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HPC-HTC Software Specialist – 13027

Jefferson Lab Published: December 15, 2022
Newport News, Virginia
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As a matter of corporate policy, all JSA employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful hires will be required to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination.

Posting Date: 09/27/2022

Range: $107,400 - $169,600 (SCS III)

Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business needs)

Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter.

We are seeking to hire up to two HPC-HTC Software Specialists.

What your job will be like:

As an HPC-HTC (High Performance High Throughput Computing) Software Specialist, you will work closely with hardware manufacturers, scientists, operations and networking teams in projects that develop and deploy software solutions that support complex, compute intensive workloads, parallel filesystems and low latency networks. The specialist will be an innovator who can work as part of a team of skilled professionals, can brainstorm big ideas, work in new technology areas, thrive in ambiguity, able to map trade spaces, able to drive a concept into a prototype, and can envision how a prototype could transition into cutting-edge science.

In this role you will:

  • Coordinate with hardware manufacturers, scientists, engineers and application developers  to architect solutions that fully leverage computing resources and are orders of magnitude faster than the alternatives, while also much easier to use
  • Produce written documentation for diverse audiences, including system administrators, lab management, peers, and professional organizations

Qualifications We Require:


  • BS in computer science, information systems or other relevant information technology field.


  • 6+ years of experience in developing, deploying, and testing high performance high throughput computing based software solutions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience developing, debugging and optimizing applications in Bash, Perl, Python or C/C++.
  • Experience developing software for Linux/Unix variants, especially RedHat/RHEL and its derivatives.
  • Experience with multiple hardware architectures (such as x86, ARM).
  • Experience with kernel and multi-threaded programming.
  • Experience with MPI, OpenMP.
  • Deep understanding of TCP/IP and the Linux networking stack.
  • Experience with high-speed low latency networks (e.g., Infiniband).
  • Experience with job scheduling systems (e.g., SLURM), parallel file systems (e.g., Lustre), and configuration management technologies (e.g., Puppet).
  • Diagnose and resolve system-level issues, analyze and tune performance at scale to deliver a stable and fully tested solution.
  • Communicates and collaborates with stakeholders and software developers for the resolution of technical challenges and clarification of scientific requirements.
  • Ability to clearly communicate and report on progress of tasks and projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to effectively work on project teams.

Qualifications We Desire:


  • Master’s degree in computer science, information systems or other relevant information technology field.


  • 6+ years of experience in developing, deploying, and testing high performance high throughput computing based software solutions.
  • Experience in leading teams on medium to large scale complex projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply knowledge of new products and emerging technologies specifically around HPHTC deployments; leverage existing technology practices, standards, and procedures; manage mid to large-sized infrastructure evaluation and deployment projects.
  • Experience with virtualization and container architecture.
  • Experience working and collaborating in an academic or research environment.

About Jefferson Lab 

Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time. The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.

A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe. Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact. You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.

Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab 

At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave)
  • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Hybrid & Alternate Work Schedules available)
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to employment @ or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

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