The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, is seeking a Staff Associate III to support the VICTOR project which aims to transform how volcanologists use models to study volcanic eruptions through modernizing the computational infrastructure and tools available to the community.
In this role, the Staff Associate III will use their knowledge of software development, scientific computing, and their analytical skills to help solve complex problems and analyze possible solutions aimed at improved modeling. Will design, support, and advance a new web-based gateway for the volcanology community to access High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources such as cloud platforms (AWS, Google Cloud) and supercomputing networks (NSF/XSEDE). Will design, develop, implement, test, maintain, and support the gateway and associated resources for use by members of the community at large, including faculty, students, and US and international volcano observatory staff. The candidate will serve as the main contact point between the project team and a subcontracted hub engineering team.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Design and build the VICTOR main website based on guidance from the PI team and using standard web design tools.
Collect codes and the required environment components for a set of models selected by the research team.
Design and build workflows that use the selected models in different situations such as benchmarking, UQ, crisis response, using basic knowledge of Earth Science and good knowledge of programming.
Work with the external contracted hub engineer to install the models and workflows on the VICTOR hub.
Share information about the website, portal and workflow with the outreach and education person to develop training materials and manuals.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in the field of computer science, physical sciences, or engineering, or a related field required plus 4 - 6 years of related experience in software development. Advanced degree a plus.
Strong communication skills, team work, and analytical and problem-solving skills required.
Prior experience with high-performance computing, open-source, and research computing gateways such as JupyterHub, OpenOnDemand, HubZero, or similar.
Experience in web development and common programming languages such as pyhton, R, Java, HTML, flask, ruby, or similar.
Familiarity with common scientific computing programs or environments such as MATLAB, Mathematica, STATA, RStudio, Jupyter Notebooks, or similar tools. Experience with scripting basics (e.g., Shell, Batch, Perl, Python) and Linux server configuration and troubleshooting required.
Must be willing and able to learn technologies and required domain knowledge at a rapid pace and work effectively in a dynamic, collaborative environment with colleagues across job functions and departments.
Experience developing stable, secure, scalable scientific web gateways in high-performance computing.
Experience with open source commercial research computing web gateway solutions such as JupyterHub, Airvata, Taverna, OpenOnDemand, OpenXDMod, FastX, HubZero, NanoHub.
Experience utilizing and developing for cloud computer platforms and with version control tools such as git or SVN required.
An understanding of HPC architecture, subsystems, and networking required.
Experience and resourcefulness with all aspects of the software development cycle from analysis through evaluation and documentation when approaching software engineering challenges required.
The position will be located at LDEO in Palisades, New York, and the selectee will need to live within commuting distance of campus. Work will also require travel (less than 10% of time) to Tampa and Boston for collaboration and training workshops with project partners at Tufts and the University of South Florida.
Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1st, contingent upon performance and funding.
The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.
Columbia University benefits are offered with this Officer of Research appointment.
The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.
We accept online applications only.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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