The DXL lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are hiring a postdoc for a one year term with a possibility to extend for another two years.
The primary focus of this postdoc will be improving yt (yt-project.org, a python toolkit for analyzing and visualizing volumetric data) and adding support in yt for data used in fields across the physical sciences. We are particularly looking for candidates with a background in Earth science fields such as geophysics, seismology, oceanography, and meteorology, but interested candidates with a background in plasma physics, astronomy, nuclear engineering, or computational fluid dynamics are also encouraged to apply. This is in support of a funded NSF grant which you can read more about here: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.2061465.v1
Please see the job ad for more details, copied below: http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/about/jobs/pra_yt
To learn more about the DXL lab see our website: https://data-exp-lab.github.io/
NCSA invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position to develop scientific software for analyzing and visualizing volumetric data based on the yt project, an open source, community-developed python package. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of systems and software in support of a newly awarded National Science Foundation grant to expand the yt community to new fields in the physical sciences.
Develop community models and tools for use in computational and
data-intensive science and engineering more generally. Conduct software development for community tools such as yt to extend support for data from domains such as weather, seismology, oceanography, and engineering. Conduct outreach to domain research groups and conferences to demonstrate the capabilities of yt for working with common data formats and research data. Conduct research in related areas of physical and computational science. Releasing open source community software tools as well as publications describing those tools. Participating in grant proposal writing. Researchers are encouraged to further their own research interests in collaboration with the broad range of projects going on at NCSA. Interact with teams at NCSA, including specifically the ISDA, ISL, and visualization teams, as well with the national projects led by NCSA including the National Data Service and the Blue Waters team on development of scalable algorithms and codes at the petascale, and the XSEDE team in the development and deployment of computing and data-services and tools for communities in the physical sciences. Connect to faculty, postdocs, and students on campus, especially in the School of Information Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Geology, Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences Departments.
Required education and experience
A recent PhD in meteorology, seismology, oceanography, physics,
astronomy, computer science, information science, or a related field. Experience working with large, complex datasets and research data formats common in the applicant’s field of study. Experience with the Python programming language. Analytical problem solving ability. Strong written and oral communication skills. Good interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Experience visualizing or analyzing volumetric datasets in the context
of computational fluid dynamics simulations or tomographic reconstruction of remote sensing observations. Prior experience with one or more of the following computational approaches: Adaptive mesh refinement (AMR). Lagrangian methods, including N-body methods, smoothed particle hydrodynamics, or other meshless hydrodynamics methods. Finite element methods and unstructured meshes. Hydrodynamics on curvilinear or geographically referenced meshes. Familiar with yt, xarray, numba, dask, pandas, vaex, matplotlib or other python data science libraries. Experience with C, C++, Cython, Rust, or other low-level compiled languages is also encouraged. Experience working in the open on free and open source software using Git and GitHub.
The expected start date is August 16, 2018. The appointment will be for a fixed term of one year with the possibility of extension. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and relevant research.
For full consideration, interested applicants should send their application materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, links to recent publications, names/contact information of 3 references) to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "NCSA SI2 Postdoc Application" in the subject line. Interviews and hires may take place prior to the closing date and early applications are encouraged; however, full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date or until the search closes.
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