High Performance Computing System Administrator, Q Security Clearance
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High Performance Computing System Administrator, Q Security Clearance, Dayton, OH

You will provide expert technical leadership and execution and be support mission-critical customers, providing pre-installation configuration, on-site integration, administration, and customer enablement of cutting edge high performance computing solution. Working at the direction of the customer, you will respond directly to customer requests and assignments and provide technical and operational leadership and guidance as needed.


– Maintain the HPC systems availability to the customer, but also create and document site procedures, system diagrams, and other configuration or support documents.
– Maintain system software and firmware revisions, including patches, updates, and OS upgrades.
– Solve system hardware, software, and third-party software issues, and provide detailed and thoughtful analysis of problem and solution.
– Gather data, perform analysis, and escalate problems to higher-level product support groups and appropriate management when necessary to ensure timely resolution of system or customer issues.
– Provide solutions and implement repair or workarounds when possible, fully documenting steps taken when required.
– Manage software issues for both the system and user applications, submitting and tracking bugs as required.
– Answer customer inquiries concerning system software versions, product lifecycles, new releases, and third-party applications.


– Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related area of study.
– 8+ years’ HPC-related experience, ideally with large-scale HPC and parallel file system administration and support.
– Without a degree, three additional years of relevant professional experience (11+ years in total).
– DOE Q Clearance required. Ability to obtain a U.S. Department of Energy security clearance (Q clearance) active or have held one in the past 3 years; if previous clearance, must not foresee a problem with it being reinstated. Duties require US Citizenship.
– Extensive knowledge and experience with Linux operating systems (RHEL or SLES), workload management systems, parallel file systems, networking and security.
– Ability to lead and work effectively in a team environment.
– Direct experience and demonstrated proficiency with multiple programming and scripting languages (e.g., Perl, Python, C, FORTRAN, etc.) preferred.
– Ability to maintain system software, utilizing debugging tools for problem isolation; will perform software builds, software upgrades, and patch installation as needed.
– Excellent interpersonal, customer relations and problem management skills, with the ability to stay calm and professional under pressure while working to strict deadlines.
– Experience with project planning and management, process management, and team or project leadership preferred.
– Able to clearly document processes and procedures with a focus toward mentoring and knowledge sharing.
– Occasional travel for training is required.

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