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HPC Systems Engineer 3 Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75264
  • Pay Grade: P12
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Principal
  • Family: Information Technology
  • Function: IT Systems

Purpose

This position will provide support for the campus research community in the area of high performance computing.  The position is responsible for server administration, evaluation, planning, configuration, installing, deployment, tuning and troubleshooting multiple large scale clustered / highly available HPC environments located in Boise and within the Collaborative Computing Center (C3) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, ID.  Occasional travel to INL in Idaho Falls for equipment maintenance and refreshes is required. On-call rotations may be required.

Level Scope

Recognized master in professional discipline with significant impact and influence on campus policy and program development. Establishes critical strategic and operational goals; develops and implements new products, processes, standards or operational plans to achieve strategies. Regularly leads projects of critical importance to the campus; these projects carry substantial consequences of success or failure. Requires significant influence and communication with executive leadership. Problems faced are frequently complex and multidimensional, requiring broad based consideration of variables that impact multiple areas of the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent plus 8 years experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • High technical skills in the construction and operations of High Performance Computing Cluster servers.
  • High technical skills including knowledge of cluster management software and administrative processes. Ability to deeply understand application functionality and technical documentation required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong ability to effectively work on and prioritize concurrent projects.
  • High ability to perform basic Unix/Linux system administration and proficiency in a high level programming language such as C and C++.
  • Strong ability to develop customized scripts/procedures for routine administration tasks.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the HPC Systems Engineer 3 must:

  • Manages and administers production systems used by researchers and Research Centers.
  • Provides technical leadership/project management for system configuration, implementation, management and user support for both new and existing systems.
  • Researches and recommends new functionality for HPC management and administration tools by exploring system-wide impacts, working with functional users to define current and future processes.
  • Works with scientific support specialists and assigns tasks and provides oversight as appropriate to HPC engineering team to support scientific researchers who use a broad spectrum of applications from diverse fields.
  •  Analyzes results of server monitoring and implements changes to improve performance, processing and utilization.
  • Proposes, maintains and enforces policies, practices and security procedures.
  •  Provides break/fix support, setup/installation support, escalation support, and solutions support.
  • Collaborate closely with a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external, on all aspects of projects.

35% of Time the HPC Systems Engineer 3

Sample Text: Determined by department needs

5% of Time the HPC Systems Engineer 3

Sample Text: Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and requiring wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

May be required to travel to various locations on and off campus, possibly with overnight stays, for work, training or conferences.

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.

Disclaimer

Incumbents must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.