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    The Closing Date of this announcement is extended to September 20, 2019.

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    Salary: $81,451 (Step 01) to $105,890 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

    There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity #S39. Research computing for the advancement of Earth science

    As advanced computing architectures become increasingly more powerful and readily available, scientists can harness this computational power to increase the scope, complexity, and timeliness of their scientific research for greater impact on addressing societal issues. Traditional desktop computers are no longer powerful enough to handle large, complex, data-intensive scientific problems in a reasonable amount of time, pushing scientists to navigate advanced computing paradigms without traditional computer science training. The Core Science Systems' Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries Advanced Research Computing (ARC) group helps scientists harness the power of advanced computing resources by offering access to supercomputing systems, along with training and consulting, to help advance the science mission of the USGS.

    USGS Earth science projects that currently require high-performance computing include, but are not limited to: Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) geophysics; bioinformatics analysis; debris flow and landslide modeling and simulation; earthquake simulation and modeling; Landsat imagery analysis; National and regional scale watershed modeling; species distribution and demography; and volcanic ash plume and lava flow simulation and modeling. The bulk of code run on our current system is developed “in-house” in the following languages: Fortran, C / C++, Python, R, and Matlab. Commonly used libraries include: OpenMPI, MPICH/IMPI/Mvapich2, Hierarchical Data Format (HDF5), Network Common Data Form (NetCDF), Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL), Geometry Engine, Open Source (GEOS), Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation (PETSc), Boost, and Model Coupling Toolkit. Representative scientific applications include: Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model, OpenFOAM, NASA Ames StereoPipeline, AgiSoft Photoscan and bioinformatics applications such as Mothur, QIIME, and Stacks.

    The ARC group is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to research and apply new, advanced scientific computing tools, methodologies, and architectures for the benefit of USGS earth science research. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to: High Performance Computing; parallel programming and model optimization; scientific visualization techniques; machine learning methods; GPU optimized code development; high-performance data analytics and “big data” architectures; and large data management and storage tools.

    Proposed Duty Station: Lakewood, CO

    Areas of Ph.D.: Computer science, earth sciences related disciplines (geology, biology, hydrology, geophysics, etc.), applied mathematics, or related fields. (candidates holding a PhD in other disciplines, but with extensive knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).

    Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Computer Scientist, Research Mathematician, Research Geophysicist, Research Biologist, Research Hydrologist, Research Geologist

    (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources specialist.)

    Physical/Environmental Demands: Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area:

    • Normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms; or
    • May involve occasional exposure to a laboratory that involves risks and hazards that require safety precautions.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/542171800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.