Ref. No.
NUIG RES 224-22
Closing Date
Friday September 9, 2022

Senior HPC Computational Scientist

Senior HPC Computational Scientist (Research Fellow)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Senior HPC Computational Scientist with the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is available from January 2023 to work on high-performance and quantum computing projects. The candidate will be based at our offices in Dublin or Galway.


Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

ICHEC is Ireland’s national centre for High-Performance Computing (HPC) providing digital infrastructure capabilities and expertise through R&D engagements and skills development programmes to academia, industry and public sector organisations.

With a highly ambitious leading-edge Strategy for 2021-2025, ICHEC provides infrastructure services and expertise in HPC and data intelligence to develop efficient platforms, solutions and services based on technologies including AI, high performance data analytics, Earth Observation, quantum computing and cybersecurity across a number of sectors including environmental sciences, healthcare, agriculture, energy, financial services and ICT.

ICHEC works in close partnership with a number of national and international researchers, enterprises and public authorities for joint R&D, skills development, and provisioning HPC and data services to accelerate their digital transformation and green transition.

For more details contact our Technical Manager, Dr. Venkatesh Kannan, or visit


Job Description:

The successful candidate will work on projects in the quantum computing and EuroCC activities with a focus on

  1. computational modelling and simulation of quantum mechanical systems;
  2. research and development of methods and tools for simulating systems related to electronic structures and material sciences on quantum computing and simulation platforms;
  3. parallelisation and optimisation of computational applications on HPC and quantum computing platforms;
  4. engaging with PIs at Irish HEIs for expert support in computational modelling and AI-driven approaches.

Duties: The successful candidate will

  • work on developing quantum computational models of physics, material and electronic structure systems;
  • collaborate with partners in the HPCQS ( and EuroCC projects;
  • develop software packages in C/C++/Python and use CI/CD tools for robust software development;
  • interact with other tasks and project partners to gather requirements, discuss design and implementation.

This is a role for a highly motivated problem-solver, with a creative and analytical mind to build new solutions that will have a global impact.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  1. A Ph.D. with 6+ years of experience in computational sciences or a related discipline.
  2. Expertise in physics, electronic structure, many-body and material science related systems.
  3. Experience with computational modelling, simulation and performance analysis on HPC platforms.
  4. Experience in software engineering and development with C, C++ or Python on Linux.
  5. Ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships for internal activities and external projects at national and internal levels.

Desirable Requirements:

  1. Expertise in quantum mechanics for modelling and simulation on quantum computing systems.
  2. Experience with software development practices, e.g. revision control, continuous integration pipelines.
  3. Exposure to Agile/PRINCE2 project management frameworks.

Salary: Research Fellow point 1 (€57,502) to point 4 (€62,657) pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from earliest possible start date in January 2023, renewable subject to funding availability.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see for further information.

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Further information about ICHEC is available at

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to

To Apply:

Applications to include a 1-page covering letter summarising your suitability and motivation for the role, CV (max. 3 pages), and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in a single PDF only) to

Please put reference number NUIG RES 224- 22 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is September 9, 2022.

Due to the University closure related to COVID-19, interviews may have to take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment. National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

NUI Galway reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

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