Computational Research Specialist position available at George Mason University

Posted by Noni Ledford on 08/16/2019 18:19 UTC

Computational Research Specialist

The George Mason University, Office of Research Computing (ORC) invites highly qualified candidates to apply for the post of Computational Research Specialist position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Office of Research Computing supports the research cyber-infrastructure needs of the university’s research and education community. Reporting to both the Vice President for Information Technology and the Vice President for Research, the office provides support for cutting-edge research technology infrastructure and activities, serving as a primary contact for research customers, coordinating the activities of research technologists and the adoption of research technologies (including software), fostering self-help communities, and maintaining a sustainable research lab support model.

Position Summary:
The Computational Research Specialist will support the Office of Research Computing (ORC) by providing support to a diverse group of Mason researchers that need access to the ORC resources and services.

Investigating and educating Mason researchers on the availability of both internal and external cyberinfrastructure resources;
Investigating new approaches and technologies, researching and testing new solutions;
Developing and maintaining a comprehensive understanding of research activities across Mason campus;
Staying current with national/international research landscape to apply appropriate technical solutions in support of the Mason researchers;
Collecting and reporting metrics of the impact of research computing
Building community on Mason campus and with national/international groups, engaging in peer mentoring;
Installing, debugging and maintaining scientific applications, and understanding best use practices needed to take full advantage of the Mason’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources;
Responsible for training and helping users adapt to a production shared resource, its scheduling system, and data storage systems;
Help produce and present tutorials/workshops in support of ORC activities;
Leading or consulting on data management, data processing and analytics;
Other responsibilities include providing parallel coding support, adapting serial codes, and maintain web documentation.

Required Qualifications:
Masters – Computer Science, Physics or related field;
Advanced knowledge of Linux/UNIX systems;
Experience building, installing and maintaining open source software;
Experience with distributed parallel computing architectures and software systems;
Must be eligible to work in secure computing environments including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in a related field;
Good command of the RedHat Enterprise Linux operating system;
Experience with parallel programming models (e.g., use of OpenMP, MPI, OpenACC, etc.);
Familiarity with Nvidia NGC containers and/or CUDA;
Experience working with MATLAB, R, Python;
Experience with Hadoop/Spark frameworks;
Understanding of scheduling systems and job management in clusters;
Experience with container (e.g. Singularity, Docker) technologies;
Ability to manage competing requirements in a diverse user population;
Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with strong analytical ability;
High degree of motivation and ability to work with faculty, researchers, students and IT professionals;
Strong debugging and trouble shooting skills.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.