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HPC Engineering Project Manager

HPC Engineering Project Manager


University Park Campus

Work Unit:

Senior Vice President for Research


Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Date Announced:


Date Closing:

** Open Until Filled **

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ICDS at Penn State seeks a talented and goal-oriented individual to join our engineering team as an HPC Engineering Project Manager. You will be an integral contributor to a dynamic and growing team of specialists supported by an exciting $60 million Penn State investment in ICDS cyber-ecosystem, called “Roar”.  Penn State’s elite researchers use our high-performance research infrastructure to solve real-world problems by conducting simulations, data mining, and other high-performance computing operations. You will participate as an important member of our engineering team in supporting this work.

As our HPC Engineering Project Manager, you will:

  • Provide specialized leadership in managing technical components of concurrent complex cyberinfrastructure projects in support of research at ICDS by creating detailed project plans
  • Review, document, and present project task and milestone progress with the individual ICDS teams and leadership
  • Collaborate with each of the technical teams to create enterprise project plans
  • Research emerging best practices for project management, document lessons learned, and provide expertise to ICDS leadership as it relates to project management
  • Lead the infrastructure procurement and coordination efforts for infrastructure related tasks and work with the technical team, RISE, Operations, and Researchers to update and plan infrastructure integrations
  • Serving as a liaison between ICDS and industrial vendors, Principal Investigators (and researchers), and other University stakeholders
  • Producing, maintaining, and modifying technical engineering artifacts including but not limited to technical project plans milestone schedules and Project Management Plans
  • Preparing and maintaining inventory related documentation to guide engineering and leadership decisions on procurements
  • Providing input into the design and development of integration related projects
  • Communicating hardware technological advancements with ICDS leadership and vendors

You will have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to complex problems as it relates to specifying compute, storage, and networking hardware needs. You will directly contribute to the procurement, deployment, operational, and decommissioning lifecycle of the hardware infrastructure. In this role, you will be a primary source of knowledge on the current physical footprint of the system. This role also includes planning for future expansions of the infrastructure.

Education and Experience: This job will be filled as an Engineering Project Manager 3 or 4 depending on the successful candidate’s competencies, experience and education or an equivalent combination. Typically, a level 3 requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher plus 4 years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

Specific duties of this position require US citizenship.

The successful candidate will demonstrate that they are proactive and will be able to contribute as a member of the systems engineering team to develop plans, project schedules, requirements, and documentation.  This job requires the ability to communicate clearly and to work as a member of the systems engineering team in a collaborative environment and actively contribute to the completion of team goals and assigned tasks.

You will need to collaborate and communicate with team members, scientific users, ICDS leadership, and vendors in this role.

Our desired qualifications and skills include:

  • Project Management Experience
  • Experience in identifying, using, and maintaining project management tools (i.e., JIRA, Project, etc.) to manage projects
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships across organizations with different technical and non-technical backgrounds (i.e., working with HW vendors, internal stakeholders such as the data center teams, researchers)
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain vendor relationships
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail for documenting system components, concepts, and processes
  • Demonstrated ability to apply configuration management techniques and practices to engineering artifacts
  • Familiarity with data center operations

The following, while not required, would also be helpful:

  • HPC experience
  • Working knowledge of network topologies (I.e., Ethernet, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, etc.)
  • Experience in troubleshooting compute, storage, and networking components
  • Familiarity with server architectures, switch components, storage devices, etc.

Candidates must also have impeccable ethics and integrity with an excellent work ethic as well as strong interpersonal and written skills and the ability to work well in a team environment.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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