Scientific Software Specialist, 2 years at MAX IV

Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Controls & IT

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

MAX IV is a Swedish national large-scale research laboratory hosted by Lund University. It provides scientists from Sweden as well as internationally, with state-of-the-art instrumentation for research in areas such as engineering, physics, structural biology, chemistry and nanotechnology. Fully developed it will receive more than 2 000 scientists annually, conducting ground-breaking experiments in materials and life sciences using the brilliant X-ray light.

The MAX IV Controls and IT team (KITS) deliver solutions to the whole MAX IV organisation in the areas of control system hardware, controls software applications, infrastructure and networking, information management and scientific software. This is a dynamic and highly challenging environment and requires close collaboration with the staff in order to understand the needs and be effective in forming solutions. We are around 50 people in total who work in 5 domains in a well organised and agile way. We hold values of lean management, knowledge spread, user autonomy, continuous improvement and flexibility as guiding principles for our work.

MAX IV scientific software is a small team developing and supporting scientific software projects for data analysis at the new generation light-sources. It is challenging high data rates and large data volumes using modern software frameworks and computing infrastructure, integrating them into effective, high performance and sustainable services. Team members have to work closely together with MAX IV scientists, engineers, users, HPC experts and with MAX IV partners from the Nordic academia, industry and other large-scale facilities. 

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Photon and Neutron Data Service (ExPaNDS) is a collaboration of 10 national Photon and Neutron (PaN) research infrastructures and EGI. ExPaNDS project aims to develop and expand data management and data analysis services for PaN sciences and integrate them into EOSC. 

Work duties and areas of responsibility
The main task will be development and testing of a prototype data analysis service for X-ray scattering, imaging and spectroscopy methods within the ExPaNDS project. The service builds on existing software and data and integrates them with compute environment and data catalogue with the aim of improving reproducibility and reusability of data analysis from synchrotron experiments. Minor adjustments to software or acquisition of new datasets are welcomed but not mandatory. Data analysis workflows of interest have usually an HPC flavor in a sense of high storage or compute needs. Good communication and collaboration with MAX IV scientists, other MAX IV units, European PaN facilities and HPC experts will be needed. Beside delivering to the ExPaNDS project, part of the position includes a general support of MAX IV scientific software and MAX IV operation. Within these activities it is possible to develop software related to PaN infrastructures, participate in experiments at PaN facilities or contribute to other related MAX IV projects, in particular DataStaMP

– Master or PhD in e-Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Natural or Computer Sciences. 
– Demonstrated practical experience with scientific data processing using cloud-like infrastructure (at least on the level of a project or consecutive projects for a period of 1.5 years).
– Good practice in scientific computing and sustainable software development. 

– Expertise in testing and validation frameworks for Data analysis services. 
– Experience in e-Infrastructure development, optimally in relation to large scale scientific infrastructures. 
– PhD in e-Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Natural or Computer Sciences. 
– Knowledge and experience from PaN sciences. 
– Knowledge and experience in X-ray imaging methods. 
– Experience with HPC and cloud computing.

Collaboration with other facilities and partners may require occasional short international travels, if possible with respect to the situation.  

The successful candidate is flexible, service minded, performance oriented, has problem solving analytical ability and the ability to cooperate.

On call services may apply in the future.

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Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAs per agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2020/2317
ContactZdenek Matej, +46 722 31 58 83
Union representativeOFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,ådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64, Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Last application date31.Aug.2020 11:59 PM CET

Software development engineer for scientific data management at SOLEIL

This position is open in the frame of the European project ExPaNDS, in which SOLEIL is actively involved. Funded for a period of 3 years from 01/09/2019 to 31/08/2022, it aims to promote open science and to federate within the framework of EOSC the services provided by the national Neutron and Synchrotron infrastructures: data catalogue, remote data analysis services. Indeed, their production of scientific data evolves significantly both in complexity and in volume, implying a substantial change in the management and processing of data.

Your main function will be to ensure the technical implementation of the solutions adopted by the ExPaNDS project for the publication of experimental data according to FAIR principles, and the analysis of these data remotely in line with the constraints specific to the environment of SOLEIL.

You will work on the SOLEIL site, in close collaboration with software and database engineers from SOLEIL and other installations involved in the ExPaNDS project. You will interact with beamline scientists and end users to assess and address their data analysis needs. In particular, you will benefit from the achievements of the European PaNOSC project and the JRA2 activity of the European CalipsoPlus project.

Responsibilities and tasks:

During the European ExPaNDS project:

  • You will participate in the selection and implementation of software tools to integrate data management plans related to research projects carried out on site into information systems.
  • You will participate in the selection and implementation of software tools providing to external users access to experiment data catalogs.
  • You will participate in the selection and implementation of solutions adopted in the project for the launch and execution of applications / Workflows for processing scientific data remotely.
  • You will develop the software adaptations necessary for the deployment of these solutions on local infrastructures at SOLEIL and their connection to remote EOSC platforms.
  • You will provide the elements (documentation and other supports such as tutorials) necessary for the training of maintenance personnel for these solutions as well as that of their users.
  • You will collaborate with the EXPANDS partners, and contribute to project progress meetings or meetings specific to project tasks, which will be held by videoconference or face-to-face in one of the facilities involved.
  • You will regularly report internally and externally on the progress of activities, and may be required to present your work at conferences or other related external meetings. 

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