Assistant Storage Engineer - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1700059)

Champaign, IL
Apr 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) advances discovery and innovation through extreme-scale computing, science-enabling software, and the skills of our expert staff. The center is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign--a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement-and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life.

NCSA is currently seeking one or more Assistant Storage Engineers to research, evaluate, deliver, install, configure and support storage-related products (hardware and software) and services to the NCSA community, which includes both internal and external users. On the job, the incumbent will have the opportunity to learn to perform all of the key responsibilities listed below. This position focuses on system administration and storage engineering of multiple Linux machines. The team has many tools that are used for these types of storage environments. Over the course of time the storage engineer will gain knowledge of storage products and will be able to do file system administration, IB fabric administration, parallel file system management within a LAN and WAN, and basic DBA tasks on multiple production resources including Blue Waters, XSEDE, and the Illinois Campus Program.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Research, design, configure, implement and maintain specialized storage tiers optimized for key stakeholders' target environments.
  • Perform storage administration of data-intensive activities including:
  • Installation, tuning, and maintenance of system and storage hardware including servers, disk and tape subsystems
  • Installation, tuning and maintenance of file system server and client software including parallel and distributed file systems including GPFS and Lustre
  • Work directly with key researchers and users of the Linux machines to research, identify and provide hardware, software, and support services through successful resolution including documentation.
  • Make technical recommendations on system software configuration, hardware configuration, user policies, security procedures, and administration procedures.
  • Independently write, document, and maintain system or storage administration tools and scripts for internal use.
  • Provide on-call and off-hours support as needed.

Required Education and Experience:
  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field required. Alternative degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA technologies).
  • One or more years' experience in the management and support of UNIX or Linux systems. This can be at a student or internship level.

Preferred Experience:
  • Experience with the use and administration of Ethernet networked environments.
  • Experience writing shell scripts (scripting languages; bash, ksh, perl, python, php, and common unix utilities such as awk, grep, and sed).
  • System automation, monitoring, and reporting, including but not limited to syslog, nagios, expect, cron, snmp and web application frameworks.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews and hires may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit or email

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date (05/09/2017). Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters maybe also be uploaded or sent to the contact below). For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Organization Name: Supercomputing Applications
College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Open Date: 02/07/2017
Close Date: 05/09/2017


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