University of Western Ontario Technical Specialist (High Performance Computing) Temporary in London, ON

University of Western Ontario

Branch London ON CA

Technical Specialist (High Performance Computing)
London, ON

SHARCNET provides some of the most powerful HPC infrastructure in Canada in support of academic research. The Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing…

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35

Salary Grade: 15

Please note, this is a grant funded contract opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 31, 2017.

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the “Western Experience” – an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

About Us

The Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) is a consortium of 18 Ontario colleges and universities in a “cluster of clusters” of high performance computers linked by advanced fibre optics. SHARCNET provides some of the most powerful HPC infrastructure in Canada in support of academic research. SHARCNET’s mission is “To promote and facilitate the use of high performance computational techniques among researchers in all fields and to train a new generation of computationally-skilled individuals.”


The Technical Specialist will be responsible for supporting researchers and their groups in dealing with the efficient processing of large, heterogeneous data sets using a variety of data mining, machine learning and other analytics software. The incumbent will be able to help researchers identify the kinds of analyses that may be relevant to the data that they have; help researchers collect and/or transform data into forms for efficient processing in large, parallel computational environments.

The Technical Specialist is expected to be familiar with a variety of data analytics tools, data mining and machine learning methods and storage strategies for efficient processing of large data sets in
parallel environments.


– MSc in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Software Engineering or
related discipline
– PhD degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or Software Engineering would be preferred

– One year of strong programming experience in Java, C, C++
– One year experience administering Unix/Linux servers
– Strong foundation in analytics, data structures, algorithms and software design
– Experience in the analysis/mining/machine learning of large data sets
– Two years’ experience in the use of data management/analytics tools (SAS, SPSS, R,
Hive Sqoop, etc.) and data architectures (OpenStack, Hadoop, Pig, Hive, etc.)
– Experience with data management in parallel computing environments is preferred
– Experience in an academic research environment and using MapReduce/Hadoop and related tools would be an asset

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
– Demonstrated ability in the development of data analytics/mining or machine
learning applications
– Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to complete detailed analytics and reports
– Ability to objectively analyze use of analytical or computational methods in different problem domains
– Demonstrated ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems
– Demonstrated ability to facilitate effective and collegial relationships
– Ability to take initiative and work collaboratively in a team-based environment
– Ability to work autonomously and manage competing priorities and projects

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or phone 519-661-2194.

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Employment Type: Temporary
Location: London, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-07-10
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