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Astronomy and Astrophysics: High-performance Computing Scientist (Open until filled. Apply by 7/31/2020)

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 1st, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Jul 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a High-Performance Computing Scientist. Under the direction of Professor Brant Robertson, the High-Performance Computing Scientist will lead the scientific support and maintenance of our NSF-funded supercomputing facilities. UCSC has recently installed a state-of-the-art high performance computing (HPC) system to enable computational research in astrophysics, earth and planetary science, physics, chemistry, computer science, and related fields. The Project Scientist will help manage and set policies for the HPC system and support the user base in enabling their research on the system. The candidate will contribute to documentation and reporting, and continually identify and improve processes and workflows on the HPC system. The selected candidate will serve as an interface with UCSC Information Technology Services staff and collaborate with them in the support and maintenance of the HPC facility. The Project Scientist will also have a dedicated fraction of their time for research collaborations in computational astrophysics, and may lead and co-author publications with other UCSC scientists.

Applicants with expertise in: administration of high performance computers, networks, or storage; Experience in installation of software packages; Familiarity with job schedulers, cluster management software, or Lustre filesystems; and/or experience in markdown or related documentation languages and collaborative development platforms like GitHub are strongly encouraged to apply.

Assistant Project Scientist

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in astronomy, physics, or a related field at the time of application.
  • Experience in UNIX/Linux computer administration, shell/Python scripting, and scientific programming.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

Initial appointment will be full time for one year. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00820-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position, specifically addressing the technical qualifications for an Assistant Project Scientist. (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required).
  • Brief statement of research interests, and a list of publications (required).
  • Statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (optional). See UCSC guidelines for statements

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by July 31, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position, specifically addressing the technical qualifications for an Assistant Project Scientist.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - Brief statement of research interests, and a list of publications.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. See guidelines at:

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)