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University Of Vermont Senior Systems Administrator in Burlington, Vermont

Advertising/Posting Title Senior Systems Administrator

Diversity Statement The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Posting Summary

Provide expert support for the Vermont Advanced Computing Center’s ( VACC ) cluster services which includes three high performance computing ( HPC ) research clusters, including multi-thousand core “big compute” resources and GPU -focused resources, and large-scale filesystems with over 1 petabyte of IBM Spectrum Scale ( GPFS ) storage and advanced networking systems.

In collaboration with others in the Systems Architecture & Administration department, oversee hardware and software components of the VACC . Provide senior level technical expertise to ensure the smooth, reliable, and performant operation of the VACC’s large-scale computing, storage, and networking systems. Ensure security of primary research computing cluster on campus. Build, configure, and run the VACC’s computing services, in collaboration with other system administrators and facilitators, to meet UVM’s commitment to investments in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ( STEM ) in support of faculty needs for state-of-the-art computing resources. Help researchers start using the cluster, explaining basic usage, and improving system documentation. Provide troubleshooting and performance debugging. Support research software which is new, unfamiliar and/or still under development. Assess faculty needs, helping adjust the VACC compute resources to better meet their needs. Work on software improvements to make the cluster easier to access for new researchers, and academic use of the cluster will also be facilitated. Thoroughly document procedures and details about systems built and maintained. Scripting, for both for cluster administration and for helping users take advantage of the VACC cluster, is critical in protecting services for hundreds of users and multi-million dollar research commitments.

Minimum Qualifications (or equivalent combination of education and experience)

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or technology-related field and four to five years of systems administration experience in a large-scale complex server environment required. Thorough knowledge of Linux operating systems, network architecture and Linux shell scripting required. Effective troubleshooting skills required. Effective customer service ethic, communication skills and collaborative teamwork required. Demonstrated experience deploying effective research computing systems required. Experience with system and network debugging required. Configuration management experience required.

Desirable Qualifications

Experience with HPC technologies such as Slurm, parallel computing, MPI programming, and CUDA desirable. Low latency networking experience (e.g., Infiniband) desirable. Open OnDemand, Jupyter Notebook and supporting technologies experience desirable. Clustered filesystem expertise (e.g., GPFS ) desirable. Expertise with at least one systems programming language (C, Python, Perl, Rust) desirable. Experience compiling, installing and running open-source software desirable.

Other Information

  • External candidates must complete a 6-month probationary period

  • Occasional extended /weekend hours required

    Special Conditions Bargaining unit position, A probationary period may be required, A probationary period may be required for current UVM employees

    FLSA Exempt

    Hiring Min (Represents full-time (12 months, 1.0 FTE) equivalent salary. Must be prorated for jobs less than 12 months or 1.0FTE (Salary/12 x # of months x FTE)) 60870.00

    Payband Max (Represents full-time (12 months, 1.0 FTE) equivalent salary. Must be prorated for jobs less than 12 months or 1.0FTE (Salary/12 x # of months x FTE)) 115660.00

    Staff Hiring Band Hiring salary budgeted at mid to high end of pay band

    Staff Union Code NU

    Job Open Date 07/02/2021

    Job Close Date (Jobs close at 11:59 PM EST.)

    Open Until Filled No

    Position Title Information Tech Professnl Sr

    Posting Number S2926PO

    Department VT Advanced Computing Ctr/30660

    Position Number 00025602

    Employee FTE 1.0

    Employee Term 12

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