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Two positions open TTU HPC

May 26, 2021

Two positions currently open at the Texas Tech High Performance Computing Center. The first is for a Research Associate, which is a staff permanent position for which HPCC would like to recruit suitable candidates at the same level as an advanced postdoctoral researcher or early-career person interested pursuing an HPC-oriented career. The second is for a student Graduate Research Assistant once again targeting someone who is pursuing a degree closely related to high performance computing with a focus on HPC techniques.

Position 1: TTU Research Associate

The TTU High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) is currently looking to hire a Research Associate (RA). Applicants must

  • Have completed an advanced degree (Master’s minimum, PhD strongly preferred) or specialized academic training beyond the Bachelor's level in a particular field of science or engineering equivalent to a Masters
  • Possess preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities including (1) Specific knowledge of compute intensive science areas like quantum chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics and bioinformatics, (2) Demonstrated ability to work on externally funded research and (3) Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Have completed at least one year of research experience utilizing knowledge of modern research practices, the methods, resources

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Monitors status of and helps maintain HPC resources.
  • Works with HPCC users to analyze existing codes and develop and deploy new applications into existing and new environments.
  • Assists in obtaining research funds and/or perform research into advanced computing.
  • Documents policies and procedures for deploying advanced computing software and trains students in advanced computing techniques like deploying new software and porting applications into new environments.
  • Adheres to all appropriate institutional polices (including IT OPs) and other relevant internal departmental policies.
  • Distributes results of work through refereed publications, presentations at national conferences and working with other institutions.

Candidates should be interested in HPC as a career.
More information can be found at

If you have further questions, please reply to this email Alan.Sill(at) (Alan Sill, Ph.D, Managing Director, High Performance Computing Center, Adjunct Professor of Physics) or contact Dr. Thomas Brown, Assistant Managing Director, HPCC.

Position 2: Director’s Select Graduate Research Assistant

The High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) at Texas Tech University seeks applications for the Director’s Select Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position beginning Fall 2021. The Director's Select GRA is a paid graduate student position with tuition support to be filled by a candidate whose academic research towards a PhD (preferred) or Masters Degree is in areas associated with high performance computing and associated technologies. The successful candidate will be employed to work with HPCC staff and personnel with supporting cluster operations and user needs while pursuing a related graduate degree through agreement between the HPCC Managing Director and the academic degree supervisor. Tasks may be related to the student’s field of study, such as Computer Science, High Performance Computing, Distributed Computing, and/or Utility and Cloud Computing. Graduate students whose field of study differs from Computer Science but who utilize the HPCC resources for their research are also encouraged to apply. The purpose of the Director's Select GRA is to support students whose research would benefit from direct contact with operational conditions for supporting high performance computing.

The successful candidate will gain experience in the above techniques by assisting HPCC staff to support the data center administration and scientific computing user needs on an as-needed basis. Activities will include testing and prototyping advanced scientific and engineering computational methods and software, handling trouble tickets, exploring and optimizing use of new hardware and software, and one-one-on customer support as needed and determined by your immediate supervisor and/or by those you are assigned to work with during your scheduled work time. Some of these activities may result in new research opportunities of interest to your curriculum but should not be construed as substitution for your primary responsibilities to HPCC in this role unless otherwise approved by your supervisor and HPCC Administration.

If applicable, students must be available to attend scheduled trainings.

Position requirements
A graduate student must be enrolled in at least 6 hours in this exempt position. This is a 12-month position where the student is expected to work 20 hours per week. This is a Security Sensitive Level II position, and applicants for this Security Sensitive Level II position will be subject to a criminal background check and must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test after a conditional offer of employment has been extended, but before employment can be confirmed.

Interested students should submit their CV, cover letter and transcripts to Amanda.McConnell(at) by June 30 for full consideration.