Job title: Advanced Research Computing Analyst

Company: University of Saskatchewan

Job description: Advanced Research Computing AnalystThe University of Saskatchewan is a world leader in water and food security, vaccine development and infectious diseases, and human, animal, and environmental health. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) division provides innovative and disciplined support and expertise as an integral part of ensuring USask becomes the university the world needs. The division is also committed to fostering a workplace culture that promotes diversity, collaboration, and professional growth.USask provides employees many benefits such as flexible work arrangements; access to the university’s recreation services; ongoing professional development and mentorship and a comprehensive benefits and pension program.Primary Purpose: In support of Research Computing in ICT, the Advanced Research Computing (ARC) Analyst accelerates research at the University by facilitating the effective use of ARC resources and High Performance Computing (HPC) resources provided by the University and Digital Research Alliance of Canada. The position is responsible for supporting faculty members, students, and staff, by providing ARC support to a wide variety of research projects through different stages of the research life cycle.Nature of Work: The ARC Analyst reports to the ARC Coordinator and works with both research team members and system administrators in ICT Systems and Research Computing, providing advanced computing solutions in the form of infrastructure, software, and consulting services. The ARC Analyst adapts and supports scientific software to establish efficient workflows on ARC infrastructure, implements algorithms, compiles technical reports, and supports research projects through analysis. The analyst promotes ARC community growth by conducting and organizing workshops and seminars for faculty and students and prepares technical training materials. The ARC analyst serves both locally at the University of Saskatchewan and as an analyst for Digital Research Alliance of Canada, supporting Canadian research on national ARC infrastructure.This position requires expertise in the use of research technologies, a client-focused and collaborative approach to service, and an understanding of the research process and the IT environment of the university. The position requires the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team, and to appropriately prioritize response to a wide variety of time-sensitive tasks.Participation in local and Digital Research Alliance of Canada meetings and working groups is expected and occasional travel, both within Canada and internationally, may be required.Occasional work outside of core business hours is required, balanced by flex-time consideration.Accountabilities:The key accountabilities for this position are:

Heavy-Duty Technician
  • Help researchers and major research projects advance their research by implementing appropriate ARC frameworks.
  • Optimize and/or adapt code and software packages for researchers to make optimal use of HPC resources.
  • Provide consultancy on algorithm development and implementation, and technical software development.
  • Organize, prepare, and conduct introductory seminars in advanced research computing and HPC for staff and researchers.
  • Organize, prepare and conduct advanced seminars;
  • Prepare tutorials and short guides related to the packages and frameworks in our research community.
  • Promote the impact of the HPC resources and the Research Computing group services in the research community.
  • Provide user support and technical issue resolution through issue tracking systems maintained by the University and Digital research Alliance of Canada.
  • Participate effectively in Digital Research Alliance of Canadatechnical and working groups, where assigned.
  • Actively participate in the ICT Systems and Research Computing team, including discussions, decisions and tasks related to the overall configuration, operation, and support of IT for research and scholarship.
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues, including cultural, socio-economic and other factors affecting Indigenous Peoples and an awareness that Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority at the University.

Education & Experience: We appreciate that non-traditional career paths may have developed a candidate’s competency, and alternate combinations of education and experience may be considered.A diploma, certificate or degree in a related discipline is required (e.g., computer science, engineering). A graduate degree would be an asset. Demonstrated progress through increasingly responsible, substantive positions involving research, advanced research computing, and/or information technology.Skills: Strong communication skills in English (written and spoken). Ability to work in multidisciplinary projects with people with different backgrounds and technical skill levels. Ability to work independently with an interest in learning new technologies and solving scientific problems with software.Experience with any of the following will be considered an asset:

  • Conducting or collaborating on research projects, particularly those that involve simulation or advanced research computing
  • Linux and shell scripting
  • Common scripting languages used in scientific computing (e.g., Python, Matlab, Julia, R)
  • Programming languages commonly used in scientific computing (e.g., C/C++ and/or Fortran)
  • Parallelization tools (e.g., OpenMP, OpenMPI, OpenACC and/or CUDA)
  • Algorithm development
  • Schedulers (e.g., PBS, Torque, Slurm) and HPC cluster environments
  • Teaching/instruction, particularly at post-secondary level

Possessing familiarity with the following areas would be an asset:

  • Data management
  • Scientific visualization software
  • Use of Digital Research Alliance of Canada (or similar scale) advanced computing infrastructure
  • Data center management
  • Software development methodologies

Knowledge of the University of Saskatchewan’s culture and goals would be an asset.Department: ICT ResrchLibrary&DataCtr Tech
Status: Permanent
Employment Group: ASPA
Shift: Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1
Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $67,681.00 – 105,753.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Family (if applicable): Information Technology
Salary Phase/Band: Phase 2
Posted Date: 5/17/2024
Closing Date: 6/6/2024 at 6:00 pm CST
Number of Openings: 1
Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask’s Alternative Workspace GuidelinesThe successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:Criminal Record Check: Yes
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable The University is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion, and are proud to support career opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reflect the community we serve. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally, and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous employees provide to strengthen these relationships. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

Location: Saskatoon, SK

Job date: Sat, 18 May 2024 22:38:35 GMT