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Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Posted Date
Oct 13, 2022

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HPC System Administrator

Arizona State University

RTO Research Computing

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

The HPC System Administrators in ASU Research Computing are entrusted with finding and supporting solutions for some of the most challenging problems at the University. As a System Administrator in RC, you will provide support and maintenance for the HPC clusters and work directly with researchers to provide hardware and software support. This will be a challenging but rewarding role and requires expertise in many different technologies ranging from physical system troubleshooting to Linux system administration, networking, software builds, and virtualization.


Salary Range

$58,824 - $81,700 per year; DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

  • Work with researchers on hardware and software issues, during office hours or via support tickets.
  • Working with vendors to resolve hardware issues as they arise in the data center.
  • Participate in the rotating on-call schedule (after hours emergencies and tickets).
  • Creating scripts, adding automation as needed
  • Documenting new processes, updating documentation as needed
  • Maintain operating systems, security updates, and upgrades (we primarily run Centos 7 or Rocky 8, and use Ansible / Salt).
  • Monitoring of systems, fixing issues as they arise.
  • Provisioning virtual machines
  • Provisioning storage.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Document processes


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Computer Technology or related field AND two (2) years experience providing information technology services; OR, Six (6) years experience providing information technology services; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Certificates from recognized programs that indicate mastery of tools and techniques relevant to the assignment may substitute for up to six months experience.


Desired Qualifications

Evidence of:

  • HPC-specific knowledge (Slurm, Infiniband, MPI)
  • Data transfer tools (globus, rclone)


Experience in:

  • Scripting languages (bash, python, perl, awk)
  • Automation stacks (Ansible, Saltstack, Puppet)
  • Monitoring and alerting stacks (Prometheus, Nagios, Icinga)
  • Networking (Ethernet / Infiniband)
  • Logging tools (Elasticsearch, Syslog)
  • Dashboarding (Grafana, Kibana)
  • Hypervisors (Xenserver)
  • Openstack
  • Containers (Apptainer, K8s, Docker)
  • Version control and Git (Gitlab, GitHub)
  • Databases (MariaDB, MongoDB, MySQL)
  • Storage (Isilon, CEPH, Qumulo, Powerstore, BeeGFS, ISCSI/block storage)
  • Physical hardware (troubleshooting/mounting/fixing server equipment)


Working Environment

Some activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.


ASU is a diverse enterprise with a wide variety of work and learning modes, locations and a commitment to sustainability, innovation and employee work-life balance. We are determined to maintain our position as an employer of choice in a competitive labor market.


Flexible work options

Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required.


  • Must have reliable transportation to campus and the Datacenter
  • Parking on campus is not provided but is available via University parking passes



  • Certain activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of standing and keyboarding between working with server equipment
  • Exposure to loud noises (ear protection provided and strongly encouraged), high and low temperatures, strong cooling-fan-induced wind
  • Performing non-keyboard tasks require bending, stooping, kneeling, prolonged standing, and walking significant distances between and within buildings on campus/within the Data Center.


Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, calculator, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.

  • Work laptop will be provided
  • Technology use plan includes partial personal Cellular-plan reimbursement


Occasional use of tools and machinery required by the position.

Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.

Occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds.


Department Statement

For the eighth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all eight years the category has existed.


ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way. To learn more about how Knowledge Enterprise is a place for your career to grow, visit


At Knowledge Enterprise and RTO Research Computing, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. We value your unique background and perspective, and you may be just the right candidate for this position or other roles on our team.


Working at ASU has additional perks and OUTSTANDING benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.


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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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