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(after Simon Sinek)



Science Journalist Internship

The São Paulo Research and Analysis Center (SPRACE, http://www.sprace.org.br) is opening a position of Science Journalist Internship for an outstanding professional to work together with our team of researchers in High Energy Physics (HEP), Computer Science and Engineering.

The SPRACE group works in association with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) from CERN where it is engaged in the physics analysis and in the R&D in instrumentation for the upgrade of the CMS detector. The SPRACE implemented and operates a computational structure (Tier-2) of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) and we were responsible for the creation of GridUnesp which provides high performance processing to more than 60 research groups from different areas of the University. SPRACE has collaborations with several universities and international research centers such as the University of Paris, Edinburgh, Southampton, Fermilab, and CERN.

We have a strong partnership with leading international companies like Intel and Huawei. Our joint projects include the modernisation of HEP codes and the development of software-defined network (SDN) solutions.

SPRACE has an aggressive outreach program which includes the distribution of 25,000 posters on HEP to all Brazilian High Schools, the development of the SPRACE Game and the promotion of the Masterclass in Particle Physics annual event.

Through the involvement in our projects the intern will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the scientific organisation of large international collaborations. He/she will be able to write press releases and articles on scientific subjects with the support of experienced researchers and will be able to practice how to make science more attractive to the general public.

Requirements

Applicants are expected to

  • Have some previous experience in written science communication in English and Portuguese;
  • Be fluent in English both written and oral and have strong MS Office applications skills, in particular PowerPoint;
  • Have good communication skills to transmit the scientific concepts to the public;
  • Provide clear, concise and timely written and oral communications;
  • Demonstrate strong motivation to participate in challenging projects;
  • Work under time pressure and deliver to agreed deadlines and standards;
  • Work both on your own initiative and as part of a team;
  • Build good collaborative working relationships with people from different areas.

A knowledge of physics that allows to understand scientific papers would be a major asset. Applicants enrolled as university student (upper level undergraduate or graduate) in journalism or in technical fields (physical, engineering, or computer science) are welcome.

Appointment Details

These appointments are initially for 3 (three) months and could be extended, depending on the performance of the interim during the initial period.

The income will depend on the qualification and previous experience of the candidate and the amount of his/her time that will be dedicated to the project.

SPRACE is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Applications from any sexual orientation and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Candidates must send an application letter and a résumé of work experience to Sergio.Novaes@cern.ch. A recommendation letter and samples of your previous work is highly desirable.

Deadline for application

The deadline is 29 February 2016. We reserve the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date. Shortlisted candidates must be available for an interview where we expect a short presentation on the previous achievements and on the proposed plan of activities.



Post-doctoral position in Holographic QCD for Hadron Structure and Quark-Gluon Plasma

The São Paulo Research and Analysis Center (SPRACE) is opening a postdoctoral position for an outstanding research fellow to work on holographic QCD for hadron structure and quark-gluon plasma.

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • Take a leading role in the use of holographic models in the phenomenology of hadronic interactions of charmed hadrons with ordinary hadrons like protons, neutrons and pions, and their behavior in a strongly interacting medium as the quark-gluon plasma;
  • Support and advise interns and students in projects related to holographic QCD.

Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a PhD and a previous post-doctoral experience related to the use of holographic QCD methods in the phenomenology of the strong interactions

The applicants must have:

  • Strong motivation to participate in challenging projects and actively develop a research program on holographic QCD;
  • Familiarity with the phenomenology of the strong interactions;
  • Good domain of analytical and numerical tools;
  • Good communication skills

Appointment Period

These appointments are initially for 2 years and could be extended up to 4 years, depending on the results of midterm evaluation carried out by a committee from the funding agency.

Payment and Other Advantages

The monthly income is fixed by FAPESP and nowadays is R$ 6,143.40 and is tax exempt. In addition to the income, the candidate will receive:

  • Travel ticket to/from São Paulo;
  • Installation aid corresponding to one month of salary;
  • 15% of the yearly income, to cover expenses with participation in conferences, equipment, etc.

SPRACE is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Applications from any sexual orientation and members of minority groups are encouraged.

How to apply

Please provide an application letter, résumé of work experience, and at least two letters of recommendation to:

Sérgio F. Novaes Sergio.Novaes@cern.ch

or

Gastao Krein gkrein@ift.unesp.br

Deadline for application

The deadline is 30 June 2015. We reserve the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates must be available for an interview where we expect a short presentation on the previous achievements and proposed research plan.



High Energy Physics at CERN

The São Paulo Research and Analysis Center (SPRACE) is opening Master, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral positions for physicists and engineers with excellent professional records and highly motivates for research and instrumentation in high energy physics. The SPRACE group works in association with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) from CERN. The fellowships will be provided by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

The SPRACE research group is engaged in the physical analysis of CMS investigating the physics beyond the standard model and heavy ions collisions. We are also involved in the R&D for the Level 1 trigger for the upgraded of the tracking detector of CMS.

The SPRACE implemented and operates a computational structure (Tier-2) of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) and we were responsible for the creation of GridUnesp which provides high performance processing to more than 60 research groups from different areas of the University. SPRACE has collaborations with several universities and international research centers such as the University of Paris, Edinburgh, Southampton, Fermilab, CERN and works in partnership with industries such as Padtec and Intel.

Candidates must send an application letter, curriculum vitae describing previous experience and at least two letters of recommendation to the Sergio.Novaes@cern.ch. For additional information see http://www.sprace.org.br.

Senior C++ Developer for Parallelization of Scientific Applications

Keywords: C++, software development, parallel programming, HPC, Geant4, High Energy Physics, UNESP, Fermilab, CERN, Intel, Brazil

The Center for Scientific Computing of the São Paulo State University (Núcleo de Computação Científica da Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP) in São Paulo, Brazil is opening two positions for outstanding senior C++ developers or research fellows to work in association with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in USA and CERN in Europe. Grant funds are provided by Intel, through the Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) program.

The fellows will be deeply involved in the R&D efforts to adapt High Energy Physics (HEP) software tools to the modern computing architectures. The work will be mostly concentrated on Geant4, a toolkit for the simulation of particle-­‐ matter interactions that has been developed for almost two decades by an international collaboration of physicists and computer scientists.

The successful candidate will participate in R&D studies, development and prototyping of different strategies and algorithms to run HEP simulation applications efficiently with multiple computational threads in new and upcoming Intel hardware. An important aspect of this position is the research, implementation and evaluation of existing and new algorithms required by Geant4 type of applications using many computational threads. The work of the successful candidate is expected to add value in computing design and implementation quality, using physics judgment.

Responsibilities

The successful applicant will work on the following activities:

  • Port, test and measure performance of HEP applications, such as Geant4, on current and new parallel platforms, including the Intel MIC architecture;
  • Develop and support strategies and algorithm for simulation tools for these HEP applications to run efficiently on the Intel MIC architecture;
  • Devise and implement improved computational techniques, based on physics analysis and/or modeling technical expertise, to meet the requirements of scientific systems;
  • Extend documentation to further facilitate the use of these tools;
  • Interface with teams that develop and support detector simulation and physics generator packages;

Requirements

The applicants must have:

  • 5+ years of experience developing C++ applications in high performing environments;
  • Advanced development skills in C++, including STL and templates, debugging and memory profiling and performance tuning on Linux systems;
  • Strong motivation to participate in challenging projects and work in a targeted, structured, and productive manner in a multi-­‐disciplinary team;
  • Excellent communication skills in English.

Other key selection criteria include:

  • Strong background in design, program and optimize parallel applications;
  • Knowledge of massive parallel, heterogeneous or many-­‐core architecture;
  • Expertise in using key HEP software packages such as Geant4.

Appointment

These appointments are initially for one year and could be extended up to two years, depending on the results of midterm evaluation carried out by Intel. The position is based in São Paulo but we expect that the candidate travel often to Fermilab and/or to CERN. The candidate should be available to spend three consecutive months in those locations.

Payment and Other Advantages

The yearly income is about USD 35,000.00 (tax exempt). In addition, the candidate will receive the travel ticket to/from São Paulo and installation aid corresponding to one month of salary. UNESP is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Applications from any sexual orientation and members of minority groups are encouraged.

How to apply

Please provide an application letter, résumé of work experience, and at least two letters of recommendation to:

Deadline for application

The deadline is 30 September 2014. We reserve the right not to make an immediate appointment and continue searching after the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates must be available for an interview where we expect a short presentation on the previous background and achievements.



Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental High Energy Physics

The São Paulo Research and Analysis Center (SPRACE) is opening two postdoctoral positions for outstanding research fellows to work in association with the UNESP group on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment of the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Grant funds are provided by FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation.

The SPRACE research team is engaged in two CMS physics analysis groups: Exotic physics (Beyond the Standard Model) and Heavy Ion physics. SPRACE also operates a WLCG Tier-2 facility and is responsible for the implementation of a state-wide grid infrastructure, GridUNESP, which serves more than 50 research groups from different scientific communities. SPRACE is now starting R&D activities on the conceptual design, simulation and proof-of-concept of a Level 1 trigger for the pixel tracking detector of the CMS experiment.

The position

The successful applicant is expected to:
  • take a leading role in the data analysis activities of SPRACE
  • help to comply with our responsibilities in the collaboration
  • participate in the R&D for the CMS upgrade
  • interact with different HEP groups worldwide
  • travel regularly to CERN to work on site
  • support and advise interns and students of the project

Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Experimental High Energy Physics. A previous experience in one of the LHC experiments is an important asset. He/she should have the ability to carry out independent research in HEP and carry out physics analyses related to those of interests to the SPRACE group.

The applicants must have:

  • strong motivation to participate in challenging projects and actively develop a research program on physics analysis
  • experience in HEP data analysis and/or interest on instrumentation
  • ability to work in a targeted, structured, and productive manner in a multi-disciplinary team
  • excellent communication skills

Appointment Period

These appointments are initially for 2 years and could be extended up to 4 years, depending on the results of midterm evaluation carried out by a committee from the funding agency.

Payment and Other Advantages

The monthly income is fixed by FAPESP and nowadays is R$ 6,143.40 which corresponds to a yearly income of about USD 32,000.00 (tax exempt). In addition to the income, the candidate will receive:
  • travel ticket to/from São Paulo
  • installation aid corresponding to one month of salary
  • 15% of the yearly income, which is equivalent to USD 4,500.00, to cover expenses with traveling, participation in conferences, equipment, etc.

SPRACE is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Applications from any sexual orientation and members of minority groups are encouraged.

How to apply

Please provide an application letter, résumé of work experience, and at least two letters of recommendation to:

Deadline for application

The deadline is 31 July 2014. We reserve the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates must be available for an interview where we expect a short presentation on the previous achievements and proposed research plan.



Post-Doctoral Position in Phenomelogy of High Energy Heavy Ion Collisions

The São Paulo Research and Analysis Center (SPRACE) is opening a postdoctoral position for an outstanding research fellow to work on phenomenology of the hydrodynamical description provided by the code SPheRIO in association with the experimental activities of the Heavy Ion group at SPRACE. One of the goals is to implement a real hydrodynamic calculation provided by the SPheRIO code in Monte Carlo simulators within the CMS framework, strengthening the interaction between the expertise of theorists and of experimentalists in the group. Grant funds are provided by FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation.

The position

The successful applicant is expected to:
  • take a leading role in the phenomenological analysis activities of SPRACE
  • help to comply with our responsibilities in the group
  • travel regularly to CERN to work on site
  • support and advise interns and students of the project

Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. related to the phenomenology of high energy heavy ion physics. A previous experience in the phenomenology of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and/or of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is an important asset. He/she should have the ability to carry out independent research in HI collisiosn and carry out physics analyses related to those of interests to the SPRACE group.

The applicants must have:

  • strong motivation to participate in challenging projects and actively develop a research program on physics analysis
  • familiarity with hydrodynamical models and related descriptions
  • good domain of analytical and numerical tools
  • ability to work in a targeted, structured, and productive manner in a multi-disciplinary team
  • excellent communication skills

Appointment Period

These appointments are initially for 2 years and could be extended up to 4 years, depending on the results of midterm evaluation carried out by a committee from the funding agency.

Payment and Other Advantages

The monthly income is fixed by FAPESP and nowadays is R$ 6,143.40 which corresponds to a yearly income of about USD 32,000.00 (tax exempt). In addition to the income, the candidate will receive:
  • travel ticket to/from São Paulo
  • installation aid corresponding to one month of salary
  • 15% of the yearly income, which is equivalent to USD 4,500.00, to cover expenses with traveling, participation in conferences, equipment, etc.

SPRACE is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Applications from any sexual orientation and members of minority groups are encouraged.

How to apply

Please provide an application letter, résumé of work experience, and at least two letters of recommendation to:

Deadline for application

The deadline is 31 July 2014. We reserve the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates must be available for an interview where we expect a short presentation on the previous achievements and proposed research plan.



Senior Electronics Engineers

Software Developer

We have 2 (two) open positions of Software Developer at Levels DTC-B and DTC-C (see below) to work in a joint project with Intel and CERN. The fellowships were provided by the program Bolsas de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico e Industrial para Programas de Tecnologia de Informação e Comunicação (TIC / FNDCT)

Modalidade DTC-B

Requisitos Mínimos

Profissionais de qualquer área do conhecimento, doutor, mestre, graduado ou profissional com nível equivalente ao de técnico, com experiência profissional mínima comprovada de 1, 4, 8 e 10 anos respectivamente, em atividades de desenvolvimento de software e sistemas informáticos ou em atividades ligadas ao processo de inovação à que se propõe o projeto submetido ao CNPq.

Equivalência

  • PhD com 1 ano de formado
  • MsC com 4 anos de formado
  • BsC com 8 anos de formado
  • Técnico com 10 anos de formado

Valor da Mensalidade: R$ 6.000,00

Modalidade DTC-C

Requisitos Mínimos

Profissionais de qualquer área do conhecimento, mestre, graduado ou profissional com nível equivalente ao de técnico, com experiência profissional mínima comprovada de 2, 6 e 8 anos respectivamente, em atividades de desenvolvimento de software e sistemas informáticos ou em atividades ligadas ao processo de inovação à que se propõe o projeto submetido ao CNPq.

Equivalência

  • MsC com 2 anos de formado
  • BsC com 6 anos de formado
  • Técnico com 8 anos de formado

Valor da Mensalidade: R$ 4.500,00



General Timetable for the Position Applications

Date Event
January Call for Applications
30/April Deadline of the Applications
May Shortlisted candidates contacted
July Call for Applications
31/October Deadline of the Applications
November Shortlisted candidates contacted

We reserve the right not to make an immediate appointment and continue searching after the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

-- SergioNovaes - 2014-01-17

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