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Advanced Applications Engineer/Senior Applications Engineer

Job ID 1120 Date posted 09/20/2017

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

The Physics Application Software (PAS) Group in the Physics Department at BNL focuses on the ATLAS experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, development of the Next Generation of Workload Management System for BigData (DOE ASCR and HEP funded project), Software development for the future experiments such as LSST and DUNE. It is the host of the U.S. ATLAS Project Office for Operations and Phase-1 Upgrade, and the ATLAS Tier-1 computing facility, and is designated as one of the U.S. ATLAS Analysis Support Centers. The PAS at BNL has significant responsibilities in ATLAS for the distributed software development and support, and new Production System development based on PanDA (Production and Distributed Analysis system). The group has leading roles in ATLAS distributed computing and software projects, as well as in physics analysis support.  The new computing professional is expected specifically to work on the Belle II Distributed Computing effort that is a DOE HEP funded project, in particular on the Belle II Distributed Data Management System (DDMS) and Conditions DataBase (CDB). The PAS Group at BNL is recently responsible for key Belle II computing software development (Belle II is an experiment at KEK, Japan).  The PAS group is leading several efforts of the Belle II DOE HEP funded computing program, in particular in the software development for the Distributed Data Management System (DDMS) and the Conditions Data Base (CDB).

The PAS Group has an opening for a 2-year term Computing Professional to work on the DOE HEP funded Belle II computing project at BNL, USA. This position will work under the direction of the Chief Technology Architect in the Physics Department.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent upon years of experience and depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills. 

The starting date is on/or about November 1, 2017.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for the DDMS and the CDB and the implementation of new features as defined by the Belle II distributed computing group.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires a Bachelor of Science in Experimental High Energy Physics or Computing, and a minimum of 5 years related work experience
  • Experience in developing core software and experience with large distributed systems
  • Strong background in physics
  • Knowledge of modern computing technologies, SQL, C++, Java, and Python programming languages
  • Knowledge of Grid computing and databases
  • Experience in software development for physics experiments or large-scale simulations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master degree in Physics, Computer Science or related discipline, PhD highly preferred
  • Experience with Workload Management Systems for Distributed Computing  
  • Experience with large-scale HPC simulations, including experience with PBS, Slurm and other job schedulers.
  • Strong background in data processing, data analysis and analytics, knowledge of modern computing technologies and tools in these areas
  • Knowledge of modern virtualization and container technologies
  • Experience in grant proposal writing


  • Some foreign and domestic travel

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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