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OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER)
OU Information Technology
The University of Oklahoma


System Administrator (Supercomputer) - Job Number: 240831

Organization: Information Technology
Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Work Schedule: Normal hours are M-F 8:00-5:00
Work Type: Hybrid
Salary Range: Targeted salary $65,700-$74,880, based on experience
Benefits Provided: Yes

Required Attachments: Resume

Job Description---

Title- System Administrator
Team- Supercomputer

Are you a highly motivated individual who thrives in
a fast-paced, high-performing, dynamic team environment?

OU Information Technology (IT) is looking for a technical
professional who has a passion for the higher education
environment and wants to grow their technical career.

This is a remarkable opportunity to be a part of a service
organization that directly impacts the work of researchers
and educators at the University of Oklahoma (OU).

The job function of this position is to serve as a System
Administrator within the OU Supercomputing Center for
Education and Research (OSCER), operating and maintaining
OU's research computing systems, including but not limited to
the following:

* Linux cluster supercomputer

* Internal research cloud

* Large scale, high-performance disk system(s)

* Large-scale tape archive

* High-speed research network(s)

The job function also includes working with a diverse range
of faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate
and undergraduate students, to make the best possible use of
OU's research computing systems.

As a member of the supercomputing operations team, this
professional will work with researchers, educators and other
research computing team members to identify and address
technical obstacles to the work of the OU research community
and their collaborators at other institutions.

The primary duties of this position will be to participate in
ongoing efforts to document, design, develop, maintain,
enhance, and decommission supercomputing (high-performance
computing) and other research computing systems, in a manner
consistent with established priorities and prevailing
best practices, and to work directly with researchers and
educators on how to use these systems effectively in their
research and teaching.

The ideal candidate for this position is curious, creative,
tenacious, and self-directed, and demonstrates a strong work
ethic; is productive working independently as well as
collaboratively; is analytical and can identify, define,
interpret, and resolve both technical and human issues.

Responsible for systems administration tasks needed to
maintain the University's supercomputing cluster as well as
working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and
students to make the best possible use of OU's
research computing resources.

* Performs system administration including but not limited to
system maintenance, patching, configuration, network
management, hardware troubleshooting, monitoring, and
backups, and performs comparable functions on other resources.

* Tracks issues and works with researchers, educators, and
other team members to resolve obstacles to researchers'

* Analyzes business and technology needs, specifies, tests,
and deploys solutions to these needs, and develops
documentation on these solutions that allow for long-term

* Works with vendors and colleagues to troubleshoot and
resolve technical problems and prepares documentation for
other team members to provide consistency for operational

* Provides consulting support to users and other technical
groups in support of deployed technical solutions.

* Interacts with internal and external software and hardware
providers in the deployment and troubleshooting of system

* Provides mentorship within their respective area of
expertise to other employees within the organization.

* Performs various duties as needed to successfully fulfill
the function of the position.

The position will be located in Norman with a flexible and/or
remote option possible for experienced candidates.

Job Requirements---

Required Education: Bachelors degree, AND:

* 36 months of computer programming/analysis experience.

Equivalency Substitution: Will accept 48 months of related
experience in lieu of the Bachelors degree for a total of
84 months of related experience.


* Proficient in Microsoft Office

* Able to communicate well and build rapport quickly with
students, faculty and staff

* Strong initiative to solve problems

* Knowledge of current technology trends and advancements
through self-learning, conferences and in-class training

* Detail-oriented for accuracy of data and information.

* Ability to communicate well and to build rapport quickly
with undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, staff and

* Understanding of multi-user computing systems, environments
and networks.

* Basic understanding of key system concepts and environments,
such as operating systems, interconnection networks,
file systems, and compilers/interpreters.

* Ability to cultivate functional working relationships with
faculty, researchers, students, staff, IT professionals, and
other stakeholders, and to work constructively with those
stakeholders to solve technical and research problems.

* Ability to think creatively and innovatively about technical
and/or nontechnical challenges and to adapt to rapidly
changing technology and requirements.

* Ability to locate and utilize technical documentation and
other resources related to technical challenges.

* Ability to organize investigations into technical and/or
nontechnical problems, to collect information, and to draw
appropriate conclusions.

* Ability to deal effectively with stressful situations,
critical deadlines, and a user base with high service level
expectations and a wide range of computing knowledge and

* Scripting and/or programming skills.

* Ability to support a broad variety of software applications
running on research computing systems, including installation.

Advertised Physical Requirements:

* Ability to engage in repetitive motions. Must be able to
sit and or stand for short and extended periods of time.
Standard office environment.

Department Preferences:

* Experience and proficiency with version control (for example, git).

* Experience with any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
or Mathematics) field.

* Experience and proficiency with supercomputing
(high-performance computing) and/or cloud computing and/or
similar areas of computing.

* Experience working with researchers/scholars.

* Experience and proficiency with storage systems, especially
parallel and/or distributed storage systems, and/or
software-defined storage.

* Experience and proficiency with system administration of
any Unix-like operating system (e.g., Linux).

* Experience and proficiency with network administration.

* Participate in ongoing efforts to document, design, develop,
maintain, enhance and decommission supercomputing
(high performance computing) and other research computing
systems, in a manner consistent with established priorities
and prevailing best practices.

* Work directly with researchers and educators on how to use
these systems effectively in their research and teaching.

Supervision: None

Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate
for this position, you will be subject to The University of
Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy. To view
the policy, visit


Why You Belong at the University of Oklahoma: The University
of Oklahoma fosters an inclusive culture of respect and
civility, belonging, and access, which are essential to our
collective pursuit of excellence and our determination to
change lives. The unique talents, perspectives, and
experiences of our community enrich the learning, and working
environment at OU, inspiring us to harness our innovation,
creativity, and collaboration for the advancement of people

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of
Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state
laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race,
color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic
information, gender identity, gender expression, age,
religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a
veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.
This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment,
financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or
activities, and health care services that the University
operates or provides.

Hiring contingent upon a Background Check?: Yes

Special Indications: None

Job Posting: Apr 16, 2024