than double the size of the system and introduces cutting edge A64FX CPUs. We are looking for a team member to help administer the system and support the users who work on it. Isambard is gathering considerable international interest due to its novel use of ARM processors. The project is a collaboration by GW4 consortium (the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Cardiff) and brings together expertise from different domains and research areas. The system forms part of the national EPSRC Tier 2 computing facilities. 

We are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic about HPC, with a mix of systems administration and research software engineering skills. Ideally you will have some experience of some or all of these main areas: 

  • HPC cluster architecture
  • Shell scripting
  • User support
  • Compilers and toolchains (including profilers, debuggers)
  • Common parallel and distributed programming techniques (OpenMP, MPI)
  • C++, FORTRAN, C, Python
  • Benchmarking and performance measurement
  • Code porting and optimisation
  • Job schedulers 

We would be very interested to hear from any candidates who have experience of non-Intel architectures (e.g. POWER, ARM).  Experience working in a multi-institution project would be an advantage but is not essential. 

The role is especially exciting as it involves in-depth involvement in system operation and configuration for a brand new hardware architecture, as well as working on large scale HPC codes and applications with a view to developing codes which are suitable for the exascale computing. 

This stimulating and challenging role offers the opportunity to get involved in hackathons and other events as well as contributing to research papers. The role-holder will also have the opportunity to work on other HPC systems managed by the ACRC. 

The ACRC provides a dynamic and stimulating environment where team members are encouraged to collaborate and develop their skills. Training is a central part of our focus, both in developing skills and expertise and in passing that on to the user community. You will participate in external meetings with GW4 partners and other research establishments. You will have the opportunity to take part in international conferences and to contribute to posters and papers while working with colleagues across the UK and worldwide.  

Please contact Simon Burbidge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Gethin Williams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information. 

This role is full-time and open ended with fixed funding. The deadline for applications is 11:59 on 24th September 2020.  

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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