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Job Summary

We seek (2) research applications specialists with a background in computational science and engineering to support research activities undertaken at the University of Michigan, as a staff member of the Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research unit (CSCAR). These individuals will primarily work on research software applications in close support of U­-M researchers whose work involves creating integrated software packages and will help develop readable, reliable, and efficient scientific software.

Successful candidates will be expected to support the research activities of a project in the Department of Mechanical Engineering that will develop software for computational materials science (80%), while supporting the broad consulting and training activities of CSCAR (20%).

For additional information about CSCAR, see

Required Qualifications*

  • A PhD in engineering, the physical sciences or applied mathematics with a strong emphasis on computational science or scientific computing.
  • Knowledge of mathematical frameworks for solving partial differential equations such as finite element, finite difference, finite volume, or integral equation methods.
  • Experience in the solution of large scale computing problems in parallel computing clusters.
  • Experience in a language such as C++ or Python, parallel computing paradigms such as MPI/OpenMP, and libraries such as Petsc, Trilinos.
  • A demonstrated ability to implement data analytic methods including machine learning using existing open source platforms such as TensorFlow, Theano, Torch, SystemML and others.
  • Ability to translate high level scientific needs to production implementations
  • Demonstrated ability to self-manage
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in software engineering practices related to open source code development using continuous integration, documentation and development, deployment and distribution, while paying attention to software usability, reproducibility, trustworthiness and security.
  • Familiarity with statistical design approaches for efficient computational research involving large-scale simulations, and Uncertainty Quantification for computational research.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.