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Computational Research Specialist

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Nov 7, 2023

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Analyst, Research
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

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Computational Research SpecialistGeorge Mason University's Office of Research Computing invites applications for the position of Computational Research Specialist. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:The Office of Research Computing supports the research cyberinfrastructure needs of the university's research and education community. Reporting to both the Vice President for Information Technology and the Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact, the office provides support for cutting-edge research technology infrastructure and activities, serving as a primary contact for research customers, coordinating the activities of research technologists and the adoption of research technologies (including software), fostering self-help communities, and maintaining a sustainable research lab support model.About the Position:The Computational Research Specialist supports the Office of Research Computing (ORC) by providing support to a diverse group of Mason researchers that need access to the ORC resources and services. The job duties include:Investigates and educates Mason researchers on the availability of both internal and external cyberinfrastructure resources;Investigates new approaches and technologies, researching and testing new solutions;Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of research activities across the Mason campuses;Stays current with national/international research landscape to apply appropriate technical solutions in support of the Mason researchers;Builds community on Mason campus and with national/international groups, engages in peer mentoring;Collects and reports metrics of the impact of research computing;Installs, debugs, and maintains scientific applications, and understands best use practices needed to take full advantage of the Mason's High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources;Trains and helps users adapt to a production shared resource, its scheduling system, and data storage systems;Helps produce and present tutorials/workshops in support of ORC activities;Leads or consults on data management, data processing and analytics;Provides parallel coding support and adapts serial codes;Maintains web and Wiki documentation; andOther related responsibilities include mentoring and training the GRAs and wage interns.Required Qualifications / Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:Master's degree in computer science, computer information systems, or related field; or an equivalent combination of related experience and education;Knowledge of Linux OS;Some knowledge of Machine Learning and/or Image Analysis;Some knowledge of Message Passing Interface libraries;Some knowledge of High Performance Computing;Excellent written and verbal communication skills;Ability to write code in C, C++, Python, Java, or CUDA etc.;Some experience working with GPU and associated programming platforms (CUDA, OpenACC or OpenCL); andExperience with scripting and programming (Bash, Python, C, R).Preferred Qualifications:Ph.D. in computer science, computational sciences, and engineering or in a related field; or an equivalent combination of related experience and education;Advanced knowledge of Linux/UNIX systems;Ability to manage competing requirements in a diverse user population;Experience with distributed parallel computing architectures and software systems;Experience working with an institution wide HPC environment and associated scheduling software;Familiarity with shared memory and distributed memory parallelism (OpenMP, MPI); andExperience working with an institution wide HPC environment and associated scheduling software.Licenses/Certifications:Linux certification.

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"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."


George Mason University is a university with three campuses, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students, faculty, and staff have full access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the main campus in Fairfax, the university has campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties.

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