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Senior Technical Leader


Barcelona Supercomputing Center


Earth Sciences Department

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Job Location

Barcelona, Spain    

Applicant Location Requirements

Barcelona, Spain    

Application Deadline

May 16, 2024

Context And Mission

The Laboratory of Open Computer Architecture (LOCA) at Barcelona Supercomputing Center aims to break through traditional disciplinary silos and lead the research and development of European open software and hardware stacks based on the RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture for Exascale and beyond. This will be done with BSC’s scientific departments to produce highly optimized grand challenge scientific applications in climate modelling, personalized medicine and energy. LOCA spans topics ranging from Computer Architecture to System Software to Applications, in both traditional HPC and emerging High-Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) and is working towards EU autonomy in HPC technologies. BSC is looking for one domain expert for each of the centre’s application departments (Earth Science, Life Science and Engineering Sciences) to contribute to this aim.

This is being done with the support of BSC’s Severo Ochoa award for the 2023-26 period, which aims to boost BSC capacities to codesign hardware and software, maximise internal and external synergies, expand international leadership, provide best-practice career development with strong gender actions, and enhance societal engagement and technology transfer. (

The candidate will work for the Earth Sciences Department, led by Prof Francisco Doblas-Reyes, aims to deliver novel, advanced, and well-evaluated high-resolution global climate models capable of simulating and predicting climate estimations with unprecedented reliability. This work is done through computational and numerical models implemented to work in massive supercomputers and novel hardware.

Main goal
Apply domain expertise and coordinate activities performed by the Earth Sciences computational applications focused on the identification, characterization, optimization, and co-design of HPC applications in collaboration with experts on system software and open hardware architectures.

Key Duties

– Identify applications of interest for Earth Sciences department that can benefit from other groups/departments’ support.

– Help to characterize the core applications for the department by using the resources available at BSC and contribute to the definition of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for improving their performance.

– Work to optimize domain applications for BSC-designed RISC-V HPC processors in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to enhancing the full HPC stack.

– Be the representative of the department for the LOCA co-design Severo Ochoa activities

– Follow the progress of PhD students and research engineers of the department, associated with the LOCA initiative

– Identify existing co-design activities being performed within multiple, track the work, inform on relevant aspects, promote synergies and exchange of best practice.

– Co-organize regular sessions to disseminate the knowledge, progress, and projects of the Severo Ochoa, in the shape of workshops and/or seminars.


The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department

– We offer a full-time contract (37.5h/week), a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures

– Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration

– Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement

– Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona

– Starting date: asap

Special Requirements
Requirements Education – Having a Bachelor and Master in Computer Science, Telecommunications, Physics or related discipline – Post-doc or experienced engineer Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience – Good development skills and experience with UNIX/LINUX environments – Excellent computing skills in high-level computer languages (especially FORTRAN or C/C++) – Understanding of HPC computer architecture issues including CPU, accelerators, memory, interconnect, parallel I/O, and computational performance – Knowledge in different hardware architectures and co-design – Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience – Minimum 2 years of experience in technical management/coordination – Fluency in English and Spanish – Mix of technical and soft skills Competences – Good communication skills (verbal and written), and ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to non-experts – Good organization skills, and ability to work under pressure – Proactive and able to take the initiative when needed – Interpersonal skills: the candidate will be working in close collaboration with all the different groups and departments – Creative thinking – Operate independently but love being part of a collaborative team

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