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POSTED: December 18, 2019

Senior High Performance Computing (HPC) System Administrator

Tracy-Ann Bain |
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
Full time
Technical (Programmer, Developer, Analyst)

The Research Computing (RC) team at Northeastern University (NU) seeks a motivated, self-starting individual to be a member of our dynamic team as a Senior HPC Systems Administrator. The successful candidate will help lead the administration, development, and expansion of both the Discovery cluster, as well as the full RC environment (VMs, storage, software, etc), within the RC team.

As the Senior HPC Systems Administrator, your primary objective will be to monitor, maintain, secure, develop, and promote RC systems and solutions for faculty research and teaching. You will assist research groups in taking full advantage of Discovery, NU’s 1,000+ node HPC cluster installed at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. You will work closely with the RC team to develop a long-term strategy for the NU research enterprise, with a focus on minimizing risk and maximizing efficient utilization. In addition, you will help ensure researchers needs are met, and develop new and novel solutions to support research and teaching, as they pertain to RC systems and solutions.

Information Technology Services (ITS) is a partner in the advancement of teaching, learning, and research at Northeastern University. We forge pathways to academic and professional successes through secure, collaborative solutions that propel innovation on individual, institutional, and global levels. As a member of our team, you will be part of exciting technology initiatives not found at other universities. Learn more about our culture, benefits, and how you can bring digital learning to life with us.

A bachelor’s degree in a computational field with Linux systems experience, or 5 years of professional experience in Linux system administration. Minimum 5 years Unix/Linux system administration. Minimum 5 years managing an HPC environment. Demonstrated experience in scripting and coding: bash, python, ruby, C/C++. Experience with large scale (multiple PBs) parallel filesystems (GPFS, Lustre, etc). Experience configuring and managing batch schedulers, specifically Slurm. Experience with common HPC software stacks and management tools. Knowledge of standard networking, security practices, and user management in a large computing environment.
A bachelor’s degree in a computational field
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