Departmental Computing Systems Analyst

Job description

Requisition # 2018-9584
Department Research Computing
Category Information Technology
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


Do you want to help enable groundbreaking teaching and research? Would you like to help faculty members acquire and operate the most cost effective computer systems for their research, and install and maintain the software they and their students use every day. Are you interested in working with the team that operates Princeton's largest research computing systems? If so, Princeton University is recruiting a Departmental Computing Systems Analyst to join its Distributed Research Computing Support group.

In the Distributed Research Computing Support group, we provide system administration and software installation services to Princeton faculty members and their research groups. We work closely with the administrators of the University's large, shared research systems to provide a seamless environment from the researcher's desktop to our largest high performance clusters. We also consult with faculty members on the acquisition and configuration of new research computing systems.

If you are an experienced Computing Systems Analyst with an interest in providing leading edge computing systems for faculty and students, you have the right skill set to make an immediate contribution to Princeton researchers' research computing needs.


  • Assists faculty and students in the use of research computing systems to ensure that they can make the most effective use of computational resources in their research.
  • Installs, maintains and administers departmental research computing systems and clusters, especially Linux and Unix systems.
  • Analyzes and troubleshoots complex system level problems with software, data, and job submission to minimize delays and interruptions in researchers' use of computational resources.
  • Installs, maintains, and supports system and application software packages on departmental systems.
    Advises faculty and researchers on HPC issues related to computational resource requirements, data storage, and security.
  • Consults with faculty, vendors and IT staff to design and specify research computing systems and storage to meet researchers' needs.
  • Provides instruction and conducts workshops on research computing related topics as needed.
  • Uses scripting and programming tools and performs basic debugging.
  • Applies best practices for Linux OS installations, configuration, and operation.
  • Monitors system health and performance.
  • Keeps abreast of emerging technologies.
  • When provided access to personal, proprietary and/or otherwise confidential data, maintains such data in the strictest confidence and follows procedures to ensure the privacy, security and proper use of data.


  • Expertise with Linux system administration, installation and troubleshooting.
  • Knowledge and experience with Linux scripting languages and techniques.
  • Ability to advise others on planning and troubleshooting for Linux OS installation, configuration, and operation.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to respond promptly and professionally to customer requests.
  • Minimum of five years of experience as a Linux server system administrator.
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge to solve routine and moderately complex problems in a Linux operating system environment.
  • Demonstrated successes working in a collaborative environment as well as independently.
  • Ability to learn new systems beyond area of core knowledge.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with diverse user base having varied levels of technical proficiencies.
  • Proactively seeks information and ideas from peers, supervisors, and customers.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with RedHat Linux
  • Experience managing HPC computational hardware
  • Masters Degree in a related field
  • Programming knowledge and experience beyond basic Bash/Perl scripting languages
  • Experience with Windows and Macintosh operating systems

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

AIT, 030

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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Posted: 11/9/2018
Application Due: 1/8/2019
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