HPC Systems Administration Specialist

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7116412 (Ref:414460)

Posted: November 19, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We are currently seeking an HPC Systems Administration Specialist to join our ALCF team. The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) AI Testbed is tasked with the evaluation of emerging hardware and software platforms for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), and computational science activities across the Argonne National Laboratory.

In this role you can expect to:

  • Work directly with first class systems alongside scientific staff and research colleagues within the division.
  • As the primary ALCF systems administrator of the testbed, you will work with teams to install and manage a diverse array of AI and ML related hardware and software.
  • You are highly technical and will work directly with other subject matter experts to ensure the sustainability and availability of the testbed infrastructure.
  • Success in this role means that you can support machines in a mixed operating system environment and work efficiently with other operations groups.
  • Researchers will rely on your guidance when it comes to the environment so you will have a direct impact in keeping research productive.
  • This position will be hybrid, on-site presence will be required each week.

Position Requirements

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Experience in UNIX systems administration, especially Linux, with an emphasis on OS installation and upgrading, package building and management, common services and applications, and troubleshooting
  • Experience with Puppet, Salt, Ansible or similar configuration management tools
  • Experience with Git, BitBucket, SVN or other version control platforms
  • Experience with software packaging, building software from source, and dynamic linking
  • Working knowledge of scripting languages
  • Ability to write concise documentation
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Flexibility in handling assignments and working on several projects simultaneously
  • To perform the essential functions of this position successful applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship, which is required to comply with federal regulations and contract.

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Knowledge of AI/ML systems architecture and workflows (Groq, Cerebras, Graphcore, SambaNova, or Habana)
  • Knowledge of scientific applications
  • Knowledge of high-performance networking technologies such as Infiniband
  • Knowledge of Storage Area Networking and storage arrays.
  • Knowledge of high-performance computing techniques, graphics, and visualization
  • Experience with software packaging, building software from source, and dynamic linking
  • Experience working in a Continuous Integration environment
  • Experience with software build tools such as CMake, Make, or Autotools

This position can be hired at one of two levels; the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (PT3 or PT4) dependent upon the depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills. The minimum requirements of the two levels are as follows:

  • PT3: Bachelor's degree and 4+ years of experience, or a Master's degree and 2+ years of experience, or equivalent 
  • PT4: Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of experience, or a Master's degree and 4+ years of experience, or equivalent 

Job Family

Professional Technical (PT)

Job Profile

Systems Integration Admin/Support 3

Worker Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

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