Storage Engineer (Systems Engineering)

Updated: 22 days ago
Job Type: Permanent

80%-100%, Lugano, permanent

The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) develops and operates cutting-edge, high-performance computing (HPC) systems as an essential service facility for science. The centre enables world-class research through its scientific user lab, which is available to domestic and international researchers in academia, industry, and the business sector. The centre is operated by ETH Zurich and has offices in Lugano (headquarters) and Zurich.

Project background

With the convergence of HPC and cloud technology, supercomputing service providers like CSCS are striving to improve service portfolios that focus on large, complex, and diverse scientific and engineering applications. Effectively providing performant and capable storage systems that support the needs of HPC platforms running on a multi-tenant infrastructure is complex and challenging engineering work.

To this end, CSCS has open positions at our offices in Lugano for a Storage Engineer (Systems Engineering).

Job description

The main goal of this position is to implement and operate HPC storage services in a multi-tenant infrastructure. As a Storage Engineer, you will directly contribute to the designing, implementation, maintenance, and documentation of storage services for HPC. 

Your contributions will directly impact the development and enhancement of CSCS’s HPC systems, thereby enhancing overall system functionality and efficiency.


You should have a bachelor’s or higher degree in computer engineering, computer science, a relevant technical field, or equivalent practical experience.

You should have a sound knowledge of: 

  • Linux administration skills,
  • Generic filesystem aspects and functions (data, metadata, block-size, etc.),
  • Storage redundancy technologies (RAID, D-RAID, EC etc.),
  • Backup solutions (DMF, TSM, Veeam) and backup concepts,
  • Object Storage concepts and S3 service usage/implementation,
  • Automation tools and framework, including CI/CD processes and ecosystem (e.g., Gitlab CI, HashiCorp Vault).

Experience with the following is preferred, though there will be ample opportunities to learn and gain more experience with all of these skills on the job:

  • Parallel file systems (GPFS, Lustre), 
  • Ceph Storage Clusters,
  • Versioning systems and CI/CD workflows such as ArgoCD,
  • Automated installation systems for physical servers, such as MAAS or Foreman,
  • Developing Ansible configurations,
  • Developing services on top of Kubernetes.



We offer

In an organization that values autonomy, ownership, and continuous learning, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain specialized, hands-on experience through activities characterized by the challenging aspects typical of the HPC field.

  • ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions.
  • You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.
  • We value the diversity of our team and, to further enhance the diversity of our workforce, we particularly encourage women to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Relevant certificates and diplomas

To further enhance the diversity of our workforce, we particularly encourage women to apply.

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We look forward to receiving your online application, including

  • a pdf letter of motivation
  • pdf CV
  • diplomas in pdf
  • employment certificates in pdf

We only take applications with pdf documents into consideration.

Please address your application to Ms Stephanie Frequente, CSCS Human Resources, via Trevano 131, 6900 Lugano.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about CSCS can be found on our website . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mark Klein, [email protected] (no applications).

For recruitment services, the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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