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HPC Emerging Technology Researcher

Chevron Published: October 8, 2018
Houston, Texas
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This position will be accountable for strategic research, technology development and business engagement to deliver High Performance Computing solutions that differentiate Chevron’s performance. The successful candidate is expected to manage projects and small programs and personally apply and grow technical skills in the Advanced Computing space.  They will participate on a team that works closely with HPC operations groups as well as developers and users in various functional groups (E.g. Geophysics, Geology, Reservoir Simulation). The candidate will also work with the IT R&D Portfolio Manager to establish and maintain a program of strategic research and technology development projects.  Results will be generated by working closely with domain experts in the businesses. The candidate should have a strong desire to identify suitable advanced computing techniques and technologies and apply them to relevant application areas within Chevron.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Geophysics or Computer Science.
  • 5+ years of experience in the development and deployment of large scale scientific computing applications and workflows.
  • Practical experience in the application of parallel programming paradigms (MPI, OpenMP, SIMD/Vectorization) to scientific computing problems.
  • Strong programming skills with experience in C/C++ and other relevant languages with focus on scientific programming.
  • Experience in developing, analyzing, profiling, and improving scalability of scientific HPC algorithms.
  • Knowledge of HPC system infrastructure (compute, network, storage, software infrastructure).
  • Robust background in numerical techniques (numerical partial differential equations, mathematical optimization, etc.).
  • User and developer-level experience in utilizing HPC/Cluster compute environments.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Some travel will be required.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with hardware accelerators (GPU, Xeon Phi, etc.).
  • System-administration level experience with Linux OS, particularly in HPC/Cluster environments.
  • Background knowledge of at least one relevant business domain (Geophysics, Geology, Reservoir engineering, Facilities Engineering, …).

This position’s accountabilities include:

  • Leading emerging technology alignment with architecture, asset plans and portfolio planning cycles.
  • Application of HPC technologies and methodologies to R&D projects in various functions, including the development of new HPC applications and codes.
  • Piloting emerging technologies in partnership with stakeholders to execute Chevron's IT technology strategies.
  • Maturing emerging technologies to a specific level of maturity, generating organizational awareness and longer-term ownership in asset teams.
  • Identification of internal & external influences from business and technology which have mid-to-long term impact on Technology Management at Chevron.
  • Influencing the development of technical competencies as aligned with emerging information technologies.
  • Execute effective management of technology partnerships with vendors, academia, national labs, and government agencies in areas of functional responsibility.
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