Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
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Closes: 31 May 2023
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HPC Web Engineer

Position summary

The Scientific Computing and Data Analysis (SCDA) section, under the Research Support Division (RSD), promotes the effective use of High-Performance Computing (HPC) in OIST research environment. The SCDA manages OIST scientific computing resources and services to support computationally intensive research studies, ranging from bioinformatics to computational physics.


The HPC Web engineer will contribute to enhancing the usage and support of OIST’s HPC and scientific computing services. Under the direction of the SCDA Leader, the section member will be involved in the design, development, and maintenance of software and tools for OIST computing resources and services, as well as general systems administration and programming tasks.

  1. Designs, implements and maintains software tools to support end users and administrators of Research computing systems.
  2. Designs, develops and maintains software tools for monitoring, management, administration, etc., and supporting day-to-day operations of the SCDA team.
  3. Administrates, debugs, maintains, applies revision updates, and addresses security updates to software and OSes.
  4. Produces and manages documentations of systems (installation, configuration, etc.) and software (design, maintenance, user guides, etc.)
  5. Explores emerging technologies and technical developments to address expanding analytical and skill requirements.
  6. Contributes to a team culture of trust and transparency by sharing information openly, and deliberately.
  7. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested by the Section Leader.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as computer science, computer information systems etc., or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  2. 3+ years of software development experience in Linux/Unix computing environment.
  3. Familiar with modern Web technologies, including ECMAScript (>= ES8), Webpack, jQuery, and any of Vue.js (preferred) / React / Angular, etc.
  4. Good command of Unix/Linux shell and script languages (e.g., bash, python, ruby).
  5. Familiar with version control tools such as Git (preferred), SVN, CVS, etc.
  6. Ability to read and write technical documents in English.
  7. Good organization and communication skills, verbal and written, either in Japanese or in English.
  8. Ability to develop positive working relationships and a strong rapport with team members.
  9. Ability to identify and resolve problems.
  10. Ability to learn and apply new concepts, methods, and practices.


  1. Experience in developing low-level software (e.g., library, device driver) to control instruments.
  2. Experience in using HPC systems (e.g., job submission, parallel computing, etc.)
  3. Experience with software development using CUDA or OpenCL.
  4. Basic knowledge of scientific numerical simulation (e.g., numerical error handling, integration methods).
  5. Basic knowledge in statistics (e.g., standard deviation, correlation).
  6. Experience with container technologies (e.g., Singularity, Docker, Enroot).
  7. Experience with Cloud services (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).
  8. Knowledge and experience in networking and network protocols.

Starting Date 
As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 
Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1-2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5 hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)

Compensation & Benefits 
In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations