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HPC Systems Administrator

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Database Administrator

Job Description

The HPC Systems Engineer is a newly created position at Virginia Tech National Security Institute. This position will work with faculty at VTNSI to undertake software development projects and to explore and deploy new approaches to HPC software. This position will provide tier 2/3 technical support for the entire institute. The successful candidate will investigate emerging technologies in operation of research computing, storage, and networking. They will help develop tools for increased productivity and collaboration.

The Virginia Tech National Security Institute is the newest of three Thematic Research Institutes at Virginia Tech (the other two being the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute). Thematic institutes at Virginia Tech pursue and execute sponsored research and experiential learning programs, and they have deep relationships with sponsors, unique research facilities, and unique talent (typically research faculty). The NSI's mission is to perform interdisciplinary research and provide experiential learning in Blacksburg and the greater Washington DC metropolitan area to strengthen technology, standards, public policy, and the National Security Innovation Base. The objectives of the NSI includes: cultivation of a vibrant ecosystem of industry, government, and academic partners to transition research, knowledge, and talent into sustainable capabilities; and development of the next generation of leaders to strengthen the National Security workforce. The nucleus of the NSI is built around the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, and the School for Public and International Affairs. However, it is expected that the NSI broaden its reach across the unique array of academic disciplines at Virginia Tech that can strength the instruments of National Power; diplomacy, information, military, and economy.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related computational science discipline, or bachelor's degree in these fields and significant work experience.
  • Strong experience in Linux and familiarity with shell scripting
  • Strong experience in automation technologies such as ansible
  • Familiarity with high performance and parallel computing software and technologies
  • Programming experience in multiple major languages
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot complex issues in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast pace, results-oriented environment.
  • Excellent communication skills to include ability to write clear documentation for users and developers
  • US citizenship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with development and deployment of web services
  • Experience working in a research environment
  • Experience in developing and implementing scientific software applications
  • Proven experience to undertake complex software projects, system integration projects, develop systems tools, and use system performance metrics in problem resolution and efficient use of production systems.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

December 1, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation ofCOVID-19 vaccinationor receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

This position requires applicant to be a US Citizen due to the security nature of VT NSI.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Sue Kass at sjkass@vt.eduduring regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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