Computer Scientist/Engineer

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Position Overview:

SLAC is seeking a computer scientist/engineer to formulate and carry out world-class computer science research in areas of relevance to SLAC, including but not limited to systems software for exascale computing (data management, programming models, operating and runtime systems, distributed systems, system architecture and storage) and data analytics (algorithms and tools for machine learning and very large scale data analysis).  The person in this position  will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and faculty, specifically designing and implementing software tools in collaboration with other SLAC scientists and faculty and students in Stanford’s Computer Science Department as well as other departments in the School of Engineering.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Software design and implementation in the areas of runtime systems, compilers and related tools for heterogeneous supercomputers
  • Working with application and data scientists to understand the software development challenges of exascale computing and demonstrate solutions
  • Performing benchmarking and other experiments to evaluate the tools we build
  • Development and release of relevant software artifacts

Note: This is a 36-month fixed term position with the possibility of extension or conversion to regular continuing position contingent on performance, budget and needs.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. (preferred) in Computer Science or a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent design and implementation in the area of runtime systems, compilers, or distributed computing.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.

SLAC Competencies:

  • Effective Decisions:  Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development:  Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability:  Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative:  Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability:  Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication:  Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships:  Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.

Physical requirements and working conditions:

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.  Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

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