Job no: 233117-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Research, Scientific, Computer Science

Position Summary:

The Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) is looking for a systems administrator to further our mission of supporting large-scale computing for science. The computing infrastructure team helps operate, configure, monitor, and debug the operating systems, batch configurations, networking, filesystems, and hardware within CHTC. This position is a great opportunity for someone who is self-motivated, enjoys working in a dynamic and flexible team environment, can multi-task, and thrives on variety and a fast-paced, challenging work environment. Join CHTC and develop new skills and gain exposure to a broad set of state-of-the-art technologies!

This is an excellent entry-level position for systems administrators with an interest in research computing; the position's duties and responsibilities are designed for candidates with 1-3 years of experience and who are self-motivated and can work with minimal supervision. Junior professionals who have supported Linux systems for scientific or engineering users are especially encouraged to apply. Work is normally performed during typical office hours and in an office environment. There is no after-hours pager duty but after-hours work may be necessary in exceptional circumstances.

The CHTC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a world leader in developing and supporting tools for scientific distributed computing on a campus, national, and international scale. The Center is part of the internationally recognized Computer Sciences department; the team produces the HTCondor software suite, operates a computing facility with hundreds of Linux-based computer servers, collaborates with scientists from a wide spectrum of disciplines, promotes and supports campus use of high throughput computing technologies, and leads a national-scale distributed high throughput computing effort, the Open Science Grid, that transforms the use of computing for scientific discovery.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree preferably in Computer Science, ECE, or STEM-related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required experience and skills:
- Experience in Linux systems administration
- Installation, configuration, and maintenance of software systems
- Installation and maintenance of computer hardware

We prefer candidates with experience in the following skills, but do not expect experience in all of them and will provide training as necessary:
- One year of professional experience as a Linux systems administrator
- Administering multiple hosts
- Batch system management; HTCondor or Slurm highly desired
- Basic scripting skills in languages such as shell or Python
- Configuration management tools; Puppet experience highly desired
- Distributed filesystems; Ceph experience highly desired
- Experience with distributed computing middleware used by the Open Science Grid highly desired
- IP or InfiniBand network configuration
- Basic host firewall administration
- Kubernetes cluster operation

Additional Information:

Additional requirements: Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and ability to work in CHTC data centers at least once a week.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $47,012 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired into an Associate Systems Programmer, Systems Programmer, or Senior Systems Programmer title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Tim Cartwright, .

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Tim Cartwright
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Apr 20 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 21 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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