[Beowulf] HPC Position available in Durham, NC

Sean Dilda sean at duke.edu
Wed Jun 18 07:37:31 PDT 2008

(I'm resending this as the first version had an html attachment that was 
too big for this list)

If there are any experience HPC Sysadmins in the Raleigh-Durham area or 
looking to move to it, please take a look at this job posting.  We're 
stepping up our HPC and Research Computing efforts and are looking for 
an extra Systems Administrator to help with the extra load.

If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to 
contact me off-list.



*If you are interested in this position, please apply on-line at 
http://www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/external.html and use 400214967 in the 
requisition number field.

                   POSITION AVAILABLE

POSITION TITLE:          Analyst, IT (High Performance Computing)

JOB CODE:                2423

JOB BAND / LEVEL:        C

JOB FAMILY:              08 (Information Technology)

WORK SCHEDULE:           Normal hours worked

DEPARTMENT CONTACT:      Stephen Galla (galla at duke.edu)


High Performance Computing is an important component of shared services 
provided by Duke’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). Work in this 
position involves planning, implementing, and supporting Duke’s Shared 
Cluster Resource (DSCR) and other high performance computing 
environments in support of research computing. The DSCR is a High 
Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) designed for parallel and 
single-threaded jobs.  The DSCR runs Linux and Sun Grid Engine (batch 
scheduler). This position reports to the Sr. Manager of Collaborative 
Systems and will work closely with OIT’s management, systems 
administrators and researchers to provide operational support of high 
performance computing.

A working knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or CentOS is 
required. Familiarity with programming languages (including Shell, Perl, 
Java, PHP, and Ruby) is preferred.


·        Administration of Duke’s Shared Cluster Resource (DSCR) and 
other high performance computing environments.

·        Interfacing with peer administrators supporting Linux based 

·        Interfacing with researchers to plan and implement 
participation within the cluster.

·        Proactively initiate measures to ensure operational 
availability and performance of the DSCR.

·        Respond, troubleshoot, resolve and document system incidents.

·        Maintain monitoring, logging, backup and restoration of the 
DSCR infrastructure.


·        Ability to work within a team in a demanding, fast-paced 

·        Must have good planning and organizational skills, strong 
verbal and written communication skills.

·        Highly motivated individual able to drive projects to completion.

·        Ability to handle multiple concurrent activities and have a 
flexible, positive attitude.

·        Demonstrated ability to track, organize, prioritize and execute 
project and operational workloads.
·        Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.


The most qualified candidates will exhibit demonstrated ability or 
experience in the following areas.

·        Solid working knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or 
CentOS, networking and account management.

·        Experience packaging, installing and supporting 3rd party 

·        Experience with scripting and programming languages (Shell, 
Perl, Java, PHP, and Ruby).

·        Experience with kick start and the management of a large number 
of systems.

·        Experience with NFS and NIS.

·        Experience with NetApp filers.

·        Ability to write end-user documentation for non-technical staff.

·        Experience developing project plans and time estimates.

·        Proven design and debugging skills.

·        Familiarity with SGE (Sun Grid Engine) and other distributed 
computing tools.



·        Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience to 
a BA or BS in Math or Computer Science or related field.

DATE OF POSTING:                                         June 17, 2008
Pos#: 50468910
Req#: 400214967

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