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HPC Systems Engineer

PDT Partners Published: October 5, 2017
New York, New York
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Experience: 2-6 Years Highly-Relevant Experience

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field.

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: New York, NY


The PDT team is seeking a highly-talented Linux HPC Systems Administrator to enhance and support our research computing clusters.

As part of the HPC/Grid team, you will be responsible for improving, extending, and maintaining the HPC/Grid infrastructure, and helping provide a world-class computing and big data environment for PDT’s Quantitative Researchers. You will interface closely with research teams using the Grid, the entire Linux engineering group, software engineers, and PDT’s in-house monitoring team. You will also have the opportunity to serve as PDT’s subject matter expert for various HPC technologies.

Your focus will be traditional Beowulf clusters as well as other innovative large scale computation. Strong Linux system administration skills are required. If you have mastered the art of turning cutting edge storage and compute technology into a stable and scalable HPC infrastructure, you will thrive in this role.


  • Administration of HPC clusters and parallel file systems
  • Architecting innovative solutions to complex operating and file system issues
  • Linux cluster troubleshooting
  • Technology evaluation and selection
  • Providing direct support and education of the researcher community
  • Job scheduler optimization
  • Deep dives into specific cluster workloads to optimize them
  • Management and optimization of many petabytes of storage

Experience & Skills Required:

  • Excellent Linux systems administration and troubleshooting skills
  • Experience in design and engineering of HPC systems and schedulers (Slurm, SGE, TORQUE)
  • Experience administering and tuning scale out storage (GPFS, BeeGFS, Lustre, Ceph)
  • Experience with provisioning systems (Werewulf, Rocks, Bright, xCat, Mesos)
  • Advanced scripting or programming skills (C/C++, Python, Perl, or UNIX shell)
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