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HPC Runtime Environment Researcher

Passionate about developing the runtime environment software for the next-generation of high- performance computing applications on next-generation hardware? Love to work in a talented team of software engineers working closely with hardware designers on multi-disciplinary problems? We’ve got you covered!




Electronics & Engineering

What you will do

You drive the research on novel runtime environments for executing innovative high-performance computing (HPC) software applications that are co-designed with hardware platforms in imec’s CSA unit.

The Compute System Architecture (CSA) R&D unit at imec leads research into futuristic high-performance and highly secure RISC-V CPUs to extend imec’s technology research leadership into the next decade. System Architecture innovations are key to position imec for success in fast evolving workloads of tomorrow. This unit is responsible for the architecture definition of new CPU and accelerator capabilities, analyzing emerging usage models, and building hardware and software prototypes for data-driven computing hardware capable of exa-scale performance.

Within CSA you join a team with a strong pedigree in algorithms and applications that require high-performance computing for genomics, population modeling, large-scale clustering, and privacy-preserving distributed and federated machine learning. We have, and continue to develop, extensive experience with high performance computing technologies (distributed computing, parallel computing, concurrent computing, vectorization, NUMA optimizations), programming languages (Go, C++, D, Python, Lua, Rust, and many more), and usage of hardware accelerators (GPU, FPGA, TPU, …).

Since the software, runtime environment and hardware are designed collaboratively this means that you closely interact with other CSA researchers to define what is part of the application, the runtime environment, and the hardware, opening up unprecedented opportunities for performance and scaling.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are


  • Master’s or Doctoral degree preferably in Computer Science, (Applied) Mathematics or Engineering disciplines
  • Experience with developing runtime resource management and scheduling techniques and implementations (real-time scheduling, stochastic scheduling, task and data assignment, …)
  • Hands-on and concise in your approach, you enjoy a strong focus on problem solving
  • You quickly embrace new technological paradigms (languages, libraries, technologies, …)
  • You love to take on challenges and are highly result-driven.
  • You deeply care about customer satisfaction and quality of the delivered results.
  • You are a strong team player and a good communicator. Sharing progress of tasks, seeking feedback from your colleagues, and acting as a soundboard, is important to you.

Nice to have:

  • Knowledge of hardware architectures and platforms
  • Knowledge of cluster middleware implementations (e.g. MPI, PGAS, MapReduce)
  • Knowledge or experience with in-network computing (for data reduction techniques etc)
  • Knowledge of the various different cluster and HPC network topologies and how they interact with different workloads
  • Experience or knowledge about integrating cluster runtimes with lightweight OS on cluster nodes
  • Experience in data science (machine learning, AI, statistics) or HPC (large-scale simulations) workloads
  • Experience or domain knowledge in the life sciences domain
  • Experience with FPGA platforms, e.g. Xilinx tools or digital design, e.g. VHDL/Verilog

How can we help?

The Leuven MindGate team is at your disposal for any questions about the Leuven Innovation Region. Do you want to invest, work or study in the region? We can help you find your way.

We also facilitate collaboration and innovation between companies, knowledge institutes and government within the Leuven Innovation Region, and we are happy to guide any of these stakeholders towards innovation.