Graduate Research Assistant - HPC Software Specialist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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open until filled
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Vice President for Research
Institute for CyberScience


HPC Software Specialists (Graduate Assistantship). The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) seeks talented graduate students, seeking advanced degrees in multiple scientific areas to serve as HPC Software Specialists. ICS provides the shared cyberinfrastructure, support and advanced services, known as ICS-ACI, to foster innovation, collaboration, and increase scholarly productivity across all areas of research University-wide. Our graduate assistants have ongoing opportunities to work with leading-edge technologies that expand their technical expertise in a stimulating intellectual environment that supports diverse academic and research pursuits at Penn State, one of the nation`s leading research institutions. The experience gained by our software support staff is a highly sought after skillset by future employers. This is a Spring ’18 graduate assistantship position with an opportunity to continue through the Academic Year. You must be available to work 20 hours/week at University Park for this graduate assistantship. As a HPC Software Specialist you will work in our ICS i-ASK Center where you will work with ICS staff and faculty and researcher groups to resolve technical issues that aid in their use of ICS-ACI, such as: Account and access-related issues; Implementation of scientific applications and utilization of the ICS-ACI systems; Installing, testing, and administering applications on ICS-ACI systems; Generating system usage and utilization data. Requirements: The successful candidate will be a master’s or doctoral student in good standing in a related discipline, preferably in engineering, statistics, applied mathematics, computer science; understanding of basic coding principles, domain specific knowledge in related research areas is a plus; knowledge and use of Linux/UNIX based systems, preferably in a high-performance computing environment; excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience. Preferred Skills: Experience with using queuing systems and schedulers; experience in providing customer service; preferably in a technical support/help desk environment; the ability to pick up and learn general concepts and technologies quickly and independently. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace. To learn more about working for ICS, please visit

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

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088