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Systems Administrator IV

Company: Texas A&M University
Location: College Station
Posted on: August 1, 2020

Job Description:

Job TitleSystems Administrator IVAgencyTexas A&M UniversityDepartmentVice Pres For ResearchProposed Minimum SalaryCommensurateJob LocationCollege Station, TexasJob TypeStaffJob Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Who we are

The Division of Research supports one of the largest research universities in the United States and one of only seventeen universities to hold the triple designation as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university. We are committed to a truly comprehensive university where students, researchers, and inventors bring scholarship and innovation to bear for the benefit of the community, the state, and the nation. To learn more, visit https://vpr.tamu.edu/.

What we want

The Division of Research is seeking a Systems Administrator IV who will maintain a large and complex systems software development project; provide advanced technical support in developing, maintaining, installing, and using operating systems or subsystems; and provide strategic planning and technical guidance on major development projects. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a relevant science or engineering discipline requiring strong analytical and computational skills and experience with high performance computing (HPC) usage and system administration at a university or a national HPC center. We seek to hire a team player who will promote collaboration and cooperation while working within a team.The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If this is you, we invite you to apply to become a member of our team.

What you need to know

Due to the job responsibilities involved in this position, the candidate must be a U.S. person as defined by U.S. export control regulations. Additionally, the candidate must be able to lift light to moderate weight server and storage equipment or operate a lift for heavier equipment.

Compensation will be commensurate to selected hire's experience. Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor). You may upload this information as one document under CV/Resume.

COVID-19 information: Texas A&M University monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. Each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible. Departments will provide the procedures to be followed at each step of the recruiting process.

Required Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree in applicable field or any equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Eight years of systems administration experience

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications
    • Knowledge of IT architecture, application of systems theory, advanced negotiation skills, enterprise-level operations, multi-team leadership and coordination, advanced project management, sourcing, advanced vendor relations, advanced business acumen, change management, and knowledge of the IT industry
    • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
    • Knowledge of HPC architectures of cache-coherent Symmetric Multi-Processors (SMPs) and clusters and their interconnects; HPC mass storage technologies; OS organization and design; host-based and network security; parallelization and code optimization issues; programing in one or more UNIX scripting languages, and in one or more of C/C++, Java, and/or Fortran.
    • HPC cluster and server UNIX/Linux system administration skills

      Other Requirements:

      • Must be U.S. Person as defined by U.S. export control regulations
      • Ability to lift light to moderate weight server and storage equipment or operate a lift for heavier equipment

        Preferred Education and Experience:

        • Ph.D. in relevant science or engineering discipline requiring strong analytical and computational skills
        • Experience with HPC usage and system administration at universities and other national HPC centers
        • Two years' experience utilizing HPC architectures of cache-coherent symmetric multi-processors and clusters and their interconnects; HPC mass storage technologies; OS organization and design; host-based and network security; parallelization and code optimization issues; programming in one or more scripting languages and in one or more of C/C++, Java, or Fortran; two years' experience in administration of HPC cluster and server UNIX/Linux systems; and experience in evaluating and benchmarking cluster architectures and their key subsystems including mass storage, interconnect, processor technology.
        • One year experience in utilizing cloud resources for HPC and research computing

          Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

          • Ability to cultivate and maintain professional working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds
          • Knowledge of resource management systems such as LSF, PBS and SLURM
          • Knowledge of distributed parallel filesystems such as IBM Spectrum Scale, Lustre, and BeeGFS
          • Ability to evaluate and benchmark cluster architectures and their key subsystems (e.g., mass storage, interconnect, processor technology)

            Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

            • Linux/UNIX certifications related to systems administration

              Responsibilities:

              • System Administration -Installs, tunes, applies patches, and upgrades UNIX/Linux operating systems in a HPC environment. Installs and applies firmware patches and upgrades to all components. Coordinates with vendors to manage the installation, integration, and maintenance of both critical and non-critical software and hardware. Repairs hardware and subsystems or works with vendor field engineers to resolve hardware or subsystem problems.


                • Systems Analyst - Analyzes and monitors HPC system performance. Documents and/or coordinates the development and use of software support structures for the collection and tracking of HPC system utilization statistics. Documents and/or coordinates all changes to hardware and systems software. Participates in the development and implementation, at all levels, of security measures and disaster recovery procedures.


                  • Technologist -Provides technical leadership and/or oversight for enterprise-wide projects or operation. Participates in the strategic planning toward enhancing the University's HPC infrastructure. Leads or provides technical oversight in the evaluation of new HPC technologies (e.g., processor, mass storage, interconnect, cloud resources), identifies, and recommends cost-effective combinations of these as future acquisitions in order to meet the University's research missions. Assists in the procurement and purchase process of other hardware and software. Assists in the development of designs for specialized HPC computing clouds. Performs other duties as assigned.

                    Special Instructions: A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor) are strongly recommended. You may upload all three on the application under CV/Resume or upon answering the questionnaire you may attach the documents.

                    Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University and TAMHSC, must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

                    All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

                    Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.Apply now

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