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Simons Foundation
  • Position Number: 3705815
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

162 Fifth Avenue
Full time


The Scientific Computing Core (SCC), co-led by Nick Carreiro and Ian Fisk, manages supercomputing resources and provides high performance computing (HPC) expertise to all centers at the Flatiron Institute, a division of the Simons Foundation, developing tools broadly useful to the scientific community as a whole.

SCC is seeking a Software Engineer Intern to apply their development skills to original computational projects. The selected candidate will have a chance to collaborate on an open source project while learning about numerical algorithms, GPU computing, MPI, and various other high performance computing (HPC) topics. The internship will be focused on HPC, and not machine learning, though many of the techniques used can be applied to accelerate machine learning applications. The selected candidate will be on SCC premises daily to meet with their advisor, collaborate with scientists from a broad range of disciplines, present their progress, and participate in discussions. At the completion of their projects, they will orally present their work and potentially prepare a research paper.

This is a paid, full-time internship that will run from May 30 through August 11, and will take place in our New York City offices. Travel to New York City, and housing may be available for interns based outside of the five boroughs of New York City.


  • Assist in planning and implementation of novel generic open source computational tools and broader research software. Some recent projects that are in active development include, but are not limited to:

  • Use github to organize workflow and effectively collaborate on team programming projects

  • Use Flatiron cluster resources to profile/benchmark/test software


  • Must be a student enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program

  • Students enrolled in physics, mathematics, computer science, or related disciplines preferred

  • Written or made a major contribution to a significant project in one of the following languages: C/C++, Julia, Python, MATLAB, FORTRAN, CUDA

  • Basic knowledge of the linux command line

  • Strong oral and written communication

  • Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills


  • Working expertise with object oriented programming in C++ and Python

  • Understanding of (thought not necessarily practical experience in) HPC and cluster computing topics such as MPI, GPU/CUDA and Slurm

  • Course in data structures and algorithms or equivalent

  • Basic knowledge of git/github, particularly when dealing with shared projects

Required Application Materials

  • Resume or CV

  • Cover letter indicating your interest in the position

  • If available, please include GitHub or other code links


  • This internship pays $20 to $25 per hour, depending on experience.


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

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