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Advanced or Senior Applications Engineer

Job ID 2886 Date posted 11/01/2021

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Organizational Overview

The Nuclear and Particle Physics Software (NPPS) Group in the BNL Physics Department is an international leader in scientific software development at the most challenging scales. The group collaborates on a growing number of experiments including the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe (HL-LHC); the Belle II experiment at the SuperKEKB accelerator in Japan; the DUNE experiment in the US, including the ProtoDUNE experiment at CERN in Europe; the STAR, PHENIX and sPHENIX experiments at BNL's RHIC heavy ion collider; the future electron-ion collider (EIC); and the Vera Rubin Observatory.

Position Description

The NPPS group has an opening for an Advanced Applications Engineer to work as a member of the PanDA (Production and Distributed Analysis) workload management project’s core development team. PanDA was originally developed for ATLAS and is being adopted by other experiments, most recently the Vera Rubin Observatory and the sPHENIX experiment at RHIC.

You will be a major contributor to Rubin PanDA development and operations (together with other PanDA team members), as well as other priority PanDA core development projects and experiment support tasks.

PanDA has an exciting and challenging development path ahead to meet the computing needs of large-scale data intensive science programs like the HL-LHC and Rubin Observatory. You will play an important role in meeting the coming challenges, such as supporting a growing number of new workflows in HEP/NP data analysis, including those emerging from the AI/ML domain.

NPPS group members participate as collaborators in the science programs we work on and engaging with the science is strongly encouraged. You will enjoy a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and support PanDA and related software to meet the workload and workflow management needs of the Rubin Observatory (including advancing the capabilities of the software and supporting its use in the hands of users, addressing issues, fixing bugs, improving documentation etc.) 
  • Contribute to core PanDA development in support of new workflows such as AI/ML and new experiments and user communities

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills and experience.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Computer Science or related degree, or equivalent experience
  • At least five (5) years of full-time related experience
  • Experience with HEP/NP software
  • Proficiency in scientific software development, particularly Python
  • Familiarity with software engineering practices that include testing, documentation, source code management and release procedures
  • Ability to provide user support and working collaboratively in large teams
  • Clear and concise written, oral, interpersonal communication, and analytical skills
  • Domestic and international travel is expected

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in developing and/or operating distributed computing systems in HEP/NP
  • Experience with AI/ML techniques in application to HEP data, preferably including deep learning algorithms
  • Experience in developing software used by a large number of people

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Occasional travel, foreign and domestic, is required
  • If appropriate, hire could start at CERN and then subsequently relocate to BNL
  • Assignment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

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, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Table Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are 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.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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