Job Description

Payroll Title:
San Diego Supercomputer Center
Hiring Pay Scale
$63,400 - $95,000 / Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#120658 Computational Data Science Research Specialist

Extended Deadline: Wed 10/4/2023

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The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is a world leader in using, innovating and providing cyberinfrastructure to enable advances and new discovery in science and engineering. Focusing on data-oriented and computational science and engineering applications, SDSC serves as an international resource for data cyberinfrastructure through the provision of software, hardware and human resources in multidisciplinary science and engineering, and is a leading national cyberinfrastructure center to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and broader community.

SDSC’s User Services group is responsible for frontline user support of SDSC’s supercomputers, storage systems and related infrastructure that cost tens of millions of dollars. Staff are involved in installing applications and supporting users of complex, leading edge and large-scale supercomputers comprising latest processors and accelerators, interconnects, storage technologies and system software. The group supports large-scale supercomputers and storage systems funded by the NSF under the auspices of the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS). These systems support tens of thousands of users from all the domain sciences and engineering disciplines from the UCSD campus, national academic institutions, and international communities. Various industries also utilize these supercomputers. The User Services group is part of SDSC’s Data-Enabled Scientific Computing (DESC) Division.


The Computational Data Science Research Specialist will apply skills as a seasoned, experienced IT research professional. Uses computational, computer science, data science, and CI software research and development principles, with relevant domain science knowledge where applicable, along with professional programming concepts for medium-sized projects or portions of larger projects. The incumbent will develop and optimize a variety of computational, data science, and CI research tools and components; perform research on current and future HPC, data, CI technologies, and hardware and software projects; work on algorithm development, optimization, programming, performance analysis and / or benchmarking assignments of moderate-large scope where the tasks involve knowledge of either domain / computer science research requirements and / or CI design / implementation requirements; as well as provide advanced support for the full range of complex problems associated with writing, developing, debugging, profiling and running HPC and data intensive applications.

This involves in-depth analysis of the factors impacting user code performance and complex troubleshooting procedures to isolate problems in a HPC environment. Additionally, they will lead the development of containerized solutions for enabling research workflows on HPC resources and work closely with scientific applications lead, user services management, and EOT director to develop and deliver training, documentation, and workshops. The incumbent's primary role is to support SDSC's Expanse, Voyager, and NRP resources, but they will be expected to assist in supporting other SDSC systems as well that may become part of SDSC's offered resources.

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This position may be eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Computer / Computational / Data Science, or Domain Sciences with computer / computational / data specialization or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred.

  2. Advanced skills, and demonstrated experience associated with one or more of the following: HPC hardware and software power and performance analysis and research, design, modification, Implementation and deployment of HPC or data science or CI applications and tools. Advanced knowledge of modern software engineering techniques, including version control, documentation, testing, design, requirements gathering and deployment.

  3. Thorough experience working in a complex computing / data / CI environment encompassing all or some of the following: HPC, data science infrastructure and tools / software, and diverse domain science application base. Experience working in high performance virtualized environments.

  4. Demonstrated broad experience in one or more of the following: optimizing, benchmarking, HPC performance and power modeling, analyzing hardware, software, and applications for HPC / data / CI.

  5. Advanced skills and experience with one of the following: 1) Parallel programming using MPI/OpenMP/hybrid approaches; 2) HPC application development using C/C++/FORTRAN; and 3) Application of data analytics tools/frameworks like Hadoop, Spark, and R.

  6. Demonstrated ability to work with common data science/machine learning environments including but not limited to Matlab, R, Python, TensorFlow, and PyTorch.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Travel may be required.

  • Some afterhours work for upgrades, and planned and emergency systems outages that may occur.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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