If advancing the state of the art of distributed computing in an academic environment interests you,
the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) offers a
unique working environment. Our project’s home is in the UW Department of Computer Sciences, an
internationally recognized department consistently ranked in the top ten across the USA. A position with
CHTC will provide you the opportunity to interact with both department faculty and students to translate
novel ideas into real-world solutions. The software and infrastructure you will be working on is used by
scientists and engineers at hundreds of institutions, from universities to national laboratories and from
large high tech corporations to small animation teams.
The CHTC is home to a large distributed campus infrastructure that helps scientists on and off campus advance
their research. We also develop the HTCondor Software for
managing large-scale distributed computing, which we refer to as high-throughput distributed computing.
HTCondor powers the CHTC and is used by scientists and businesses around the world. We are involved
in many collaborations, including (but not limited to) The Open Science Grid.
We also run a software build and test facility, called the BaTLab, that
uses HTCondor to manage large sets of builds. We don't just build production quality software, we use it!
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a great place to work. You can
read about the benefits in detail elsewhere.
(Note that CHTC Staff are considered as Unclassified academic staff, and have different benefits from
Classified staff.) In short, we have five weeks of vacation/personal time per year, very good health
insurance (and cost effective for entire families), and a good retirement plan. Please note that the minimum
salary in our job listings are just that - the minimum. Compensation will increase with experience.
In addition to the official benefits, there are many side benefits:
- You will work with the CHTC team. We are world leaders in solving interesting distributed computing problems!
- You can attend interesting talks in the department
- Relatively flexible working hours — we value work-life balance.
- A free bus pass!
- You get staff access to
the UW athletic facilities, and
the UW library system.
- We're in a lively neighborhood with great restaurants in easy walking distance.
If you are interested in a position with CHTC, explore the job listings below! If you would like to apply,
send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com,
and indicate which job you would like to apply for.
- A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
- A period of evaluation will be required.
- UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and
encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Student Hourly Positions (Undergrad and Grad)
We're always looking for smart motivated students to partner with software developer and system administrator mentors.
We expect students to work between 10 and 20 hours a week, with 10 of those being during business hours, with some
flexibility on remaining hours. During the summer and breaks, it is possible to work up to 40 hours per week. We typically
pay between $10 and $15 per hour, depending on experience.
Graduate Student Research and Project Assistantship (RA, PA) Openings
Interested graduate students should contact Professor Livny directly to inquire about working with the project.
Full Time Positions
Details about our open positions are provided below. Positions are also listed on the University's Position Vacancy
List (PVL). [Search PVLs for full-time CHTC jobs]
In addition to positions within the CHTC, other departments and centers on the UW campus regularly hire people to
work with HTCondor. [Search PVLs for full-time CHTC-related jobs in other departments]
Research Computing Facilitator PVL #75816
Candidate will demonstrate an appreciation for a wide range of compute and data intensive research and be experienced in at least one research area such as life science, computational science, physical science or social science. Candidate must understand how high performance and high throughput computing technologies are used to enable scientific discovery. Candidate must have at least one year of experience running an MPI-based science application in a high performance cluster using a PBS, SLURM or similar scheduler. Understanding user requirements and translating those requirements into functional and dependable solutions, working with scientific programming languages like Matlab or R and troubleshooting skills are required. Basic programming skills using scripting languages like Unix shell, Python or Perl, is also required. Ideal candidates will demonstrate experience applying advanced software tools and computing technologies in a dynamic and diverse research setting. Experience with national scientific computing initiatives such as the Open Science Grid or XSEDE will be a plus.
60% - Help campus researchers leverage state of the art distributed high throughput and high performance computing capabilities to accelerate their data acquisition and analysis. Work with researchers to understand their workflows and facilitate running their stand-alone applications on CHTC and on other national scientific computing resources.
30% - Create documents that describe given research problems and propose how to apply computing technics to address those problems. Document case management activities and help transfer documented solutions to research groups on campus for future project applications.
10% - Identify ways that our existing research computing middleware and infrastructure can enable or automate scientific discovery and work with the infrastructure and software development teams to address gaps where existing middleware/infrastructure is insufficient.