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HPC System Software Research Scientist - Remote

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693348

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About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

    World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI) at Sandia is seeking talented computer scientists to help shape the future of extreme-scale scientific computing systems. Driven by more complex workloads and the recent emergence of AI/ML techniques, future high-performance computing (HPC) systems will likely employ more technologies and approaches from hyper scalar data centers and cloud computing. There are currently opportunities to join an energetic and highly talented team in several research areas, including operating and runtime systems, parallel programming models and systems, high-performance networking (MPI, SHMEM, RDMA), virtualization (virtual machines, containers), application development environment tools (compilers, performance analysis), scientific data management, and hardware/software co-design. Sandia has a rich tradition of contributing fundamental advancements to the field of high-performance computing. Several of our innovations are visible in today's largest and most powerful scientific computing systems, and our team is continuing to direct and shape the future. Join us in attacking some of the most challenging problems in scientific computing.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Develop solutions to address challenging computing problems as part of a co-design-oriented research team.

  • Target system software to diverse platforms, from novel testbed systems to leadership-class supercomputers.

  • Communicate ideas and results effectively through presentations, reports, and scientific conference and journal publications.

  • Collaborate with partner universities, vendors, and other DOE laboratories to advance the state of the art in high-performance computing.

    The selected applicant can be a remote worker located in any U.S. State or District of Columbia. Regular or periodic travel to your assigned work location may be required.

Salary Range:

$104,100 - $207,100

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or related field

  • Excellent programming skills (C, C++, others)

  • Experience with modern software development tools

  • Experience with high performance computing systems

  • Experience with parallel or concurrent programming technique

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience developing operating system and/or device-level software

  • Experience programming parallel computing systems using MPI or OpenMP

  • Experience with MPI implementation internals

  • Experience with parallel I/O and filesystems

  • Experience with system software for multi-threaded systems

  • Experience with system software for accelerator-based (GPU, FPGA, etc.) systems

  • Experience in resilience strategies for high-performance computing systems

  • Experience with system software for open standard instruction set architecture (RISC-V)

About Our Team:

The Scalable System Software department supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of system software for extreme-scale parallel computing platforms with a focus on maximizing the performance, scalability, robustness, and efficiency of key scientific, engineering, and analysis applications. Areas of active research include: lightweight compute node operating systems, dynamic adaptive runtime systems, low-level high-performance networking software, application and system resiliency, application performance analysis, RAS software infrastructure, support for integrated analysis, and parallel file systems and I/O.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 693348

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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