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Software Scientist

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Software Scientist
Faculty Rank: Research Scientist
Posting Number: SR0160163
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) located at Virginia Tech seeks candidates for multiple software scientist positions in the areas of molecular science, applied mathematics and computer science. The successful candidates will be actively involved in an interdisciplinary team who will help develop software frameworks, interact with community code developers including Software Fellows, develop and provide software development training, collaborate with partners in cyberinfrastructure, form mutually productive coalitions with industry, government labs and international efforts. Candidates should have demonstrable skills in computational methods and theories for molecular sciences, applied mathematics, or computer science and in active community software development.

Specific duties (among the hires):
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 mentors to Software Fellows by training them in software engineering best practices, API development, unit-testing, 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/co-author 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, biology, materials science, applied mathematics or related area; OR
MSc with demonstrated experience or PhD in computer engineering, computer science, or related area;
Experience in theoretical and computational methods for molecular sciences, applied mathematics or computer science

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in successful software development activities;
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

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Applicants must submit online at and locate the posting for Software Scientist under the Department of Chemistry (Posting (TBA)). Applicants will submit a curriculum vita, a cover letter, and provide three references. The Search Committee Coordinator is available to address any specific questions related to the position: Professor Theresa Windus, Iowa State University, Department of Chemistry, 125 Spedding Hall Ames, IA 50011;
Review of applications will begin November 21, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled. Additional information about the MolSSI is available at Virginia Tech is an AA/EEO employer and applications from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Occasional travel for consultations and to attend professional meetings and conferences is required, and University policy requires a criminal background check.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 7/31/2018
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Chemistry
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 10/28/2016
Review Begin Date: 11/21/2016
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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