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Senior Research Software Engineer (Nimbus Team)

About the Unit:
The Nimbus team is an academic leader in research, development, and operations. We work closely with scientific communities to develop innovative solutions in edge to cloud computing that serve the needs of science. Among others, we operate Chameleon, an experimental platform for computer science research where new solutions in cloud computing, machine learning, software defined networking (SDN), and Internet of Things (IoT) are proposed every day by an international research community. The Nimbus team provides a friendly, challenge-oriented environment.

Unit Job Summary/Competencies:
You will work on the intersection of research and development: creating new potential for discovery through working with scientific users — and then taking these new ideas to build production quality solutions that transform the way science is done.

You will:

  • Work with emergent technologies and user requirements in cloud and edge computing to build and evaluate innovative solutions changing the way we do science.
  • Work directly with users to solve problems, troubleshoot issues, and see how your work impacts science daily.
  • Help build and operate the Chameleon experimental platform ( specific tasks may range from integrating state-of-the-art technologies such as disaggregated hardware or IoT/edge devices, evaluating and extending open source systems and tools such as OpenStack, and new feature development — to system upgrades and maintenance or implementing security controls.
  • Collaborate with scientific application groups nationwide, work as part of a large supercomputing center, and an outstanding academic institution.
  • Share your experiences with wider community by contributing to papers as part of a research team that regularly publishes in various academic venues.
Additional Details

Unit Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or another relevant computer-related field required
  • Advanced degree in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field strongly preferred

Unit Experience:

  • At least four years of programming experience (development, debugging, and maintenance) required.
  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux required.
  • Experience with IaaS cloud systems, such as OpenStack or Amazon Web Services, and relevant technologies required.
  • Programming experience with Python strongly preferred.
  • Interest in research and working on challenges that don’t have obvious solutions preferred.
  • Demonstrated contributions to open source software preferred.
  • Experience with distributed systems, performance analysis, and resource and/or data management systems preferred.
  • Experience with virtualization technologies (e.g., Xen, KVM) and/or containers (Docker) preferred.
  • Experience with system administration technologies (e.g., Ceph, MariaDB) and DevOps tools (e.g., Jenkins, Ansible) strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with front-end technologies, portal development, and Jupyter preferred.

Unit Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills required.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines required.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment required. Experience with remote working and associated practices preferred.
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule which will include occasional late night and/or weekend hours required.
  • Ability to think independently and creatively to develop exceptional technical solutions required.
  • Ability to identify similar or complementary commercial or academic solutions and read scientific literature to fill in knowledge gaps as needed required.
  • Sense of humor appreciated.