University of Waterloo

  • Sharcnet Systems Administrator

    Requisition ID
    2018-3468
    Job Category
    IT
    Department
    5470 - Office of Research
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $70,663 - $88,329
  • Overview

    This position is part of the technical team that manages all aspects of the SHARCNET distributed high performance computing: hardware, software and networking infrastructure. The technical team is responsible for ensuring the ongoing operation and effective use of SHARCNET resources and participates in planning for new systems and services.

     

    SHARCNET, a partner organization in Compute Canada, offers a challenging opportunity for a Systems Administrator, based at the University of Waterloo. SHARCNET and Compute Canada provide advanced computing resources and services for researchers.

     

    System Administrators provide support and administration of SHARCNET computer systems, interconnections and scheduling software consistent with the requirements of the integrated SHARCNET infrastructure. These activities include monitoring and maintaining hardware, installing OS revisions and patches, managing user accounts and maintaining security and data integrity; the system administrator is responsible for ensuring the efficient operation of the computer systems, and scheduling of programs; for initiating preventative and corrective actions on systems and operational problems or potential problems independently as required. The incumbent must be able to resolve complex problems that may arise in operating a complex, multi-processor, parallel, Linux computing environment.

     

    Applicants should possess a university degree or equivalent, have three years of relevant experience in working with Linux/Unix systems preferably in a technical environment, have strong skills scripting languages and have good written and oral skills. Familiarity with Fortran90, parallel computing, development and maintenance of web-based information and experience of the university research environment are assets.

     

    This position is contingent on funding.

    Responsibilities

    • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining SHARCNET hardware, installing OS revisions and patches, managing user accounts and maintaining security and data integrity to ensure the efficient operation of the computer systems, and scheduling of programs
    • Responsible for initiating preventative and corrective actions on systems and operational problems or potential problems independently as required
    • Responsible for performing all of the above activities within a complex, multi-processor, parallel, Linux computing environment

    Qualifications

    • Applicants should possess a university degree in computer-related field or equivalent education and experience
    • Applicants should have minimum three years of relevant experience
    • Applicants should have experience in working with Linux/Unix systems preferably in a technical environment, have strong skills scripting languages and have good written and oral communication skills
    • Familiarity with tape backup solutions, parallel file systems, networking, cloud computing, security best practices, and experience in the university research environment are strong assets
    • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, project management, and troubleshooting/problem-solving and analytical skills
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a cross-functional team in a dynamic and busy environment
    • Commitment to maintain currency in field
    • Some work outside regular business hours
    • This role is office-based with occasional travel

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