Graduate Wage Assistant - HPC Software Stack Developer

Penn State University

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


The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) seeks talented graduate students, seeking advanced degrees in multiple scientific areas to serve as HPC Software Stack Developers. 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 2018 graduate wage position. You must be available to work 20 hours/week at University Park for this graduate position. As a HPC Software Stack Developer you will work with ICS staff and faculty and researcher groups to assist them in advancing their research by: Building, testing, and administering scientific software applications on ICS-ACI; working with vendors and open source contributors to package, maintain, and distribute research related software in our production environment or in a specific group directory; conducting package Quality Assurance (QA) and testing codes against installed software; support optimization and performance improvement efforts; contributing to, and working within, ICS-ACI development and packaging standards. 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; Programming in languages such as C/C++, Java, Python, and Ruby; the ability to pick up and learn general concepts and technologies quickly and independently. Preferred Skills: Experience with optimizing and/or developing applications on Unix/Linux-based systems; experience working in a Continuous Integration Environment; experience in packaging software, preferably with Redhat Package Management (RPM); knowledge of complex high-speed networks such as Infiniband. 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