HPC Senior Systems Administrator

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19001667 Requisition #
Advertising Posted on 2/28 – 4/21/2019
Position # 00224767
Sr. Systems Administrator – PIF3
Pay level 5B
100% FTE – Professional & Scientific classification
Department: Research Services - Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services, a service organization that provides technology support for the University of Iowa campus, is seeking a High Performance Computing (HPC) Sr. Systems Administrator to join its Advanced Computing Systems group for support of research computing systems under the direction of the Associate Director of Research Services.

• Are you excited to work with new technologies in a dynamic and collaborative environment?
• Does enabling high impact research for the benefit of the global community energize you?
• Do you love sharing your skills and expertise with young professionals as well as collaborating as part of a larger technical community?

This position will work with the team and with guidance and mentorship from the HPC Architect and Associate Director for Research Services to design, implement, and provide systems administration support for High Performance Computing systems offered by Information Technology Services. HPC systems support includes technologies such as:
• Puppet
• Warewulf
• Sun Grid Engine
• MPI
• OmniPath and InfiniBand
• Nvidia Graphics Accelerators

The position will represent ITS and Research Services in partnerships with campus academic departments and other OneIT groups. This will require understanding and cooperation with other campus staff to identify, implement, and innovate the best shared or centrally hosted solutions and processes that minimize campus duplication.

This employer will not sponsor applicants for the posted position under the following work visas: H1B, H1B1 Chile/Singapore, L1A, L1B or O1A.

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Development of software and hardware requirements. Develop recommendations on organizational support procedures, guidelines, and policies
• Works with Sr. HPC Architect to manage, design, and deploy new and existing HPC services.
• Participate in creating awareness within the organization of specific changes in hardware and software
• Explores new areas to enhance system capabilities
• Oversee configurations, security, and backups for many systems. Support integration across disparate systems. Write programs in support of the above duties.
• Works with Scientific Software Packaging Lead to:
o Test and recommends viable software in order to solve researcher’s problems.
o Analyze and work with Scientific Software Packaging lead to resolve issues relating to software compatibility, usage, or bugs.
o Performs system upgrades and maintenance to maintain system integrity
o Explores new options regarding system capabilities.
• Works with HPC architect and RS Campus Engagement team develop and administer user and system software for equitable system usage
Education Requirement:
A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.

Required Qualifications:
• Experience (typically 5-7 years) supporting a medium to large (250+ users or equivalent) heterogeneous environment of Linux/Unix systems administration and/or systems programming, including design and deployment
• Experience designing and supporting complex systems and ability to explain process, deliverables, and best practices for performance
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with technical and non-technical staff
• Extensive experience in securing systems.
• Extensive experience in developing or managing programmatic solutions in a heterogeneous environment
• Extensive experience with scripting languages (such as bash, ruby, python).
• Extensive experience supporting open source software
• Ability to guide and effectively work with student employees
• Experience supporting technology in a research setting

Desired Qualifications:
• Knowledge and experience in designing and operating multi-user HPC systems (highly desirable)
• Experience writing puppet manifests/managing complex system deployments with puppet.
• Experience supporting High Speed Fabric technology (such as InfiniBand or Omnipath)
• Experience with accelerated computing hardware and software (such as Nvidia GPUs and CUDA) strongly preferred.
• Knowledge of Linux provisioning frameworks (ex: Warewulf, Rocks, xCat)
• Knowledge of queueing systems and resource managers (such as SGE, Slurm, etc).
• Knowledge of data analytics and/or artificial intelligence workflows
• Experience with container technology (such as singularity, docker, etc)
• Experience with advanced filesystems (e.g. ZFS, GPFS, CEPH) or network attached storage
• Knowledge and experience with building and supporting scientific software on HPC systems.

Additional Information:
Please attach a cover letter and your resume as part of the relevant submission materials. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential verification.
For questions or additional information, please contact Kim Kuebrich Yordi at kim-yordi@uiowa.edu

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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