Sr. HPC Systems Administrator at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Job Description:


BSD DIV - Center for Research Informatics: Scientific Computing

About the Department

The Center for Research Informatics (CRI) is an organization within the Biologi-cal Sciences Division (BSD) that provides informatics resources and services to BSD faculty. Four main services comprise the CRI's operations: applications development, bioinformatics, IT infrastructure, and a clinical research data warehouse. Through these service lines, the CRI enables research of the high-est scientific merit and advances the state of the art of clinical and translational informatics. The CRI recruits exceptional candidates looking to leverage state-of-the-art technologies to deliver innovative and exciting solutions biomedical researchers. We are committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion for the benefit of our team members, our institution, our clients, and our community. We will accomplish this by incorporating our values into hiring practices, retention, and culture.

Job Summary

The job designs automated, scalable, and rapidly deployable solutions to infrastructure development and server configuration. Works independently to install, configure, and maintain operating systems. Uses best practices and systems knowledge to monitor and alert systems, utility software, and firewalls. Guides maintenance for production servers as well as Windows and Linux servers.

This senior-level position will work in the Scientific Computing team with other HPC Systems Administrators to build and maintain the BSD High Performance Computing (HPC) environment, assist life-sciences researchers to utilize the HPC resources, work with stakeholders and research partners to successfully troubleshoot computational applications, handle customer requests, and respond to suggestions for improvements and enhancements from end-users.

Salary Range: $95-110k depending on qualifications


  • Provisioning, configuration, and operation of computational hardware and analysis software for use by research projects.

  • Participate in the technical development to enable continuing innovation within the infrastructure.

  • Ensure that hardware, software, and related procedures adhere to organizational values and enable the research of faculty, staff, collaborators, and other end-users.

  • Configures, installs, upgrades, and maintains server applications and hardware. Works to safeguard the integrity of computer software. Implements operating system enhancements to improve the reliability and performance of the system.

  • Plans and installs necessary patches and upgrades for servers and their associated storage, network, communications, and peripheral sub-systems. Installs and maintains an appropriate level of intrusion detection, monitoring, and auditing software as required.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, biological sciences, or related field

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to administer GNU/Linux servers.

  • Understanding of issues in research computing.

  • Ability to program and debug software in C/C++, Java, and/or Fortran.

  • Ability to build and install software from source.

  • Basic knowledge of computer and network security.

  • Ability to administer parallel storage systems such as Lustre or GPFS

  • Understanding of HPC scheduling software (e.g. PBS, Moab, or SLURM)

Working Conditions

  • Office environment

  • Remote work permitted

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


COVID-19 Vaccination or Approved Medical or Religious Exemption Required


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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