System Administrator


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

The University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute is looking to expand its High Performance Computing (HPC) operations staff, and we seek to hire a person with a system administration background to join a dynamic group that provides support for researchers in a variety of fields in scientific computation.

The Institute currently supports approximately 600 different groups with over 3000 active users spanning the sciences, engineering, life sciences, medicine, and social sciences.

We operate a variety of HPC platforms, including three large commodity based clusters, and a large shared memory resource. We are currently in the deployment phase of a new system in the petascale range.

We seek to expand the range of HPC services that we provide in non-traditional fields such as the life sciences and medicine, including support for Big Data services that require the storage and processing of very large data sets (genomics, proteomics, and high resolution imaging).

The successful candidate for this position will join a dynamic and advanced infrastructure operations team which leverages the latest technologies in the field of high performance computing.  

Required Qualifications:

BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field, or 4 years of work experience with a non-related degree.

Proven ability to accomplish tasks with accuracy and work independently.

Minimum of three years of full time experience in a system administration environment (Linux or Windows) in a distributed computing environment.

A minimum of one year experience with the linux operating system (Debian, CentOS or RHEL).

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize tasks, and complete assigned projects with minimal supervision.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Must be able to begin employment within 6 weeks of offer.

Desired Qualifications:

A minimum of one year experience in managing a virtualized environment (e.g. VMware, Citrix, OpenStack)

Experience with operating system deployment tools (e.g.: cobbler, puppet, kickstart, etc).

Experience providing scientific software for users, e.g. configuring, installing, tuning and maintaining such software.

Experience with bash, tcsh/csh, perl and/or python

Ability to develop and maintain administrative scripts/programs.

Experience configuring, installing, maintaining and/or using debugging, performance monitoring, and optimization tools. 

Salary range 55K-85K DOQ

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