Software Engineer for Climate Modeling

Philanthropic Technology Seattle, Washington


Nice to meet you, we're Vulcan.

Empowered by our founder Paul Allen’s vision, our mission at Vulcan is to improve our planet by tackling the world’s toughest problems. We do that through scientific and technological breakthroughs, catalytic philanthropy, and inspirational experiences, motivated by Paul’s lifelong question: “What solution should exist that doesn’t?”

What you tell your family you do:

“One of the most pressing and complex challenges currently facing mankind is climate change. I’m building vastly improved models that run on the fastest supercomputers in order to improve projections of Earth’s future climate. This will help mankind’s effective mitigation of and adaption to climate change.”

About this role:

Vulcan Inc. has launched a strategic initiative in partnership with top-notch climate research institutions to build a novel global climate model running on leadership class high-performance computing systems. As a Software Engineer of a small and agile team, you will make significant contributions to the development of the climate model code as well as the underlying software stack and libraries.

In detail you will:

  • Participate in all phases of the software engineering process, including research, design, development, integration, testing and deployment.
  • Work closely with the rest of the multidisciplinary software team and across disciplines.
  • Develop and optimize code for massively parallel architectures with heterogeneous node designs with accelerators such as graphics processing units (GPUs).
  • Use agile methods for managing the software development process.
  • Apply and improve novel programming paradigms such as source-to-source translators and domain-specific languages tailored for weather and climate modeling.
  • Understand and analyze the interplay of hardware and software architectures of modern high-performance computers.

We would love to hear from you if:

  • BS or MS in Computational Science, Computer Science or related field.
  • In-depth knowledge of Python and/or C++ as well as parallel programming.
  • Experience in some relevant HPC technologies (MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC, CUDA) and hardware architectures (GPU, Xeon Phi, ARM).
  • Proven track record of delivering solutions for challenging problems.
  • Positive attitude, a sense of empathy, and the desire to grow and improve skillset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

How to really knock our socks off:

  • In-depth experience with either C++11/14 or Python.
  • Experience with compiler toolchains such as LLVM/Clang.
  • Experience in atmospheric modeling, numerical weather prediction or climate modeling.

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable 

  • Travel estimated to be 10%.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Vulcan Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, disability, political ideology, or veteran status, or other protected class.

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