Updated: 23 days ago
Location: Oakland, CALIFORNIA
Deadline: 05 Aug 2019
Research Computing Infrastructure Specialist  
$6,334 - $12,516 monthly  
Under supervision of the Office of Information Technology's Research Technology Group leadership, Research Computing Infrastructure Specialist will provide technical expertise for ongoing campus advanced research computing efforts at UCLA. This includes the Hoffman2 shared compute cluster, cloud integration efforts, and other related research computing initiatives. This position will have significant technical responsibility for development, selection, implementation, and maintenance of multiple complex components of UCLA's advanced research computing environment. The position requires technical mastery of system internals, operating systems, and networking; an understanding of hardware interrelationships; and extensive experience with cloud computing, HPC job scheduling (Slurm), and software engineering and installation. The position also requires complex technical problem-solving abilities and communication skills. Ph.D. in a related field plus a minimum of three years' experience with advanced research computing preferred, or commensurate work experience. Knowledge of large-scale HPC environments is required to enable execution of tasks that could include high-level systems issues and upgrades, programming, and the development of technical proof-of-concept projects. A programming skills assessment will be administered prior to hiring.
Specifically, this position will: 1) work with other members of the RTG to strategize, design, pilot, and implement integrated cyberinfrastructure that connects researchers with on- and off-premise HPC compute and storage systems; 2) work directly with faculty and researchers across campus to better support UCLA research computing needs; 3) recommend enhancements to the campus cyberinfrastructure that will enable seamless growth as technologies and advanced research computing requirements change over time; 4) evaluate, design, and implement new technological and methodological solutions to campus-wide or discipline-specific advanced research computing problems; 5) participate in projects to upgrade the existing advanced research compute environment to new platforms and operating systems; 6) diagnose and resolve hardware and software problems related to the Hoffman2 advanced research cluster both independently and in conjunction with senior OIT personnel; 7) analyze and develop reporting mechanisms related to Hoffman2 system performance and analytics and other RTG systems; 8) monitor systems for security and performance problems and take preemptive or corrective action as necessary; and 9) maintain and upgrade technical, operational, and user documentation related to the campus computing environment.
Additionally, this position provides advanced technical direction and consultation to faculty, researchers, and other IT and research support units across campus on complex advanced research computing challenges. This requires developing and maintaining a thorough knowledge of the campus research computing environment, and preparing documentation and presentations on various research computing topics for both technical and non-technical audiences. This position will be expected to think critically and propose ways to apply new technology and techniques to the campus and OIT/RTG advanced computing environment.  
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