Scientific Application Developer Positions (2) at UW-Milwaukee

The Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics (CGCA) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is looking for two creative, energetic and talented individuals to join our scientific computing team. You will specialize in building and supporting software for the LIGO ( project.

LIGO is an ambitious project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to detect gravitational waves from astrophysical sources and is part of a worldwide network of gravitational-wave detectors. You will be working toward ground-breaking research, with cutting edge computing challenges, in collaboration with top scientists from around the world.

Members of the CGCA play an important role in LIGO concentrating on data analysis and software infrastructure. The CGCA at UW-Milwaukee also offers an exciting and friendly environment in which to work and play. We have a world-class scientific computing team that works on software for LIGO and other astronomy projects. With almost forty faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, the center is a fun and vibrant place to work.

Maintain, enhance and support LIGO data handling and analysis software including the LIGO Data Replicator and the Gravitational-wave Candidate Event Database. Take ownership of your projects and be responsible for the definition, architecture, and implementation of applications which enhance the scientific productivity of the LIGO collaboration. Keep current on big data trends to identify new technologies that can be effectively leveraged for LIGO data handling and analysis.

Have a PhD in Physics, Computing Science or a related field, a minimum of two years of related research experience beyond the PhD, demonstrated experience with large data sets, and strong analytical troubleshooting skills. Be proficient in at least one high-level scripting language, familiar with C/C++, and comfortable with Unix operating systems. Familiarity with Debian and/ or Redhat Linux administration and packaging tools would be a plus, as would knowledge of Globus tools. Experience developing web UIs with AJAX, json and related technologies is also desirable, but not required.

Apply online via UWM Job Posting 17244. This recruitment will continue until a final candidate is selected. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2014. Applications received after February 28, 2014 may not be considered. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Employment will require a criminal background check.

Information Technology Analyst 3 or Consultant at LSU CCT

The Information Technology Analyst 3 or Consultant works with researchers in the CCT focus areas in the design of software systems to support scientific research; works with Cyberinfrastructure Development (CyD) to promote adoption of CCT frameworks and tools; supports the research goals of the CCT Coast to Cosmos and Core Computational Sciences focus areas; develops and supports software, particularly Cactus and related tools, and educating others about its use; ensures that this software makes efficient use of computational resources, e.g. via providing optimization, deploying tools, or consulting; conducts research in relativistic astrophysics and other research groups, complementing the strategic goals and plans of the CCT Coast to Cosmos focus area; ensures that this research is making efficient use of novel and emerging technologies, including technologies from the Core Computational Sciences focus area; prepares proposals and reports; represents the CCT at national and international meetings.

This is not the full ad for the position. For the full ad and/or to apply you should go to

The LSU System is an equal opportunity/equal access employer. The position is open until filled and hence the deadline above is not accurate.

Scientific IT Specialist at the Albert Einstein Institute

The Astrophysical Relativity Division of the Albert Einstein Institute (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) in Potsdam (Germany) seeks a creative individual with experience in both scientific research and information technology (IT) to fill a new hybrid research/IT position within the institute. While great flexibility is left in the vision of the position, which the candidate will also help define, the successful applicant is expected to assist the scientists in their computational efforts to model sources of gravitational waves. On a case-by-case basis, the successful applicant may also negotiate a fraction of his/her time for use in independent research.

The initial mandate of the position is threefold. First, assisting the scientists in the development of their numerical codes and in their optimization to best exploit new supercomputing infrastructures and architectures (e.g. MPI, openMP, etc). Second, investigating the best and most effective computational solutions that could be relevant for the scientific research carried out by the scientists. Third, as changing scientific conditions and computational resources dictate (e.g. cloud computing, GPUs, etc), develop new strategies that exploit them at best and train the scientists in their use.

The position is initially for 5 years, but it could be extended to longer periods and may eventually become permanent. The salary will be a very competitive one within the German scientific system and could include additional allowances if the candidate also manages a small group.

Applications  should be sent electronically to Prof. L. Rezzolla ( as a single PDF file containing a CV, a publication list, a research summary and proposal. Applicants should also  arrange for at least 2 letters of reference. All material should arrive by Dec. 31st, 2009 and the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.



* A PhD or PhD-level experience in Physics, Math, Computer Science or closely related discipline.
* A proficient knowledge of written and spoken English


* Familiarity and previous exposure to scientific culture and operating procedures.
* Expert-level computing skills particularly with respect to HPC on massively parallel platforms, proficiency in several programming languages (C, C++, Fortran, Python, etc.).
* Experience conducting research in physics with preference to relativity, astrophysics and hydrodynamics.
* Previous exposure to the computational infrastructure developed and used at the institute (e.g. Cactus Computational Toolkit, Carpet AMR driver, Whisky HD and MHD code).

The last two intems are important additional values but not pre-requisites.


* A positive, outgoing personality with a genuine interest in engaging scientists and assisting them to improve their research.
* A teamwork-oriented, problem-solving attitude and the ability to coordinate and lead a dedicated research group.
* Strong verbal and written skills. The candidate must be able to demonstrate and communicate his visions and suggestions and to train the scientists in the use of new computational strategies.
* The ability to build strong relationships within the local and the global scientific community and become a trusted, expert advisor.
* A flexible working schedule adapted to the equally flexible working schedule of the scientists.
* Reseach-planning and proposal writing abilities: the candidate is expected to assist the scientists in their requests of new computational facilities and to actively attract external funding to promote and support the research of his/her group.

Scientific IT Specialist at Perimeter Institute

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) seeks a creative individual with experience in both scientific research and information technology (IT) to fill a new hybrid research / IT position within the Institute. The successful applicant will bring his / her own vision to the position and help define it. A key aspect of the position is to assist PI’s scientific staff in making effective use of IT resources. We expect this position’s activities to evolve over time as needs and opportunities arise.

The initial mandate of the position is twofold. First, directly assisting Researchers in their use of IT resources and improving their ability to use currently known and available tools. Second, provide leadership by introducing Researchers to the best new IT resources that are available to them. This would include defining and sharing knowledge regarding these practices with the rest of the worldwide theoretical physics community, furthering PI’s role as a community resource. This includes but is not limited to: the use of end-user software, software coding, collaboration technologies, and social networking tools. On a case-by-case basis, the successful applicant may also negotiate a fraction of his / her time for use in independent research.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Act as a knowledge broker among Researchers. That is, find and test new programs and practices, advertise them, and be prepared to train others in their use
• Research and follow up on suggestions made by others regarding new software packages, equipment, etc. and their applicability to PI’s research;
• Participate in the creation of a “standard”, yet highly productive, Researcher IT environment (desktop hardware, software set-up), maximizing the use of open source software and/or popular commercial packages;
• As demand dictates, be a liaison with SHARCNET (or other HPC) resources. Be ready to help researchers to gain the expertise available at these facilities. Assist with the deployment and management of any PI large scale computing clusters.
• Work with other IT staff to refine standard IT service and support to better suit PI’s scientific community
• Bring or quickly develop an expert level knowledge in the use of the main packages used by Researchers, including Mathematica, Maple, LaTeX, etc.;
• Bring in depth knowledge of Linux and to a lesser extent Windows/Mac to assist Researchers with technical problems; participate in architectural planning for efficient use of IT throughout a research program

Candidate Profile:

A PhD or PhD-level experience in Physics, Math, Computer Science or closely related discipline which necessitated the in depth use of IT resources

• Familiarity and comfort with scientific / scientist culture and operating procedures
• Extensive experience conducting research in Physics (preferred) or a closely related discipline; i.e., direct familiarity with research processes
• Expert level IT skills, particularly with respect to Researcher end user applications
• Experience working in a team environment in a support role
• Ideally, operational experience in IT systems

Leadership Skills, Knowledge and Attributes
• A positive, outgoing personality with a genuine interest in engaging Researchers and assisting them to improve their use of IT
• Dynamic, quick-learner who can deal easily with the rapidly changing demands and possibilities of IT technology and researcher needs
• Able to build strong relationships within the Research community and become a trusted, expert advisor
• Strong verbal and written skills. The candidate must be able to demonstrate and communicate improved ways of using IT through a variety of media and presentation methods
• Ability to advocate for the effective use of technology within the research community both within PI and externally
• Teamwork-oriented problem solving attitude

Qualified and interested applicants are invited to apply online at under the “Careers” section by Friday, December 11, 2009.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority