Systems Admn- GMU

HPC Systems Administrator 

The George Mason University Office of Research Computing invites highly qualified candidates to apply for the post of High-Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Administrator position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Office of Research Computing supports the research cyberinfrastructure needs of the university’s research and education community. Reporting to both the Vice President for Information Technology and the Vice President for Research, the office provides support for cutting-edge research technology infrastructure and activities, serving as a primary contact for research customers, coordinating the activities of research technologists and the adoption of research technologies (including software), fostering self-help communities, and maintaining a sustainable research lab support model.

The Systems Administrator will support the Office of Research Computing (ORC) infrastructure and provide hardware, software and end-user administration and support to a diverse group of end users that need access to the Office of Research Computing resources. Duties include the following:

  • Administer and support large Linux environments (Red Hat/CentOS) including HPC cluster;
  • Administer and support the new storage solutions, which includes OS installation and configuration, application installation, performance monitoring and tuning, account provisioning and general troubleshooting;
  • Administer and support the Scality storage system;
  • Assist with management, tuning, and support of storage systems, including InfiniBand, network file system (NSF), object storage, network switches and routers within computation environment;
  • Assist with installs, configuration and test applications for faculty on HPC environments;
  • Work with other systems administrators to ensure that knowledge transfer takes place for the purpose of having cross-trained and/or backup administrators and maintains skills by reading technical manuals and attending training education courses when possible;
  • Provide input and suggestions on computational computing infrastructure, cluster design or as yet to be implemented technologies; and
  • Frequent contact with users, departments, vendors and other universities for the purpose of sharing information.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience in Linux systems administration in a multi-user environment;
  • Experience with network-based services;
  • Experience with virtualization technologies and concepts;
  • Fluency in one or more programming and/or scripting languages; and
  • Must be able to qualify for lawful access to technical data and items that are subject to United States export control laws and regulations.

Highly Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with cluster resource managers and schedulers; and
  • Experience in high-performance computer interconnects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with configuration of HPC software stack, including MPI, OpenMP, Intel and GNU compilers, Math libraries and Python;
  • Experience with open source software compilation and Apache administration;
  • Knowledge of configuration management and monitoring tools for clusters;
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP networking and related protocols;
  • Experience analyzing computer event logs and network traces; and
  • Experience with MySQL or MariaDB database programming.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02731z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.




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