• Research Software Engineer

    Requisition # 2018-8814
    Date Posted 3 weeks ago(5/24/2018 1:57 PM)
    Department
    Research Computing
    Category
    Information Technology
    Full-Time / Part-Time
    Full-Time
  • Overview

    Do you want to help enable and advance groundbreaking academic research through software development? Do you have a background in research but love to write code?

     

    Are you looking to apply your scientific or HPC programming expertise to a novel set of research problems? If so, Princeton University's Research Computing department is recruiting a Research Software Engineer to join the fast growing Research Software Engineering (RSE) Group.

     

    In the RSE Group, we collectively provide computational research expertise to multiple divisions within the University. As a central team of software experts, we are focused on improving the quality, performance, and sustainability of Princeton’s computational research software. Our group is committed to building collaborative environments in which the best software engineering practices are valued, and to sharing and applying cross-disciplinary computational techniques in new and emerging areas.

     

    In this position, you will be an integral member of multiple research teams focused on cutting-edge social science research. You will join teams of researchers associated with the Department of Politics and the Department of Sociology to develop efficient and scalable research code by providing computational expertise in algorithm development, selection, and optimization.

     

    If you have a strong background in scientific programming, high performance computing, academic research, and an interest in computational social science you have the right skill set to make an immediate impact on multiple high-profile research projects.

     

    This position will require you to work closely with colleagues in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) as well as with faculty, student/postdoctoral researchers, and technical staff in the Politics and Sociology departments to enable and accelerate their research computing efforts.

    Responsibilities

    • Parallelize, debug, port, and tune existing research code.
    • Provide technical expertise and guidance for improving the performance and quality of existing politics and sociology code bases. 
    • Lead and co-lead the design and construction of increasingly complex research software systems. 
    • Understand and address software engineering questions that arise in research planning.
    • Maintain knowledge of current and future software development tools and techniques, programming languages, and high-performance computing hardware.
    • Co-author publications.

    Qualifications

    • Strong programming skills, particularly in the languages used in social science high-performance computing applications (e.g. C/C++, Python, R).
    • Experience tuning and optimizing research software
    • Demonstrated successes contributing to a collaborative research team
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Ability to learn new systems beyond area of core knowledge.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse user base having varied levels of technical proficiencies.
    • Experience working in an academic research environment.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Background in statistics, machine learning, political science, or related field.
    • Parallel programming expertise.

    Education

    Bachelor’s degree.  A graduate degree or equivalent experience in a research setting is preferred.

     

     

    Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

    Salary Grade

    AIT, 030

    Standard Weekly Hours

    36.25

    Eligible for Overtime

    No

    Benefits Eligible

    Yes

    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

    No

    Physical Capacity Exam Required

    No

    Valid Driver’s License Required

    No

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