Employment

RENCI’s inclusive, creative ethos transcends disciplinary boundaries to catalyze data-driven discovery and innovation for the public good. A career at RENCI offers a stimulating, collaborative environment where you can unleash your intellectual potential to advance technology and accelerate research.

We value new ideas, innovative solutions, and collaboration, and our employees enrich our organizational culture with their unique skills and perspectives. We are always looking for new talent to further expand the range of skill sets, backgrounds, and perspectives at RENCI.

View our current open positions below to see if RENCI could be the right fit for you!

Internships

RENCI hosts students in every area of our work through the Student Advancement at RENCI (STAR) program. We are dedicated to helping the next generation of thinkers bring their ideas to the table, build valuable skill sets, and pursue professional growth. RENCI offers a robust internship program providing opportunities to gain real-world experience at a premier data science research institute. Each intern works directly with a designated mentor aligned with their particular area of interest, and the mentor and intern work together to design a project or series of projects to help the student apply and broaden their skills. Given the breadth of RENCI’s research and operational expertise, the possible focus areas for internships are rich and diverse.

Our current internship opportunities are listed below. However, we are always open to speaking to those interested in future opportunities; fill out this form to express your interest, and we will let you know if opportunities arise that match your interests. Please familiarize yourself with the application deadlines and program dates.

On a case-by-case basis, RENCI is able to participate in internship classes and programs at your school that offer credit for hours and work completed at your internship as long as they follow the internship credit guidelines.

Learn more about student experiences at RENCI on our STAR program blog

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iRODS Internship: Summer 2023

Renaissance Computing Institute
iRODS Internship: Summer 2023
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The iRODS Consortium is looking for qualified, motivated candidates for a paid, full-time, remote, summer internship (probably three months, June-August). We have brainstormed five separate projects, each appropriate for a summer of focus. Each project is real work that we would like to have done and will be an important part of the iRODS ecosystem in the near future. This internship would provide experience with working in a production-quality software engineering environment with global reach, mentorship and periodic code reviews, direct feedback from community members, and a final presen...

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The iRODS Consortium is looking for qualified, motivated candidates for a paid, full-time, remote, summer internship (probably three months, June-August). We have brainstormed five separate projects, each appropriate for a summer of focus. Each project is real work that we would like to have done and will be an important part of the iRODS ecosystem in the near future.

This internship would provide experience with working in a production-quality software engineering environment with global reach, mentorship and periodic code reviews, direct feedback from community members, and a final presentation about the work and its impact.

The Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is open source data management software used by research, commercial, and governmental organizations worldwide.

The iRODS Consortium brings together businesses, research organizations, universities, and government agencies to ensure the sustainability of iRODS by guiding further development of the software, growing the user and developer communities, and facilitating iRODS support, education, and collaboration opportunities. The iRODS Consortium fields a team of software developers, application engineers, and support staff housed at RENCI at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://irods.org/2023/01/irods-internship-summer-2023/.

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HeLx Intern

Renaissance Computing Institute
HeLx Intern
Position #20051965

HeLx is a command center for data science communities developed to address the need for rapid deployment of robust cyberinfrastructure in the cloud. The scalable portal allows researchers to easily ingest, move, share, analyze and archive scientific data. HeLx is designed to be flexible and customizable and empowers researchers across domains as varied as plant genomics, biomedical science, clinical informatics, and neuroscience to do work with their preferred tools close to the data in the cloud at scale. The HeLx Intern will be responsible for:

  • Identifying gaps in user-facing...

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HeLx is a command center for data science communities developed to address the need for rapid deployment of robust cyberinfrastructure in the cloud. The scalable portal allows researchers to easily ingest, move, share, analyze and archive scientific data. HeLx is designed to be flexible and customizable and empowers researchers across domains as varied as plant genomics, biomedical science, clinical informatics, and neuroscience to do work with their preferred tools close to the data in the cloud at scale.

The HeLx Intern will be responsible for:

  • Identifying gaps in user-facing documentation;
  • Identifying technical issues with user-facing documentation as well as internal documentation (eg, broken formatting, bad redirects, etc)
  • Preforming QC on user-facing documentation to ensure it provides HeLx users with an optimal user experience;
  • Conducting 1:1 interviews with HeLx engineers to identify gaps in repo documentation;
    creating outlines for repo READMEs to address those gaps; and where needed and
    appropriate, working with HeLx engineers to (a) understand the repos they are analyzing and (b) compose content for said repos;
  • Submitting PRs to solve documentation issues for review and approval by the HeLx project manager and supervisor.

A second phase of this internship is anticipated based on the intern’s knowledge and
interfacing with the team. After 7 weeks (~half of the internship), a meeting between the intern, mentor, and supervisor will occur to discuss phase two. The additional roles for the second phase may include:

  • Assignment on experience-appropriate tickets for HeLx work;
  • Co-working with other HeLx engineers on existing tickets to solve existing problems and explore new development opportunities.

During their internship, the HeLx intern will attend scrum meetings to report on their tasks as well as better interface and engage with their team. Additional team meetings as well as 1:1calls with supervisor and mentor will also be actively scheduled on a recurring as well as as-needed basis.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Undergraduate – Junior or Senior. Proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the English language.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/248104.

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Platform Engineering Internship

Renaissance Computing Institute
Platform Engineering Internship
Position #20052620

As a Platform Engineering Intern, you will:

  • Work on a meaningful project that will ultimately benefit scientific researchers.
  • Deploy and manage a modern application on Kubernetes.
  • Learn modern IT practices from a team of experts.
  • Learn how to plan/architect a new service and how to manage potential risks.
  • Learn security and site reliability engineering skills.
  • Communicate with users and write excellent documentation

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the compete...

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As a Platform Engineering Intern, you will:

  • Work on a meaningful project that will ultimately benefit scientific researchers.
  • Deploy and manage a modern application on Kubernetes.
  • Learn modern IT practices from a team of experts.
  • Learn how to plan/architect a new service and how to manage potential risks.
  • Learn security and site reliability engineering skills.
  • Communicate with users and write excellent documentation

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • Currently pursuing a degree in computer science or similar field
  • Familiarity with one or more programming languages
  • Familiarity with Linux concepts
  • Comfortable with Unix/Linux command line interfaces

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Currently an undergraduate student.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/247571.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Renaissance Computing Institute
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position #PDS003673

The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Chapel Hill is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to assist with research involved in an NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution Institute project entitled, Imageomics: A New Frontier of Biological Information Powered by Knowledge-Guided Machine Learning. Work on the project at RENCI involves developing approaches for the use of bio-ontologies and other structured biological knowledge in machine-learning-based image analysis for species identification, species classification, and morphological trait extraction. This includes incorporation of...

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The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Chapel Hill is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to assist with research involved in an NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution Institute project entitled, Imageomics: A New Frontier of Biological Information Powered by Knowledge-Guided Machine Learning. Work on the project at RENCI involves developing approaches for the use of bio-ontologies and other structured biological knowledge in machine-learning-based image analysis for species identification, species classification, and morphological trait extraction. This includes incorporation of ontologies into machine-learning algorithms, as well as application of ontologies to create structured output that is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). The candidate will work with the rest of the Imageomics Institute, including both AI researchers and biologists, to collectively define the requirements and to develop prototype ontology-based tools to help investigate a variety of biological problems.

The candidate is expected to work in a team environment together with graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and software engineers in the Imageomics Institute, and work closely with postdoc mentors (Dr. Jim Balhoff at RENCI and Dr. Hilmar Lapp of Duke University) and the rest of the Institute in defining core research directions and advancing the nascent field of imageomics. Ideally the candidate will also forge important directions for their own research and a pathway towards an independent research career.

The postdoctoral research associate will contribute to and participate in meetings, workshops, trainings, conferences; prepare and give presentations on results of the research at conferences; lead and participate in drafting scientific papers reporting results of the research for publication in scientific journals; perform other duties as requested or required to support the work of the research project.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

PhD in one of these fields: Biological Sciences, Biodiversity Informatics, Computer Science, Information Science, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics, Informatics, Ecoinformatics, Applied Mathematics or a related field.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Experience in at least one of the following fields: Bio-ontologies, Semantic Web technologies, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Algorithms, Biodiversity Informatics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics, Ecoinformatics or a related field.

Programming experience in a language such as Python, R, Java, or Scala.

Experience in writing grant proposals and scientific publications.

Strong communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Experience in applying Bio-ontologies, Semantic Web technologies, and Artificial Intelligence/Neural Networks to biological data.

Working knowledge of Unix based operating systems and git version control.

Three years of coding experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/245298.

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Post-Doc Research Associate

Renaissance Computing Institute
Post-Doc Research Associate
Position #PDS003541

The Renaissance Computing Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to fill one postdoctoral opening for a NOAA-funded project that will develop statistical and other approaches to project coastal storm surge assessments into future current climate scenarios. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct simulations on high-performance computers, develop new and modify existing input ...

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The Renaissance Computing Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to fill one postdoctoral opening for a NOAA-funded project that will develop statistical and other approaches to project coastal storm surge assessments into future current climate scenarios. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct simulations on high-performance computers, develop new and modify existing input datasets, and develop approaches for projecting current climate assessments for storm surge into future climate scenarios. The postdoctoral associate will write technical reports and scientific papers to present research results and assist in developing proposals for external funding. The position is renewed on an annual basis, for a minimum of 2 years, based on satisfactory performance.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Candidates must have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in physical oceanography, climate science, or a related science or engineering discipline.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Must have an interest in coastal hazards and risk, numerical modeling and methods, and data analysis. A successful candidate will have: (1) a strong quantitative and analytic background, (2) strong programming skills in Fortran and Python or Matlab, and (3) effective communication skills with an ability to work within a multi-disciplinary research team.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Knowledge and experience with numerical modeling applications with the ADCIRC storm surge and wind-wave model is preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

To apply for this position, please visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/236210.

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