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Software engineer for climate and health (RE2)


Barcelona Supercomputing Center


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Barcelona, Spain    

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Barcelona, Spain    

Application Deadline

Until Filled

Context And Mission

The BSC Earth Sciences Department (ES) is looking for a software developer to consolidate and further develop the existing software environment for the Global Health and Resilience Group’s portfolio of climate, health and digital technology projects. The software engineer will be a member of the Data and Diagnostics Team (DDT), which has developed a suite of R packages and dashboards used by the scientists of the department to perform their analysis and verify the simulations over observations and reanalysis, from subseasonal to decadal time scales, from the load of the data to the computation of the diagnostics and scores and the visualization.

The successful applicant will join the team to contribute to the development and computational optimization of R packages, dashboards and user interfaces linking climate and and health data in decision-support models, in collaboration with the department’s Global Health Resilience (GHR) group, led by ICREA Professor Rachel Lowe.The mission of the GHR group is to apply a transdisciplinary approach to co-designing policy-relevant methodological solutions, to enhance surveillance, preparedness and response to climate-sensitive disease outbreaks and emergence. In close collaboration with stakeholders and R tool users, the successful applicant will participate in different projects operating in Europe and the Latin America & Caribbean region to develop the R data and modelling analysis functions, packages and dashboards required to meet user needs. These data, modelling and visualisation tools will be developed within a High Performance Computing environment.

Moreover, the applicant will contribute to the ongoing strategy for the development of the Earth Sciences Department tools, thereby increasing the applicability and international visibility—and hence the impact—of the research and services emerging from present and future projects.

Key Duties

Development and optimization of R packages for climate and health projects.
Co-production of dashboard and data platforms to interrogate data and visualise results.
Contribute to the development of training materials for capacity strengthening workshops
Liaise between internal and external groups across multiple research sites in-country and internationally.


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: as soon as possible

Special Requirements
Requirements Education A Masters in Computer Science, Telecommunications, Mathematics, Physics or related discipline Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience Prior experience in a software development position Excellent skills in R and/or other interpreter languages Experience with UNIX/LINUX environments and scripting languages (bash,etc) Knowledge of climate data formats (GRIB, NetCDF) Previous experience in HPC architecture and parallel programming (multi-threaded applications) will be valued Good programming skills to manage big and collaborative projects and experience with git Interest in climate change and global health challenges Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience Knowledge of health related data types will be valued Competences Capacity to interact and build strong relations with researchers, engineers, and users Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to show initiative, prioritise tasks and work under set deadlines. Ability to work both independently and within a team. Ability to learn and adapt to multiple programming languages easily. Fluency in English, both speaking and writing

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