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LIGO High Performance Computing (HPC) Operations Engineer

LIGO High Performance Computing (HPC) Operations Engineer


University Park Campus

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Senior Vice President for Research


Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

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** Open Until Filled **

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ICDS seeks a talented and goal-oriented individual to join our Operations Team as a High-Performance Computing (HPC) Operations Engineer. The Operations Team includes a group of HPC engineers to assist in the design, development, and implementation of engineered solutions to support the scientific goals of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project.

Penn State is a research powerhouse, and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences supports a broad swath of this research—from studying the origins of far-away galaxies to developing materials for next-generation energy production, and from looking at ways to overcome misinformation and societal discord, to understanding how communities worldwide can adapt to a changing climate. ICDS works with researchers from more than 70 academic departments from nearly all of Penn State’s academic colleges and campuses, facilitating new collaborations, funding new areas of research, collaborating to overcome computational and data science challenges, building a diverse community of scholars, and providing a robust supercomputer for the Penn State community, called Roar. ICDS seeks to equip researchers with the most cutting-edge computing tools and resources to further their science, and as a part of ICDS, you will be contributing to this goal.

As the LIGO HPC Operations Engineer, you will:

  • Assist in providing solutions to ensure the prompt availability of data from the world-wide gravitational-wave detector network to Penn State resources and for ensuring compatibility with specific gravitational wave analysis software

  • Analyze the ICDS LIGO cluster and assist in the design, development and implementation of engineered solutions that enhance the LIGO high-performance research infrastructure.

  • Proactively contribute to engineering plans, schedules, requirements, and documentation for system enhancements

  • Collaborate with team members, scientific researchers, and vendors to analyze system issues and develop innovative solutions

  • Assist in developing engineering methods to pro-actively monitor and enhance LIGO performance, operability, and stability

  • Create and update system and operational documentation

Candidates must be able to demonstrate experience in the following areas:

  • An understanding of Linux environments

  • An understanding of programming techniques

Desired qualifications and skills include:

  • Working knowledge of the Open Science Grid (OSG), working knowledge of programming common Linux scripting languages, such as Bash, Python, Perl, Ruby

  • Experience with programming languages, such as C/C++, FORTRAN, CUDA, MPI, OpenMP

  • experience in High Performance Computing (HPC) engineered components, such as storage systems, cluster computing, networking

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering or Science discipline

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

At this time, work for this position has the potential to be performed in a hybrid model with a combination of remote and on-campus presence.

Specific duties of this position require US citizenship.

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