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Principal Exascale Systems Engineer (Fixed Term)


The University of Cambridge Open Exascale Lab (COEL) is an exciting new initiative to explore and exploit the next generation of advanced technologies which will form the world's fastest supercomputers. These state-of-the-art systems will allow us to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, design new materials, clean energy solutions, and to develop and deliver personalised medicine and data-driven healthcare.

The COEL is housed within Cambridge Research Computing Service a long standing and leading UK National Supercomputing Center, providing HPC services to world leading scientists, medics and engineers across the UK. We operate the UK's most powerful academic supercomputer, the UK fastest academic AI system, the UK's fastest data storage solution and the UK's first production 10 petaflop GPU/X86 heterogenous system. This is all managed by a highly innovative OpenStack Research Computing Software Environment via a software defined / DevOps methodology evolved for the cloud native world we live in today.

The COEL has several exciting opportunities for exceptional candidates to join a growing team within the lab.

The Principal Exascale Systems Engineer will manage a small team of highly technical engineers working on several projects focussed on integrating and optimising a variety of systems middleware, high performance filesystems, advanced networks and accelerators in order to take advantage of upcoming state-of-the-art supercomputing, Big Data and AI technologies. This successful candidate will have:

  • A MSc or PhD degree in Computer Engineering, a computational science-based discipline or significant relevant experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of advanced supercomputing technologies such as accelerators, parallel file systems and advanced high-performance networks
  • The ability and experience to articulate a holistic view of the hardware and software components working together to provide an optimised solution.
  • Experience of configuration management and automation methods using technologies such as Ansible and Terraform and cloud computing platforms such as OpenStack will be highly advantageous.

You will work with closely with the technical programme manager, key academic collaborators and external stakeholders to define and assure successful delivery of the projects You will have experience of using, managing and deploying large scale computational and data intensive infrastructures.

Additionally, candidates should have demonstrable experience of managing highly technical teams and excellent communications skills, you will be confident in presenting the work of your team to a variety of external stakeholders and peers.

Further information is available on our website and in the attached further particulars document.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

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Please upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For any queries regarding this position, please contact Dr O.G Parchment via email ogp21@cam.ac.uk

As we have a number of available positions we will be reviewing applications and inviting suitable applicants for interview every 3-4 weeks.

If you are interested, we ask that you submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close these adverts at any time once we have received sufficient applications and/or made offers of employment.

Further information is available on our website https://www.exascale.hpc.cam.ac.uk/ and in the attached further particulars document.

Please quote reference VC27340 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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