Scientific Computing Specialist

Earlham Institute

Applications are invited for a Scientific Computing Specialist to join the Scientific Computing Group at the Earlham Institute.

The Earlham Institute:

By partnering closely with HPC technology leaders, Earlham Institute (EI) boasts world-class compute and storage infrastructure that allows our scientists to undertake some of the most challenging data-intensive research in the fields of genomics and biosciences. High-Performance Computing technology allows our scientists to both store and analyse the huge amounts of data that are characteristic of modern genomics research.

We generate and store over 10 terabytes of new data per week, while the thousands of processing compute cores and terabytes of large-memory architecture supercomputers allow computational tasks to finish in hours or days rather than the months or years on standard desktop computing resources. These resources have enabled such projects as the completion of a new hexaploid wheat genome by EI, using new open data and new open source tools in November 2015.

The Scientific Computing Group:

A primary objective of the Scientific Computing Group is to work very closely with EI researchers to enable them to make the most efficient and effective use of the High-Performance Computing infrastructure at EI. This includes code debugging, profiling and optimisation, support with developing job batch submission scripts, file I/O tuning and the development of ongoing user training and documentation.

The EI Scientific Computing Group carry out these activities in partnership with the core Computing Infrastructure for Science (CiS) team who administer the HPC compute and storage resources. This includes the planning and procurement of new infrastructure for the refresh or replacement of existing resources.

In association with leading technology partners, the Scientific Computing Group also undertake research and evaluation of new software tools and hardware technologies that can improve user productivity and software performance. The group also publish whitepapers, articles and present talks both internally and externally on these activities.

The Scientific Computing Specialist role:

This Scientific Computing Specialist role will undertake the core objectives of the Scientific Computing group, enabling EI's researchers in fulfilling their analytical requirements through active support of our HPC environments including: our commodity linux cluster; our SGI UV large-memory supercomputing machines; our DRAGEN and Xeon Phi co-processor architectures; our scale-out Isilon, NAS, and object store storage layers.

The postholder will help administer, maintain, and develop the effective local, remote, and cloud solutions necessary to meet EI's scientific needs, as well as advising staff on meeting their data management responsibilities and practices.

Finally, this role will need to be involved with compiling, debugging, optimising and profiling bioinformatics applications on EI HPC systems, evaluating novel compute and storage technologies for cutting-edge bioinformatics, and designing, creating and presenting training tutorials, hands-on workshops, and documentation.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This if a fulltime, permanent contract.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003366.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

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