Call for Research Engineer in heterogeneous High Performance Computing

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Project description

Simula is hosting and leading a new 5-year project, Experimental Infrastructure for Exploration of Exascale Computing (eX3), funded by the Research Council of Norway. In this project, we will design, build and run a national research infrastructure that enables research on how to configure, program and use emerging hardware for high performance computing (HPC). Such research is fundamental for future approaches to numerical simulations of physical systems and to the data-driven algorithms fuelling the digitalization of modern society, especially in the context of the emerging systems holding exascale capability (one billion billion operations per second).

The physical appearance of eX3 will be a very heterogeneous computational cluster located in Simula’s space at Fornebu, close to downtown Oslo, Norway. This cluster will have a mix of nodes ranging from many-core CPUs, via powerful GPUs, to FPGAs and processors developed specifically for machine learning purposes. These nodes will be backed by several types of state-of-the-art interconnect networks. By its experimental nature, eX3 will allow an unprecedented opportunity for conducting large-scale measurements and experiments on computational performance and network performance undisturbed by the production-oriented usage usually found in HPC facilities.

The consortium behind eX3 counts, in addition to Simula, University of Bergen, University of Tromsø, NTNU, Uninett Sigma2, and the commercial companies Fabriscale Technologies, Numascale, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, and Skala Technologies.


The position

The announced permanent position as Research Engineer is crucial for the success of the eX3 project. The person in this position will have a very operational role in the build-up of the cluster, future extensions, running the cluster on a day-to-day basis, and support for its internal and external users. The support function will also include documentation of the facility and its usage. Given the nature of eX3, it is expected that the users will have a relatively high competence on HPC and software, at least compared to the users of general-purpose production systems.

Depending on the background and interests of the person holding the position, the research engineer can actively take part in experimentation and research activities leading to publication merits.


Your profile

We are looking for an individual that has a thorough and updated understanding of the hardware, networking, and software challenges associated with building and running an advanced heterogeneous computational cluster.

You must have a master’s degree or a PhD degree in a relevant area, have hands-on experience with clusters, and preferably have experience from linux/unix-based system and network administration. You must have a documented experience in getting things done and making them work, and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others. Experience with programming languages and shell scripting, especially automating system administration, is considered a plus.

Since the position includes writing and updating documentation of the eX3 system, you must also be able to write technical texts. Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required.


Simula Offers

  • Excellent opportunities for participating to high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers
  • Good office facilities located close to the Oslo fjord and 10 minutes drive from the centre of Oslo, the capital of Norway
  • Competitive salary
  • A unique opportunity for working with bleeding edge technology, which will be meriting for future career development in both academia and industry

Simula is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.


Application Requirements

  • Cover letter, including a statement justifying why you are qualified
  • Official grading sheets from your university studies
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact details for at least two reference persons 


Note that all attachments must be submitted in PDF format. To avoid misplacement, please make sure to include your first and last name in the filenames of all documents that you submit to us.

The application deadline is March 1

Assessments of applicants will be conducted continuously, however, and hiring could be made even before this deadline. Thus, it is important that you apply as soon as you have made up your mind for doing so, instead of waiting until the deadline.



Are Magnus Bruaset
Project Leader
Kristin H. Alsvik
Administrative Manager

Hvem er Simula Research Laboratory AS ?

Simula Research Laboratory AS ( is a publicly owned research institute located at Fornebu outside of Oslo, Norway. It is a multi-cultural organization, employing about 150 individuals from 33 countries. Simula conducts ICT research in the fields of communication technology, scientific computing and software engineering. Simula's main objective is to generate new understanding and create vital knowledge about fundamental scientific challenges that are of genuine value for society. This is achieved through high quality research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, technology transfer and commercialization. Since 2001, scientific evaluations conducted by the Research Council of Norway has repeatedly placed Simula at the forefront of international research in ICT. The most recent in-depth evaluation was published earlier this year, grading all research groups at Simula as excellent.