Graduate Research Assistants – High-Performance Computing Software Consultants

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Office Of The Vice President For Research
The Institute for CyberScience


The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is seeking up to six talented graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in multiple scientific areas to serve as High-Performance Computing (HPC) Software Consultants. ICS provides the shared cyberinfrastructure, support and advanced services, known as ICS-ACI, to foster innovation, collaboration, and increase scholarly productivity across the University. Our Graduate Assistants have opportunities to work with leading-edge technologies that are highly sought-after by future employers. HPC Software Consultants work in a stimulating intellectual environment that supports diverse academic and research pursuits at Penn State, one of the nation`s leading research institutions. This is a Fall 2019 Graduate Assistantship position with an opportunity to continue through the academic year, and beyond. You must be available to work 20 hours per week at University Park for this Graduate Assistantship. As an HPC Software Consultant, you will work with ICS staff, faculty and research groups to assist them in advancing their research by: compiling and testing software; troubleshooting issues related to a group’s research; aiding in the implementation of scientific applications and utilization of ICS-ACI; and building, testing, and administering scientific software applications on ICS-ACI. Successful candidates will be Master’s or Doctoral students in good standing. Preferred skills include: running scientific applications in a high-performance computing environment; knowledge and use of Linux/UNIX based systems; optimizing and/or developing applications on Unix/Linux-based systems; programming in compiled/scripting languages such as C/C++, Fortran, Python, Julia, R, bash; packaging software, preferably with Redhat Package Management (RPM) or Spack; experience with containers (singularity and docker); using queuing systems and schedulers (Moab, Torque, Slurm, SGE); excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience; experience in providing customer service; preferably in a technical support/help desk environment; the ability to learn general concepts and technologies quickly and independently. 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