Research and Development Engineer 3 (HPC Infrastructure Engineer for the Physical Sciences)

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Full/Part Time:


Department of Physics, Eberly College of Science, in cooperation with the Institute for CyberScience at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking applications from highly motivated and competitive candidates to join our team as a HPC infrastructure engineer to develop and support software infrastructure, enable scientific computing with a focus on the physical sciences. In particular, develop and support the HPC cyberinfrastructure for the research analysis of data from the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors. The Penn State Gravitational-Wave Group consists of academics Chad Hanna and Bangalore Sathyaprakash and several postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. They played a leading role in the Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo. The Group’s research interests include development of search pipelines for the detection of gravitational waves, analytical modeling of binary black holes, detector characterization, astrophysical interpretation of detected sources and strong field tests of gravity. The PSU Gravitational Wave Group will have a significant computation allocation on the ICS Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) provides a high performance computational infrastructure (hardware, software, communications, and networking), expertise, and advanced research computing capabilities to foster innovation, collaboration, and increase scholarly productivity across all areas of research university-wide. The successful candidate will work on the development, deployment, administration and support of software infrastructure to further the scientific goals of the LIGO project. They will have a close connection with scientists conducting gravitational-wave data analysis and will have the opportunity make important contributions to the search for gravitational waves with LIGO. In particular, they will be responsible for ensuring prompt availability of data from the world-wide detector network on the cluster and for ensuring compatibility between specific gravitational wave analysis software with the configuration of the cluster. In addition, they will research optimizations and configurations to improve the performance of the cyberinfrastructure. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates are expected to have experience in providing software and hardware infrastructure support, preferably in a high-performance computing environment. Preferred Experience includes: HT Condor, big data, such as Hadoop, web services and frameworks, Puppet; and programming skills in C, Python, and bash. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. The position is available immediately.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088