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HPC Systems Administrator

University of Rochester LLE Published: March 3, 2023
250 East River Road, Rochester, New York
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Job Summary

The High-Performance Computing (HPC) group at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics supports the systems and software used for the simulations and data science behind leading research in Inertial Confinement Fusion, high-power lasers, high-energy-density physics, plasma physics, material and optical technologies. LLE operates multiple Linux cluster environments and large parallel storage systems to enable its scientists. To help in this work and grow capabilities, LLE seeks systems administrator(s) with a strong interest in scientific and high-performance computing.


  • Assists with automation and configuration management for Linux clusters, parallel storage systems, and affiliated network equipment
  • Troubleshoots, diagnoses, and resolves system and application problems with users, peers, vendors, and management
  • Helps ensure compliance with security standards and regulations
  • Assists in systems analysis to determine system requirements and guide future expansion
  • Other duties as assigned


Must be comfortable with:

  • Using and administrating Linux systems from the shell
  • Writing scripts in bash or Python
  • Compiling and reading code written in C/C++
  • Repair, installation, configuration, and debugging computer hardware
  • Configuring and debugging hosts on ethernet networks
  • Presenting issues to peers and managers
  • Writing documentation
  • Participating in code and change management reviews with management and peers
  • Using git, gitlab, and other development and collaborative tools
  • Interacting with and engaging in professional communication with users and/or vendors
  • Analyzing systems and applications to perform root-cause analysis based on computer science

May have experience with any of the following:

  • Configuration management and orchestration tools (i.e., Salt, Puppet, Ansible, etc.)
  • Security Standards such as NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, and/or CMMC
  • networking including installing, debugging, and configuring switches, routers, and firewalls
  • SRE and/or dev-ops methods and tools
  • CI/CD methods and tools
  • virtualization and container software
  • experience with LDAP, database, web, dhcp, and/or DNS servers
  • parallel programming (MPI)
  • network and parallel file systems
  • reading, building, and debugging C, C++, and/or Fortran codes
  • analyzing facility power and cooling requirements for systems
  • reading, building, and debugging C, C++, and/or Fortran codes

Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience welcome

Ability to obtain Security Clearance

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law.  This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

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