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Research Data Center Engineer

Stanford University
Business Affairs: University IT (UIT), Stanford, California, United States

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Research Data Center Engineer🔍Business Affairs: University IT (UIT), Stanford, California, United States📁Facilities📅Jan 30, 2024 Post Date📅97534 Requisition #

Research Data Center Engineer:

Facilities Engineer 3, 4353/K in terms of Stanford job classification

The expected pay range for this position is $136,000 to $142,000 per annum. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

This position will serve as a technical expert in the performance of facility engineering responsibilities involving the operation and maintenance of major campus data center facilities.

The position, reporting to the Research Computing (RC) Data Center Manager, will be to provide facilities support for data centers under the management of the Stanford Research Computing Center (Research Computing). Research Computing offers High Performance Computing (HPC) hosting services, computational and data systems, services, and support for researchers from a variety of Stanford and SLAC organizations. The primary data center facilities that hosts the HPC systems themselves are the Stanford Research Computing Facility (SRCF1). The SRCF2 is a state of the art expansion of the original facility (SRCF1) and it is designed to accommodate high density computational infrastructure. The Facilities Engineer will assist in the operation of both sites, monitoring temperatures, facilitating deliveries, racking servers, and storage devices, troubleshooting and repairing servers, install network wiring, installing, and securing racks. This position will also provide backup to an existing Facilities Engineer position as needed.It may occasionally be responsible for interfacing with vendors, for installations, equipment repairs, and maintenance.

Core Duties

  • Ensure ongoing production facility operation to maximize the reliability, dependability and availability of it and systems hosted therein. Verify that all systems are operating efficiently.

  • ·Monitor and observe operation of mechanical, and electrical systems on a daily basis

    ·Perform regular physical inspections of all systems, looking for abnormal noises, fluid leaks, air leakage, etc.

  • Inspect PDUs and electrical meters, for alarms, abnormal current, and voltage levels.

  • Initiate corrective action following standard operating procedures as established by manager

  • Serve as an expert, providing design and technical recommendations in areas of specialization. This includes interfacing and coordination with and across specialties and disciplines.

  • Work with groups or individual researchers from Stanford, Stanford Medicine, and SLAC who have equipment hosted at SRCF2 to ensure safe facility operation and standards are met.

  • Respond to and address facility problems as directed by data center manager. This may require occasional in-person response outside normal working hours.

  • Identify and resolve complex technical systems issues which may have high risk/consequences of failure.

  • Review and analyze projects’ technical plans and specifications for conformance with design guidelines and other related criteria, and pertinent codes and standards

  • Serve as a technical lead on assigned projects in areas of expertise across multiple contractor activities, through all project phases.

  • Conduct risk assessments and develop contingency plans

    Minimum Requirements

    Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline. Ten years of relevant work experience or a combination of those attributes.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    The following are required for this role:

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated breadth of understanding of electrical and mechanical systems found in a data center environment such as: Power distribution systems, UPS, Variable Frequency Drives, Generators, Air Handlers, Chillers, PLC’s, etc.

  • Knowledge and proficiency with engineering software related to assignment, specifically Building Control and Monitoring Systems

  • Deep technical knowledge in area of expertise

  • Strong customer service focus

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency using office productivity tools including Google docs and sheets, Zoom and Slack

  • Working knowledge of computer systems and typical office productivity software

  • Ability to identify and mitigate potential project risk components

  • Highly desirable knowledge, skills and abilities include:

  • Data Center certifications such as: CDCP - Certified Data Center Professional, Certified Data Center Management Professional (CDCM), Certified Data Center Technician Professional (CDCTP), or Data Center energy practitioner (DECP).

  • Understanding of the basics of high performance computing and associated networking features and functions.

  • Certifications and Licenses:

  • Data center operation certification is highly desired; see above.

  • Physical Requirements

  • Occasionally sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

  • Routinely stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh from 11 to 60 pounds,

  • Frequently kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

  • * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job

    Working Conditions

  • Requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.You must be able to travel to the data center facilities from place of residence within 45 minutes.

  • Expected to work an 8-5 or 8:30 – 5:30 schedule

  • Requires after hours and weekend work on occasion for maintenance and/or project related activities.

  • May be exposed to noise > 80dB TWA.

  • May work at heights 4 - 10 ft.

  • Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues, clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

  • Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

    Additional Information
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Job Code: 4353
    • Employee Status: Regular
    • Grade: K
    • Requisition ID: 97534
    • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible


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