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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 273950-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

Join the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) as a Research Cyberinfrastructure Specialist (RCS) to build software and services that help push the frontiers of knowledge across a wide swath of research domains.

As an RCS, your work will include tasks such as developing data processing frameworks for the xDD project; building, testing, and releasing production-ready software for an integrated software stack; troubleshooting issues in a distributed computing environment; and integrating services into our computational infrastructure to improve the system's performance and ease of use.
The preferred applicant will be able to work both independently and as part of a dynamic team, as well as possess the skills to effectively communicate in a distributed, fast-paced environment.

In addition to enabling research across disciplines, the CHTC advances the state-of-the-art of large-scale computing itself and the chosen applicant will be interested in a career of continuous learning. At the Center, we are supportive of staff continuing their education; numerous team members have subsequently pursued graduate degrees.

More about xDD:
xDD is built to eXtract Dark Data from scientific literature, enabling researchers to find and analyze knowledge from an ever-growing library of over 15 million published articles. The xDD team works on developing storage processing pipelines for data enrichment; aiding researchers in creating data-mining tools and analyses using the xDD framework; and collaborating with leading machine learning researchers to build and explore enormous domain-specific knowledge graphs.

Responsibilities: Applies computational, computer science, data science, and cyber infrastructure (CI) research and development principles to provide consultation and operational support of research and technology integration and development.
  • 10% Provides direct support of users of advanced computing systems for research
  • 25% Performs troubleshooting, analysis, operation, and support of advanced computing systems for research
  • 10% Writes and updates documentation and tutorials supporting CI activities for research
  • 5% May develop and facilitate brief courses for internal researchers
  • 50% May provide support for development of custom Cyber Infrastructure solutions for research needs
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Associate's Degree


- Experience with databases, data pipeline architectures, and data analysis.
- Basic knowledge of software development environments like Git or GitHub
- Basic proficiency in scripting languages such as shell or Python
- Proficiency with the Linux command line
- Experience with both relational and non-relational databases, especially postgresql, mongodb, and Elasticsearch
- Knowledge of container technologies such as Docker or Kubernetes
- Knowledge of automated software testing, such as Continuous Integration pipelines, test driven development, and unit/integration testing frameworks
- Knowledge of high-throughput computing technologies like HTCondor or GlideinWMS
- Knowledge of software packaging ecosystems such as Yum and RPM
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams
- Excellent problem solving skills
- Demonstrated ability with writing technical documentation

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $49,700 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

More about the CHTC:

The CHTC develops open-source distributed computing software technologies used worldwide, such as HTCondor, and operates a large and active computing infrastructure consisting of thousands of CPUs used by hundreds of research groups across the UW campus. CHTC and its staff contribute to the nation's cyberinfrastructure ecosystem; our work enables academic research across the world.

Compensation to scale with experience. See details on the full salary ranges for this job category from the Standard job Description library:
- Research Cyberinfrastructure Specialist 1:

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter and resume should address your qualifications as they pertain to the qualifications listed above and include URLs for examples of past work.

For questions on the position, contact: or 608-263-7132.


Ian Ross
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Research CI Spec I(RE073)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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