Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.
Boston College seeks a High Performance Computer (HPC) Systems Administrator to work closely with the Boston College Information Technology team and Research Services team to support the University's high performance computing clusters, connected storage and network operations. The HPC Systems are critical to researchers and users (faculty, student, staff) and are maintained with the highest level of expertise.
Skills: HPC - Manage multi-vendor filesystems such as XFS and GPFS including upgrades, patching, space management, GPFS cluster management, diagnostics - Manage workload schedulers torque and slurm including upgrades, patches, diagnostics, user resource consumption and configuration - Manage Bright cluster management software including creating and maintaining images, managing job schedules and upgrades/patching - Installation and configuration of hardware, operating systems, and commercial software packages managing user accounts, tuning system performance, installing system wide software and allocate mass storage space
Systems Administration: - Advanced RHEL systems administration including hardware set up, upgrades, patching - Remediation of vulnerabilities - Performance tuning and server hardening - Disk space management - Diagnostics (slowness, nodes down, etc)
Job Responsibilities: - Installation, configuration, fine-tuning, and troubleshooting multi-vendor Linux HPC servers - Building and deploying open source software and software from vendors/partners - Diagnosing and resolving system operational problems quickly and effectively - Verifying full operation of systems including network, systems and storage performance - Configuration of the scheduling and queuing system - Troubleshoot and maintain Infiniband and ethernet networks - Understands, maintains, supports high performance parallel storage system - Assists users/research team running applications on the HPC cluster - Manage, maintain, monitor and control interactive and batch processes (scheduled and unscheduled)
Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following titles and hiring ranges:
Senior Systems Administrator (Minimum of five years of experience): Hiring range up to 116k Systems Administrator (Minimum of three years of experience): Hiring range up to 95k Associate Systems Administrator (Minimum of two years of experience): Hiring range up to 82k
- Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field. - Expert knowledge of HPC server hardware including HP, Dell - Expert knowledge of CentOS and Red Hat - Expert knowledge of related parallel distributed file system like IBM GPFS - Advanced knowledge of cluster storage systems including Isilon - Advanced knowledge of the Linux Operating system such as: kernel compiles and driver installs, boot up command line options, selinux, rpm, yum - Advanced level of proficiency with NIS, NFS, autofs, TCP/IP, Infiniband Networking, Linux network configuration, local storage, lm_sensors, ipmi required - Intermediate knowledge of HPC resource Managers such as PBS, Torque and Moab - Intermediate level of knowledge with Bash, Perl, PHP, Python, awk, sed, grep, HTML - Intermediate skill with scripting tools and leveraging solutions - Experience with open source projects and compiling software from source. - Ability to provide day-to-day 24 x 7 and participate in on-call rotation - Must be able to lift and move 40lbs
- Experience working with containers (docker, singularity, podman, kubernetes) a plus - Experience in working with Git and supporting CI/CD pipelines a plus
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity.
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.