University of Waterloo

SHARCNET Systems Administrator – Networking Specialist

Requisition ID 2022-8532
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$75,781 - $94,726
Job Category
Job Location : Location


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 The Alliance, offers a challenging opportunity for a Systems Administrator – Networking, based at the University of Waterloo. SHARCNET and The Alliance provide advanced computing resources and services for researchers. This is a full-time position contingent on funding.


This position is contingent on funding.


  • Support and Administration of SHARCNET
  • Provides support and administration of SHARCNET computer systems, interconnections and software with a focus on the networking 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
  • Networking best practices, familiarity with tape backup solutions, parallel file systems, cyber security, 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
  • Occasional travel, daily work in machine rooms, and some work outside regular business hours

Vaccination Requirement Statement

Effective May 1, 2022, the University suspended its Vaccination Requirement. Prior to May 1, pursuant to this Requirement, all University employees were required to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (subject to the University’s obligations under the Human Rights Code to accommodate employees who were unable to receive a vaccination). The University’s Vaccination Requirement website can be found here:


The pandemic is ongoing and public health advice continues to evolve. Accordingly, the University reserves the absolute right to reinstate the Vaccination Requirement on short notice, and upon such reinstatement you will be required to comply. You shall also be required to comply with any new health and safety policies/requirements implemented by the University from time to time, including new policies/requirements related to mandatory employee vaccination. As the University may need to reinstate the Requirement on short notice, it will continue to collect and maintain up-to-date information on employee vaccination status. Please submit your Covid-19 vaccine status (QR code) to:


Failure to comply with the Vaccination Requirement if it is reinstated, including failure to comply with any future amendments to the Vaccination Requirement, or failure to comply with new health and safety policies/requirements implemented by the University, including those related to new mandatory employee vaccination, shall result in discipline up to and including termination of employment.


The requirement to be vaccinated, if reinstated, will be subject to the duty to accommodate pursuant to the Human Rights Code. If you are unable to be vaccinated for reasons related to a ground protected under the Human Rights Code, you may submit a written request for accommodation with an explanation of the reasons and/or any supporting documentation. If you request accommodation, the University may follow up with you for further information if necessary.

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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