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HPC Application Support Engineer - for simulations

HPC Application Support Engineer - for simulations

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Eindhoven University of Technology is a place that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on mentality. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. Our campus is at the center of one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world: Brainport Eindhoven, an area that is still growing exponentially.

High Performance Computing (HPC, or supercomputing) is becoming ever more important as a tool in many domains within research, education and industry. Therefore the TU/e has built a lab for HPC application and infrastructure services. This center for supercomputing includes local and cloud solutions, but also uses national and international computing facilities.

The position
We are looking for a proactive, service-minded and self-driven HPC Application Support Engineer who will help us build and professionalize this new and innovative service. Do you want to rise above yourself, in your profession and as a person? Do you want to be challenged every day? At the TU/e, scientists and students continuously create the unthinkable. These creative minds expect you to offer them a solution for tomorrow that doesn’t exist today. You will closely work with researchers, students of all departments and TU/e institutes as well as with industry partners. You have HPC infrastructure engineering knowhow, but your main focus and interest is on the application and workflow side. You will work in a team of highly motivated experts and can help us shape the future of our university, scientists and students.

What does the job entail?

  • Assisting and advising researchers and students to efficiently deploy scientific simulations on the various HPC platforms, such as batch computing clusters and cloud infrastructure;
  • Working with researchers to understand and optimize their applications;
  • Optimizing application workflow (pre-processing, simulation, post-processing, data storage etc.) to make best use of a given HPC platform;
  • Work together as a team member with vendor support engineers and TU/e IT professionals;
  • Benchmarking and administration/accounting of workloads;
  • Training and communication for end-users.



Do you bring the following background? 

  • Academic education in a STEM or related field, with emphasis on numerical experiments;
  • Affinity and familiarity with the academic environment and peer-reviewed publication system;
  • Strong communication and consulting skills;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to independently learn and pick up new developments;
  • You are customer-oriented and service-oriented, to give substance to the job in a practical and creative manner;
  • Practical experience in numerical simulations in academia or industrial settings;
  • HPC Applications expertise (such as: Ansys, Matlab, Siemens, OpenFoam, Comsol);
  • HPC Infrastructure knowledge (job schedulers, cluster management, hardware infrastructures, HPC cloud services);
  • Well versed in a typical scientific/engineering category (e.g. molecular/chemical simulations, finite volume/finite element method);
  • Experience with the ancillary issues that often accompany HPC simulations: such as pre-processing data, storage, I/O and bandwidth considerations during runtime, data cleaning, storage, containerization and post-processing workflows;
  • Familiarity with Linux environments, Bash, Python, SLURM or other engineering tools and languages (high or low level) often used in HPC environments;
  • You thrive in a research environment;
  • Fluency in English. Ability to speak Dutch is an added-value.

    Additional skills:

  • Scientific programming skills are a pre;
  • Disseminate knowledge gained through training sessions, workshops, recordings; 
  • Desire to stay up to date in the latest methods, developments and technologies in HPC;
  • Help researchers achieve reproducible workflows in HPC environments;
  • Team spirit, and willingness to contribute to the growth and success of the HPC Lab;
  • Willingness to cooperate with staff of other HPC centers.



  • A challenging job in a dynamic setting, where you can develop both your technical skills and communication competences;
  • You will be appointed for a period of 1 year with the possibility of extension.
  • A unique mix between academic and industrial environment, due to our close collaboration with research groups at the university and with our industrial partners;
  • A competitive salary scheme (salary scale 10 or 11 with max € 5.439,- gross p/m), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities The salary level depends on your experience, education and knowledge.
  • On top of this you also receive extra annual holiday allowance (8% in May), an end-of-year allowance (8.3% in December, a socalled 13th check.)
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, excellent sports facilities, savings schemes, and 41 days of holiday based on 40 hours a week. Foreign experts may benefit from the 30% tax ruling facility in order to get a higher net salary, the TU/e facilitates you in the application to our local tax authority.


Informatie en sollicitatie

  • If you have any questions about the content of the position, please contact Richard Zoontjens, via: 
  • For more information about this vacancy, please contact our internal recruiter: Bas den Bakker, email or +31 (0)6 512 06 442.

Are you interested in this vacancy? We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible.

This vacancy is published both internally and externally. In case of equal suitability, internal candidates will be given priority. The position will remain open until we have found a suitable candidate.

We look forward to your application!