HPC Application Specialist - High Performance Computing (Fixed-Term for 2 Years)

Job Number
Posting Date
October 15, 2018

About the Position

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply 

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a HPC Application Specialist, reporting to the Director, High Performance Computing & Research Computing Support.

The HPC Application Specialist will work as part of a team to provide researchers and faculty with user support, training, day-to-day assistance for the installation and configuration of HPC and data intensive applications and occasionally collaborate with researchers where the candidate’s expertise can contribute to a project’s success.


Key Responsibilities
  • Day-to-day user support including Installing, Compiling and debugging research applications and provide documentation
  • Respond and address all user requests, questions and queries received via the ticketing system, email, phone or face-to-face
  • Provide user training, develop and maintain training material, how-tos and tutorials for the users. Manage the wiki and website
  • Monitor HPC resource utilization and generate utilization reports
  • Proactively insure that users are kept up to date on the system status and any downtime that would impact the users
  • Contribute to research projects with HPC technical expertise
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of software and HPC resource capabilities including continuing study and attending seminars and conferences

Education Requirements

  •  Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years experience OR a Masters degree with a minimum of 3 years experience (or educational equivalent) in Computational Science or Engineering
  • Relevant training in parallel programing and parallel libraries (e.g. MPI, OpenMP)
  • Relevant certification/training IT service management (e.g. ITIL)
  • Relevant certification/training in Linux SysAdmin (e.g. RHCSA or RHCE)
  • Relevant certification/training in HPC schedulers and workload managers (e.g. Slurm)

Experience Requirements

  • Experience in installing and managing applications and tools in HPC environments
  • Experience supporting HPC users in higher education or research institutions
  • Experience with standard scientific and statistical packages (e.g. MATLAB, STATA etc.)
  • Experience with installation of large parallel scientific applications (e.g. Amber, ROMS, HiRAM etc.)
  • Experience with HPC resource managers and schedulers (e.g. Slurm, Moab etc.)
  • Strong programming skills in the following languages C, C++, FORTRAN
  • Programming skills using scripting languages like Unix shell, Python, php or Perl
  • Programming skills using parallel libraries (e.g. MPI, OpenMP)
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong presentation and report writing skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills 
  • Must be able to manage conflicting priorities in an effective and professional manner
  • Experience with data mining, machine learning, and AI tools (e.g. PyTorch etc.)
  • Experience with HPC operational support operations and ticketing system (e.g. Service Now)
  • Knowledge of scientific analysis, statistical methods and computer related research design and statistical analysis
  • Management of large data sets
  • Knowledge of machine learning methods and tools
  • Knowledge of Linux system administration


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.