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UW-IT is the central IT organization for the University of Washington, providing critical technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers and global research operations. UW-IT collaborates with University partners to advance teaching, learning, innovation and discovery at the UW. Research Computing within UW-IT, assists UW researchers in understanding, selecting and using appropriate resources for their large-scale compute, data analysis and backup/archive needs. This includes both High Performance Computing, using an on-campus supercomputer and access to national supercomputing resources, as well as support to UW researchers, faculty and technical staff to evaluate and migrate to cloud computing, including help with the design of cloud-based solutions appropriate for data-intensive science.
The Research Computing group within the university’s central IT department designs, implements, and operates Linux based High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters, high performance parallel file systems storage, as well as provides research computing consultation and support to campus customers.
UW-IT has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Systems Engineer.
This position focuses on supporting HPC efforts for the research computing group, while providing expertise and support to other endeavors when needed. This position requires a team-oriented professional, experienced in managing large IT systems for research using automated and software-defined approaches. This position regularly interfaces with other UW-IT teams as well as research customers across campus.
Expertise in process automation, software development, Linux system administration, attention to detail, eagerness to evaluate and push new technologies, an optimistic “can do” disposition, collaborative growth mindset, and a customer-centric perspective are all key for success in this role.
Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, information technology, scientific, engineering, or related field or experience.
4 years’ experience in Linux system administration.
General networking hardware, software, protocols, and concepts.
Source control with Git in codebases with multiple contributors.
Coding in programming and scripting languages, especially BASH and Python.
Compiling and packaging complex software packages for different environments.
Administration of cloud environments such as GCP/AWS/Azure.
Configuration and administration of SLURM or other HPC scheduler (Moab, TORQUE, PBS, SGE/UGE, etc).
Administration, tuning, and troubleshooting of parallel file systems such as IBM Spectrum Scale/GPFS, Lustre, BeeGFS, etc.
Experience in a data center environment (e.g., racking equipment, running cables, labeling, asset tracking).
Deployment tools such as MAAS, Foreman, xCAT, or ROCKS.
Configuration management tools such as Ansible, SaltStack, or Puppet.
Management of high-performance networks such as Infiniband or Omni-Path.
Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.
Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision, both independently and as part of a team.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Scientific background or research experience a plus.
Experience in a university research setting preferred.
Use of Kubernetes to orchestrate services and administration of a Kubernetes cluster.
Creation of Docker or Singularity containers.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Requires monitoring of e-mail and trouble ticket system for questions needing immediate response during business hours.
On-call responsibilities for after-hours system outages.
Server management will include both production (24x7x365) and development systems.
This is an essential position is required to report to work remotely when the University suspends operations.
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