Monday, November 4, 2013

Internship of the Week: Parallel Computational Sciencenternship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Interested in spending your 2014 Summer engaged in research related to the Atmosphere?
Looking for the opportunity to be a part of a National Research Center?

Consider applying for the 
2014 Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) 
at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The Organization:
CISL's mission is to support and advance the geosciences with world-class computing, data management and research in mathematics and computational science. CISL realizes this mission by providing:

  • High-performance computing and expertise needed for the development and execution of large, long-running numerical simulations
  • A data archiving and management system that is balanced in performance and capacity relative to computational resources
  • High-speed network and data communication capabilities that are balanced with respect to computational facilities, storage facilities, and the requirements of a national and international community
  • Research data sets and expertise needed by atmospheric and related sciences
  • A computing environment and support services that emphasize user productivity and cost-effectiveness
  • Education and training in computing and related technologies with an emphasis on under-represented groups
  • A center of activity for the mathematical and geophysical communities that applies mathematics and statistics to fundamental issues in the geosciences

The Position:
SIParCS interns may work on projects drawn from a relatively wide variety of areas related to computational science, including:

  1. Working with scientists, running models on supercomputers to study the Earth system, including the oceans, atmosphere, land processes, ice and solid earth. The phenomena studied by computational geoscience, including solar flares, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, ocean circulation patterns, climate change, drought and wildfires, have tremendous economic and societal importance.
  2. Deploying, administering, or benchmarking massively parallel computers and complex networking and data storage systems.
  3. Developing new software tools or infrastructure for modeling and forecasting system and for visualizing or analyzing data.
  4. Conducting research in areas of applied mathematics, numerical methods, and statistic relevant to the geosciences.

  • Interns primarily follow the guidance of their scientific mentors and are encouraged to collaborate in the design of their research project. 
  • Writing: SIParCS interns are encouraged but not required to write papers as part of their research experience.
  • Seminars: In the last week of their 11-week experience, interns will present seminars to their peers and scientists.
  • Interns will interact professionally with all staff.
  • Conference Travel: Interns may be funded to attend national scientific conferences to present their research related to SIParCS.
Qualification Desired:

  • Must currently be enrolled in a university in the United States.
  • Must be a graduate or undergraduate who has completed their sophomore year.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of peers.
  • Skill in the use of software for communication purposes (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail).
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific computing tools and programs.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic problem solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions.
  • Potential to excel in a scientific career.
  • Basic knowledge, through coursework, of mathematics, computer science or engineering.
  • Ability to work full-time during the summer program.
  • Ability to interact with mentors and peers in a manner that supports collaboration and inquiry.
  • Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of organization and assigned work 
  • groups.

The Details:
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Time Period: Summer 2014 (May 19 - August 1, 2014)
Compensation: Paid
Desired Background: Strong math, computer science or engineering knowledge
Organization Contact: Kristin Mooney
Organization Website:
BuckyNet ID: 68911

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

**Additional application details & requirements can be found on BuckyNet**