University of Waterloo

  • Sharcnet Systems Administrator - Cyber Security

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    5470 - Office of Research
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $72,724 - $90,905
  • Overview

    Term: 1 year and 3 months


    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 – Cyber Security, based at the University of Waterloo. SHARCNET and Compute Canada provide advanced computing resources and services for researchers. This is a full-time position contingent on funding.


    This role is contingent on funding.


    Support and Administration of SHARCNET

    • Provides support and administration of SHARCNET computer systems, interconnections and software consistent with the requirements of the integrated SHARCNET infrastructure
    • Initiates preventative and corrective actions on systems and operational problems or potential problems independently and completing security incident reports as required
    • Monitors and maintains SHARCNET computational, storage, networking and security hardware
    • Installs OS revisions and security patches
    • Manages user accounts, identities and maintains user and system security and data integrity to ensure the efficient and secure operation of the computer systems


    • Completion of a university degree in computer-related field or equivalent education and experience
    • 3+ years of relevant experience
    • Experience in working with Linux/Unix systems preferably in a technical environment
    • Cyber security best practices, familiarity with tape backup solutions, parallel file systems, networking, cloud computing, parallel computing, development and maintenance of web-based information, and experience in the university research environment are strong assets
    • Strong skills scripting languages
    • Ability to resolve complex problems that may arise in operating a complex, multi-processor, parallel, Linux computing environment
    • Ability to adapt to current and future trends in the field
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, project management, and troubleshooting/problemsolving and analytical skills
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a cross-functional team in a dynamic and busy environment
    • Role may involve occasional travel
    • Role may involve some work outside regular business hours


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