Part-Time High-Performance Computing (HPC) Software Consultant

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
Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
Full/Part Time:


The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) is seeking a High-Performance Computing (HPC) Software Consultant (part-time / 20-hours per week) to join our ICDS-ACI iAsk Team. This position will be an integral contributor to a fast-paced and growing team of specialists supported by an exciting $60 million Penn State investment in research cyberinfrastructure. Penn State’s elite researchers use our high-performance research cloud to solve real-world problems by conducting simulations, data mining, and other high-performance computing operations. With ICDS, you will have the opportunity to support this groundbreaking work. As a High-Performance Computing (HPC) Software Consultant, you will: work with ICDS 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 ICDS-ACI; and building, testing, and administering scientific software applications on ICDS-ACI. Our desired qualifications and 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 Linux/UNIX-based systems; programming in compiled/scripting languages such as C/C++, Fortran, Python, Julia, R, bash; 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; and the ability to learn general concepts and technologies quickly and independently. To learn more about working for ICDS, 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