High Performance Computing System Administrator 1 or 2

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Information Technology


Under the supervision of a designated team leader, the HPC Systems Administrator will provide complex technical support including installation, monitoring, troubleshooting, and problem-solving in support of the University’s high performance computing environment.

This position will provide domain competency and technical support in system administration; confers with technical leadership in research, evaluation, and identification of technology solutions.


  • Ensure system compliance with the University's secure research infrastructure standards.
  • NIST SP 800-171 Red Hat Linux environment.
  • Ensure stable performance for the storage and compute environments through performance monitoring and tuning.
  • Assist Project Managers, application admins, and technical staff in all aspects of daily work.
  • Create and maintain documentation about technical and usage procedures and methodologies.
  • Participate effectively as a team member on technical projects.
  • Consult with and support the needs of researchers.
  • Support a production environment during defined maintenance periods as well as outside of normal working hours to ensure minimal impact to users.
  • Develop written requirements for all systems and subsystems, coordinates education, user documentation, and the handling of day-to-day problems.
  • Assist with establishing and maintaining a change control procedure for user requirements including documentation updates.
  • Establishes and monitors all aspects of interfaces with other systems and subsystems; works closely with other systems administrators on all matters involving the integration of systems.
  • Assist with establishing equipment, personnel, and training requirements for users and potential users of the systems.
  • Develops user system security, and monitors and oversees user security administration.
  • Recommends decisions to Team Lead regarding conflicts among users.
  • Assists in developing test and parallel procedures; participates in paralleling and determines when functions are ready for production.
  • Documents procedures required for end user and administrative use of the systems.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Associate's degree and four years of experience; or a Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience; or six years of related experience.
  • Basic knowledge of the Linux operating system. 
  • Familiarity with Bash shell.
  • Understanding of performance tuning and capacity management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven presentation skills.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Capable of meeting deadlines and working under pressure. 
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for System Administrator 2

  • Associate’s degree and six years of experience; or a Bachelor’s degree and four years of experience; or eight years of related experience. Knowledge and experience with software development using open-source tools.
  • Ability to work effectively with vendors, staff, and users at all levels.
  • Familiarity with HPC scheduling and resource management such as SLURM and Munge.


  • Experience with performance tuning and capacity management.
  • Familiarity with secure remote access (SSH, VPN).
  • Familiarity with IPMI technologies such as iDRAC.
  • Knowledge of basic networking technologies and protocols.
  • Understanding of HPC cluster design.
  • Proficient in Linux command shells and scripting.
  • Considerable knowledge of systems design criteria as well as systems architecture.
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and InfiniBand technologies.
  • Experience with clustered file systems.

Additional Preferred Qualifications for System Administrator 2

  • Experience with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), NIST SP 800-171, and/or Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (CMMC) 2.0.
  • Knowledge of NIST SP 800-171 CUI guidelines.
  • Up-to-date certifications: Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator or Engineer.
  • Knowledge of Linux integration with Active Directory, Kerberos, and 2FA.


This is a full-time, permanent position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience. For additional information regarding benefits visit: https://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-beyond-pay/.  For additional information about the University visit: http://www.uconn.edu/ and for detailed position information and the job description visit: http://uitsjobs.uconn.edu. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #497521 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on October 5, 2023. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce.  The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner.  This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all.  We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

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