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Computational Scientist

Department: Information Technology
Location: Waterloo

The Computational Scientist supports and collaborates with researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics on exciting research projects that require or involve significant expertise in computational, numerical, or data processing algorithms. The candidate enjoys and finds fulfillment in enabling the research of others, creating innovative solutions to support Perimeter’s researchers. This is a unique career opportunity with considerable freedom in defining how to best support the Perimeter Institute, a leading centre for scientific research, training, and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics.

The Computational Scientist holds a PhD or has PhD level experience in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline and has significant expertise in computational methods and related fields. The candidate’s expertise should strengthen and complement Perimeter’s in-house expertise, and ideally includes significant experience in computational modelling, data science, or machine learning. Perimeter aims to allow its faculty members and postdoctoral fellows to swiftly explore novel research ideas with the support offered by this position.

Under the supervision of the Research Technologies Group Lead, the Computational Scientist’s projects will involve working closely with, advising, and training others, on topics including Mathematica, Python, High Performance Computing, or data visualization. We expect a genuine interest in engaging researchers and assisting them to improve their use of computational and data science algorithms.

The Computational Scientist will have the opportunity to spend 50% of their time conducting an active research program of their own, with the understanding that the research direction be broadly aligned with Perimeter’s mission.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Education and Experience

Education: A PhD or PhD-level experience in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline which necessitated the in-depth use of computational or data science methods and resources

Experience:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by January 8, 2018; however Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Perimeter Institute encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples and persons with disabilities. Applicants who require special accommodation in order to complete their application/interview are encouraged to contact peopleandculture@perimeterinstitute.ca for assistance.

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