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Senior Research Software Engineer Full-time

Published at 2022-08-04 - Viewed: 1583 times - Nimbus Team, University of Chicago in Chicago, United States

The Nimbus team is an academic leader in research, development, and operations. We work closely with scientific communities to provide innovative solutions adapting cloud and edge computing to the needs of science. Among others, we operate Chameleon (​, an experimental platform for Computer Science research where new solutions in cloud computing, machine learning, software defined networking (SDN), and Internet of Things (IoT) are proposed every day by an international research community. The Nimbus team provides a friendly, challenge-oriented environment.

About the job

You will work on the intersection of development and research: discovering new capabilities through working with scientific users — and then bringing those capabilities to production to change the way science is done.

You will:

  • Work with emergent technologies and user requirements in cloud and edge computing to build and evaluate innovative solutions changing the way we do science
  • Help build and operate the Chameleon edge to cloud experimental platform ( as well as edge deployments for new projects; specific tasks may range from integrating state-of-the-art technologies such as disaggregated hardware or IoT/edge devices, evaluating and extending open source systems and tools such as OpenStack, and new feature development — to system upgrades and maintenance or implementing security controls
  • Work directly with users to answer their questions, troubleshoot issues, and see the impact of your work daily
  • Collaborate with scientific application groups nationwide, work as part of a large supercomputing center and an outstanding academic institution
  • Share your experiences with wider community by contributing to papers as part of a research team that regularly publishes in various academic venues


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or another relevant computer-related field required
  • Advanced degree in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field strongly preferred


  • At least four years of programming experience (development, debugging, and maintenance) required
  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux required
  • Experience with IaaS cloud systems, such as OpenStack or Kubernetes, or software related to edge computing, IoT and relevant technologies preferred
  • Experience with multi-tenant, production systems preferred
  • Programming experience with Python preferred
  • Interest in research and working on challenges that don’t have obvious solutions preferred
  • Demonstrated contributions to open source software preferred
  • Experience with distributed systems, networking, performance analysis, and resource and/or data management systems preferred
  • Experience with virtualization technologies (e.g., Xen, KVM) and/or containers (Docker) preferred
  • Experience with system administration technologies (e.g., Ceph, MariaDB) and DevOps tools (e.g., Jenkins, Ansible) preferred


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Analytical and problem solving skills required
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines required
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, multi-institutional, distributed team environment required
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule which will include occasional late night and/or weekend hours required
  • Ability to think independently and creatively to develop exceptional technical solutions required
  • Ability to identify similar or complementary commercial or academic solutions and read scientific literature to fill in knowledge gaps as needed required
  • Sense of humor appreciated

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