PostDoc Position in Computational Seismology and High-Performance Computing, Switzerland

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PostDoc Position in Computational Seismology and High-Performance Computing, Switzerland
PostDoc Position in Computational Seismology and High-Performance Computing, Switzerland

A PostDoc position is available in the group "Advanced Computing Laboratory" at the Institute of Computational Science (ICS) in Lugano, Switzerland. The position is part of the project "GeoScale: A framework for multiscale seismic modelling and inversion" funded under the Swiss Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC). The PostDoc will work on a data management framework for the scalable parallel processing and measurement of large seismic waveform data sets directly on HPC systems. The project is conducted together with the research group from Prof. Andreas Fichtner (Geophysics) at ETH Zurich.

The Workplace
ICS at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano provides a unique research environment in the fields of mathematical modeling, high-performance computing and numerical simulation. Strong competences in modeling, mathematics, simulation and information science come together in an open and application oriented atmosphere. In addition to the opportunities at USI and ICS, the Swiss-wide FoMICS graduate school and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano both offer excellent educational possibilities. For further information about ICS, please visit www.ics.inf.usi.ch.

Assignment
Complex multi-scale interactions are characteristic for the physics of the Earth, and their proper quantification is a key to the integration of inter-dependent geophysical systems that are today mostly treated as isolated. As part of the PASC Domain Science Network Solid Earth Dynamics, our goal is to address the challenge of multi-scale Earth modelling and inversion through a coordinated inter-disciplinary effort combined with long-term application support that ensures a sustained impact on the geoscientific community. Within the GeoScale project, the successful applicant will develop a data management framework for the scalable parallel processing and measurement of large seismic waveform data sets directly on HPC systems.

Qualifications
The PostDoc is expected to hold a PhD in Computer Science, Computational Mathematics or a related field with a focus on numerical simulation, and scientific and parallel computing. Experience in a programming language like C, C++, FORTRAN and scripting languages is mandatory. Documented interest towards HPC systems, seismic inversion, and nonlinear optimization is regarded as an advantage. Solid written and spoken English is required to publish results and present them at conferences and in journals.

Employment
This is initially a one-year time-limited position that can be extended up to three years with the inclusion of a maximum of 20% departmental duties, usually teaching. The starting date is open for discussion, though ideally we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.

Application
Your application should contain a motivational letter (2 pages maximum), a CV, copies of relevant degrees and two contacts for references. Please submit applications electronically in PDF format to[email protected]

Further Information: http://www.pasc-ch.org/projects/projects/geoscale/

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Prof. Dr. Olaf Schenk
Advanced Computing Laboratory 
Institute of Computational Science
Universita della Svizzera italiana   **  Switzerland
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13                **  6900 Lugano
Tel.:   +41 (0) 58 666 48 50         **  Fax.: +41 (0)58 666 45 36
Mobile: +41 (0) 79 368 22 81 (new)   **  Email: [email protected]
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