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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in High Performance Computing
Posted on 11/11/2009

The UMBC High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is searching for a post-doctoral research associate in scientific or statistical computing with a research specialization in parallel computing. Fluency in programming languages and MPI in a Linux environment as well as demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for this position.

UMBC is a medium-sized public research university with 12,000 students including 3,000 graduate students and strong research emphases in science, engineering, information technology, and the mathematical sciences. It is located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor with a concentration of high-tech and bio-tech industry, government agencies and research labs. UMBC was just recognized as Number 1 up-and-coming national university and Number 1 public national university for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News and World Report; see A state-of-the-art 86-node distributed-memory cluster with two quad-core Intel Nehalem processors per node, a quad-data rate InfiniBand interconnect, and 160 TB storage solution is being set up in the facility in Fall 2009. HPCF is a community-based, interdisciplinary core facility used by research groups from all areas of the campus.

The purpose of this position is to provide user support and to help widen the user base of the cluster by offering collaborative research assistance to application researchers. The candidate is expected to continue his/her own research agenda in parallel computing, but will also participate in a wide range of application areas by collaborating with the research groups using the HPCF cluster. Additionally, there are excellent opportunities for developing a strong resume for future faculty positions through experience also with education on parallel computing at all levels, for instance by getting involved with an NSF-funded REU Site on scientific, parallel, and statistical computing ( and by participating in the unique Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting (CIRC, offering mathematical and statistical consulting to the community from within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Because of these special opportunities at UMBC currently, this position is also attractive as a second post-doc, particularly for researchers who would like to improve their credentials in interdisciplinary research and in teaching and student guidance of undergraduates as well as graduates.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining the interest in the position, a CV including publication list, and a statement of research, and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Matthias K. Gobbert at The salary will be commensurate with experience. The position will be housed in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMBC and the salary can be supplemented by teaching. The funding for the position is available starting January 2010; the starting date may be deferable until Summer 2010 by mutual agreement. The position will be for 12 months initially and is renewable. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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