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System / Application Programmer - HPC - NOAA (Remote)

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Job ID: 198488
Location: PRINCETON, NJ, United States
Date Posted: Jan 21, 2020
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: No

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Job Description


SAIC is recruiting for a Senior Systems Programmer for our NOAA / GFDL program with strong experience working directly with HPC. This individual will be supporting climate code and algorithm transitions to new computing architectures and paradigms, as well as the scientists and users that write the code, in a structured team environment.


The programmer will participate in various algorithm improvements and code optimization initiatives, as well as serving as a HPC and Model Support liaison between Scientists and the Modeling Services team for the purposes of scientific code development and infrastructure planning. Attending code reviews, planning development meetings, running Computer Climate Models for the purposes of regression testing and Documentation of production software are other roles included in this position.


This position reviews, analyzes, develops, installs, and modifies computer operating systems and systems utilities and applications.  The ideal candidate must have a thorough understanding of application development, system processing of applications, and how system architecture impacts application utilization and optimization.  

Overall the candidate will:  

  • Analyze and resolves problems at the code, system, network, or user level;
  • Troubleshoot the function and performance of system utilities;
  • Work to develop new capabilities and optimize performance;
  • Detect, diagnoses, and report related problems;
  • Participate in evaluating new HPC technology and architectures;
This position can be remote, however it will require travel to customer labs as required. 


  • B.S. in Math, Computer Science, Engineering or Physical Science e.g. (Meteorology, Physics);
  • 4+ years of related experience (or comparable experience/degree); 
  • Deep knowledge of HPC architecture;
  • Experience with Cloud architecture from an ad hoc scalability standpoint to support greater compute, as well as from a cloud migration standpoint;
  • Experience with HPC schedulers;
  • Proficiency in Linux and basic Linux administration;
  • Shell, PERL, BASH Scripting;
  • Experience with Massively Parallel Programming concepts and tools such as OpenMP;
  • Experience in Interactive Debugger e.g. TotalView, Allinea; 
  • Experience with source code control systems (i.e. code repositories SVN, GIT);
  • Proficiency in Modern Programming Languages e.g. (C, C++);
  • Candidate must be willing to learn other languages e.g. FORTRAN; 
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Technical Writing Experience; 
  • Good communication skills; 
  • Independent self-starter; 
  • US Citizenship required with the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance

Desired Qualifications

  • M.S. / PhD in Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science; 
  • FORTRAN Experience is highly desired;
  • Understanding of using predictive analytics to move from break-fix environment;
  • Professional knowledge in one or more physical science fields; 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new programming languages and technical skills; 
  • Understanding of HPC future states and tool development;

  • Overview

    SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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