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Senior Linux Storage Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University Published: September 21, 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science is searching for a Senior Linux Storage Engineer to join our Unix Engineering team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives in an exciting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the department by playing a key role in maintaining and defining the storage environment. The position will involve designing, planning, and implementing storage technologies as well as the day-to-day administration of storage systems in our high-performance computing (HPC) environment and Linux server and desktop environment. Our team is responsible for 21 HPC clusters containing over 500 nodes and approximately 5 petabytes of storage, along with over 200 physical servers and desktops


Your core responsibilities will include:


Storage Engineering Duties – 75%

  • Design and deploy parallel filesystem or distributed filesystems
  • Work to ensure the deployed storage systems have high availability, stability, and performance.
  • Recommend standards for storage systems and configurations
  • Use of configuration management tools (Ansible, IPMI) to help maintain distributed computing environments.
  • Responsible for management of existing storage services including capacity increases, data migrations between systems and monitoring and metric collection
  • Plan and implement changes; review and validate change requests for all storage environments
  • Evaluate new technologies and develop roadmaps for storage services
  • Develop system processes and procedures so that users and other administrators can find information and other system administrators can provide support coverage.
  • Perform root cause analysis of performance issues related to file system and IO.
  • Collaborate with faculty and systems engineers on designs and storage architectures for new HPC clusters and servers


Senior System Engineer – 25%

  • System installation, system upgrades, maintenance of high-performance computing clusters, and Linux servers and workstations
  • Problem diagnosis and resolution on Linux workstations, servers and HPC Clusters
  • Related duties as assigned


Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Unix Engineering Team.  Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.


You should demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of InfiniBand and RDMA networking and configuration
  • Expert knowledge of Unix system administration
  • Scripting Skills: Ansible Playbooks, Puppet, shell
  • Problem-solving and reasoning skills



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related, or 10 years’ of demonstrated experience with large scale distributed systems and storage administration
  • 3-5 years Systems Administration experience
  • Experience with:
    • Maintaining high-performance filesystems such as Lustre, Ceph, Glusterfs, etc. in production
    • Provisioning and administering ZFS filesystems in production
    • ZFS snapshots and replication
    • NFS performance monitoring and tuning
    • Working with RAID storage



  • Successful background check


Are you interested in exploring this great opportunity?! Apply today!



CMU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here: Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus.

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