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Software Scientist

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Chemistry
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) located at Virginia Tech seeks candidates for a Software Scientist position in the areas of quantum chemistry, biophysical science, or computational materials science. The successful candidate will be actively involved in an interdisciplinary team who will help develop software frameworks (especially the MolSSI QCArchive:, interact with community code developers including Software Fellows, develop and provide software development training, collaborate with partners in cyberinfrastructure, and form mutually productive coalitions with industry, government labs, and international entities. Candidates should have demonstrable skills in computational methods and theories for biophysical sciences and in active community software development.

Duties and Responsibilities of the team as a whole:
* Develop software infrastructure and frameworks for community use and development.
* Collaborate with scientists both within and without MolSSI to address the priorities of the community and MolSSI.
* Provide expertise in design, optimization, verification, and documentation of software.
* Provide forums for standards development and resource curation to the community.
* Serve as mentor to Software Fellows by training them in software engineering best practices, API development, unittesting, documentation, version control, performance profiling and other issues essential to community software development.
* Interact with partners in industry, NSF supercomputing centers, national laboratories, and international facilities to identify emerging hardware trends, software priorities and future career paths.
* Lead and participate in outreach and educational activities, as well as developing instructional materials.
* Author/coauthor articles for publication and presentation in scientific journals.
* Present MolSSI activities and research at professional and project meetings.
* Ensure all relevant safety policies and procedures are followed and appropriate training is acquired and maintained.
* Personal professional development activities

Required Qualifications

* PhD in chemistry, physics, biophysics, materials science, applied mathematics or related areas AND Experience in theoretical and computational methods for quantum chemistry or related areas;
* strong research record;
* strong communication skills;
* ability to work independently with good task organizational skills for timely accomplishment of activities.

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience in successful software development activities in areas such as quantum chemistry, electronic structure theory, molecular dynamics, and statistical mechanics
* Experience in modern computational software development cycle methods
* Experience with high performance computers and associated centers
* Ability to meet intermediate objectives towards the accomplishment of milestones for the advancement of concurrent projects
* Excellent publication record
* Excellent written and oral communication skills

Appointment Type


Review Date

April 6, 2020

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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