System Engineer

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Created: November 5, 2014


National Center for Supercomputing Applications

System Engineer

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) advances discovery and innovation through extreme-scale computing, science-enabling software, and the skills of our expert staff. The center is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign--a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement—and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life.

NCSA has one or more System Engineer positions open within our Advanced Digital Services Division. The System Engineer provides key hardware and software support functions for some of the most powerful and advanced computing and data systems in the world. This position may work on projects including the Blue Waters Petascale system that is one of the world’s largest and most powerful scientific resources, the Innovative Systems Laboratory exploring the next generation of computing hardware and software, the Illinois Campus Cluster Program providing scientific computing to the University of Illinois community, the NCSA Private Sector Program enabling leading-edge computing for industry and more future projects.

Core Responsibilities:

    Installs, configures, tests, and updates high performance computing and communication hardware and software systems into the NCSA computing environment, coordinating with vendors as applicable. Document and report problems to vendors as well as to internal databases and logs.
    Maintains documentation on system capabilities, installed software, optimal use of the system and equipment, for internal group use, for operations staff and for end-users.  Works with documentation staff to provide material for production of user documentation.  Trains other staff and consultants on support of new capabilities and services.
    Monitors status and use of resources (systems, networks, disk, memory, as applicable) and adjusts configurations and/or designs and implements system enhancements to achieve optimal use of resources and/or user performance and analyzes and resolves system problems of functional, security and performance.
    Keep current on skills, knowledge and best practices for HPC system management by researching on-line, with periodicals or by means of attending lectures or conferences.
    Provide on-call and off-hours support as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

    BA/BS degree in engineering, computer science, or related field.  Alternative degree fields will be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA projects and technologies)
    Training and experience in the management and support of technologies such as UNIX and Linux system administration.
    One or more years’ experience developing and utilizing bash, perl, python, etc scripting languages to automate system and user tasks.
    Programming experience in one or more of the following languages/systems:  C, C++, Fortran, Java.

Preferred Experience:

    Developing and presenting technical training material and web-based technical documentation
    Experience with networked environments and a wide variety of software and hardware.
    Experience with high-performance computing environments
    Experience with the use of accelerators, such as GPUs, in high-performance computing environments
    Experience configuring and tuning workload management software such as Torque and Moab.
    Experience with monitoring tools such as Nagios or Ganglia.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews and hires may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your CV/resume by the close date (1/12/15). Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters maybe also be uploaded or sent to the contact below).  For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (

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Supercomputing Applications
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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
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