Research Software Engineer, Associate

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA

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Job Summary

We are seeking a Software Engineer to develop, implement, and integrate components in an Earth system model (ESM) designed to learn from diverse Earth observations, with a focus on the land surface. As a Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA) Research Software Engineer at Caltech, you will work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of curious and creative scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning the CliMA partner institutions.

Essential Job Duties

  • Work on an ambitious, high-profile scientific project with an opportunity to impact the climate sciences worldwide.
  • Use your expertise in Earth system science along with literature review to formulate mathematical models for land surface processes that are at a suitable level of complexity for simulating the Earth's surface for climate applications.
  • Apply your expertise in computational science and your expertise in land surface processes to design and develop innovative software suitable for hardware with accelerators such as GPUs.
  • Develop and implement innovative software solutions to problems in modeling the land surface and other climate model components.
  • Follow best practices of software design and implementation, with a focus on collaborating with stakeholders to understand and meet key requirements, writing clear documentation, ensuring scalability with regards to the addition of new features, and ensuring code maintainability.
  • Manage and contribute to software projects involving scientists, applied mathematicians, and engineers.
  • Work in a friendly and diverse working environment, collaborating closely with researchers in climate science, machine learning, and applied mathematics.

Basic Qualifications

You are expected to have:

  • Completed a PhD degree in a quantitative field such as computer science, applied mathematics, physics, or Earth science.
  • Experience with at least two programming languages (e.g., C, C++, C#, Fortran, Python, Julia); and
  • Experience developing large software projects in a distributed fashion, e.g., contributing to an open-source project with distributed contributors.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Earth science, applied mathematics, physics, or engineering.
  • Experience working with high-performance computing systems, including multicore processors and GPUs or other accelerators.
  • Demonstrated expertise in numerical methods for partial differential equations and/or machine learning and data analysis techniques, through coursework and/or research experience.
  • Familiarity with the Julia language, including package development and performance optimization; and
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and interacting cross-functionally with a wide variety of people.

 Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae


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