BRC is recruiting: Research Computing Support internships and Domain Consultant position

August 25, 2017

It’s the start of Fall semester, and the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) Program is recruiting for undergraduate and graduate student positions!

Research Computing Support (undergraduate internships)

First, BRC is seeking multiple Research Computing Support interns. The positions are open to UC Berkeley undergraduate students in any year and any major, with expected graduation between May 2018 - May 2022. Here’s the job description:

Berkeley Research Computing is seeking undergraduate students who are excited about having an impact on the research mission of the university. Research computing support interns will provide direct support to campus researchers who need help building software for various compute environments, debugging build dependencies, and learning to re-engineer informal recipes or scripts into more robust build scripts or devops-based deployment approaches. Additional opportunities for students with the right skills and motivation include Jupyterhub notebook development and modification, reviewing and testing documentation for researchers, and evaluation and testing of cloud-based computing and data solutions. 

Familiarity with and enthusiasm for the core concepts of computing and data wrangling are required. Basic Linux/Mac command line experience, and strong written and communication skills are also required. Students should be familiar with Linux and Windows environments, comfortable working independently and as part of a team, and show curiosity and initiative.

This position will give students experience working with campus researchers, and will familiarize them with the tools used to support research computing and data wrangling. Working with a team of professional systems administrators and developers, students will also acquire professional engineering skills.

Interns are expected to work around 10 hours/week during the academic year, with the possibility of a full-time position that will tackle significant projects during summer 2018.

Work-study is available, but not required.

Interested undergrads can apply via Handshake or by sending a resume and cover letter via e-mail to

BRC Domain Consultant

The Domain Consultant role is one that BRC has incorporated in its research support for several years “to extend the reach and impact of campus and national research computing infrastructure in support of the research conducted by faculty and students at UC Berkeley” (as excerpted from the Domain Consultant job description). BRC Domain Consultants “serve as a first point of contact for faculty, postdocs, grad students, and research staff to understand their research and facilitate access to computing resources that might best support their research” and “learn about and support the myriad research projects happening across all of campus – not just within their own departments.

Domain consultants have been drawn from a range of academic domains, including statistics, nuclear engineering, computational genomics, chemistry, and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM). Domain consultants are typically graduate students who are able to devote 8-10 hours a week to BRC consultation, documentation, and training activities. This is an hourly position, and does not include fee remission.
The full job description is available on Handshake. If you’re interested, please review the description at and apply via Handshake; you can also apply by e-mailing your cover letter and CV to