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Computational Scientist/Scientific Programmer

Champaign, Illinois
Job Type
29 Jul 2022
Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. With revenues of $125M+, and a staff of more than 630, Riverside Research provides high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country's most challenging technical problems. Riverside Research also supports advanced technical education and collaborates widely with university researchers.

The company was formed from a respected research laboratory at Columbia University and has a current focus on technical areas including Radar systems, Optics and Photonics, Electromagnetics, Plasma physics, Geoint, Masint, Systems Engineering, and Modeling & Simulation.

Riverside Research's open innovation R&D model encourages both internal and external collaboration to accelerate innovation, advance science, and expand market opportunities. In 2015, Riverside Research expanded its facility in Dayton, OH, adding a 30,000 square-foot Open Innovation Center (OIC). The OIC is a collaborative R&D environment that fosters creativity, synergy, and ultimately delivers innovative solutions to current and anticipated challenges. The OIC sets the standard for collaborative innovation and is dedicated to promoting research across the company. Riverside Research has additional research facilities in Boston, MA; New York, NY; Centreville, VA; and Champaign, IL.

Job Number: 814

Riverside Research's Applied Mathematics and Physics Solutions group is seeking a computational scientist/scientific programmer to support development of high-impact computational electromagnetics (CEM) codes. The candidate will research and develop new techniques that advance the state-of-the-art in defense industry CEM tools. Work will be performed in collaboration with a diverse team, with backgrounds in CEM, physics, computer science, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, and high-performance computing (HPC) at our facilities in Ohio (Dayton), New York (NYC), and Illinois (Champaign). This position will include work on independent research and development (IRAD) and contracts.

This position can be located in either NY, Dayton OH or Champaign IL offices

All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Develops state-of-the-art computational electromagnetics (CEM) and numerical linear algebra algorithms
  • Designs, develops, documents, tests (validation and verification) and debugs software
  • Supports code development activities in the group by developing requirements and test plans for software validation and verification
  • Compiles and evaluates test data, prepares technical reports, recommends methods and processes required to meet design objectives on new or improved products and/or processes
  • Applies new methods, algorithms, or processes, and evaluates and communicates conclusions
  • Becomes a subject matter expert in computational methods, mathematics, physics, and/or modeling and simulation
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications:
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance
  • Education and Experience:
    • Bachelor's in STEM field with 5+ years of experience, or
    • Master's in STEM field with 2+ years of experience, or
    • PhD in STEM field with 0+ years of experience.
    • Relevant years of experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
  • Familiarity with C, C++, and/or Fortran software development on and for Linux or other Unix-like systems
  • Familiarity with Python, Unix shell scripting or computationally focused high-level languages such as MATLAB, Mathematica, Julia, etc.
  • Familiarity with linear algebra and/or electromagnetics
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, written and verbal
  • Willingness to learn and perform other duties as assigned
  • Ability to travel (less than 10%)
Desired Qualifications:
  • Active Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance (with poly preferred)
  • STEM degree in physics, electrical engineering, or applied mathematics
  • Experience with any of the following numerical techniques (or similar): method of moments, surface and volumetric integral equations, geometric/physical optics methods, H2 or H-matrix arithmetic, domain decomposition methods, multi-level fast multipole method, finite element method, finite difference time domain, particle-in-cell, multi-scale methods, adjoint methods, optimization, etc.
  • 3+ years of C, C++, and/or Fortran software development experience on and for Linux or other Unix-like systems
  • 3+ years of experience with parallel programming on large high-performance computers (MPI and/or OpenMP)

Riverside Research does not mandate COVID vaccination as a condition of employment. However, proof of vaccination or negative test may be required to enter certain government facilities and sites. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site-specific requirements. To protect the health and safety of its employees, their families, and to comply with customer requirements, the company requires all employees to disclose vaccination status (upon hire).

Riverside Research strives to be one of America's premier providers of independent, trusted technical and scientific expertise. We continue to add experienced and technically astute staff who are highly motivated to help our DoD and Intelligence Community (IC) customers deliver world class programs. As a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, we believe service to customers and support of our staff is our mission. Our goal is to serve as a destination company by providing an industry-leading, positive, and rewarding employee experience for all who join us. We aspire to be a valued partner to our customers and to earn their trust through our unwavering commitment to achieve timely, innovative, cost-effective and mission-focused solutions.

All positions at Riverside Research are subject to background investigations. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and identity check.

Our EEO Policy
Riverside Research is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote without regard to race, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability/veteran, status as a protected veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local law.

If you need assistance at any time in our application or interview process, please contact Human Resources at or email . A member of the HR team will be available to assist.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified protected veterans and requires affirmative action by covered contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans.

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  • Job Reference: 671160036-2
  • Date Posted: 29 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Riverside Research
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent