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Education and Experience


Bachelor's degree and eight years of related increasingly technical work experience or a combination of education and relevant experience. Strong, demonstrated knowledge of Linux  and demonstrated experience managing multiuser compute clusters and associated storage environments are required as well.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Advanced knowledge of Linux and HPC cluster management and operation are required; experience managing, using, supporting and consulting on research computing cyberinfrastructure in an academic or research environment is strongly preferred. Proven ability to deliver outstanding system and service administration and end-user support in a thorough and timely manner is needed.  This position requires that you be able to juggle multiple competing priorities, work quickly and accurately, and demonstrate initiative in conceptualizing and moving technical projects successfully to completion.  The position must be able to do independent analysis, troubleshooting and problem resolution, but also must work collaboratively with other team members and across organizational group boundaries.  An essential component of the job is keeping up with and mastering current and emerging technologies to facilitate researchers’  computing work and also that streamline and automate system administration tasks; that requires a demonstrated passion for and curiosity about the breadth of HPC technologies and tools and also of technology trends in general.


This position requires hands-on experience building and supporting multi-tenant Linux servers/clusters and their associated networks, file systems and storage devices in production research environments. Specifically, this technical knowledge needed to be successful in this position includes:


  • Expert demonstrated knowledge of Linux and managing Linux-based environments, including securing systems, and day-to-day troubleshooting, monitoring, support, software packaging, and working within industry-wide best practices
  • Experience administering, configuring, and supporting systems with accelerators, and shared file systems and large-scale storage platforms. This includes hardware installation, configuration, upgrades and repairs
  • Knowledge of and experience utilizing data and system security techniques, practices and standards as they relate to multi-user systems, storage and networks
  • Hands-on experience installing, configuring and supporting job schedulers and resource managers (e.g., SLURM, OGE, LSF,  Torque, Maui, etc.) is desirable.
  • Familiarity with deploying virtualization technologies and basic knowledge of container technologies
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience using shells scripts (bash), programming languages (Python), and programming automated system management tools (e.g. Puppet)
  • Familiarity with TCP/IP, Internet Routing Protocols, private and public networks, VLANs, Firewalls, Load Balancers, addressing schemes, subnet creation and subnet masking. Proven ability to troubleshoot basic network issues and communicate and work with a team of network engineers to solve possible network design issues
  • Familiarity with the intersection of storage and networking disciplines: transport media, speeds of media, storage networks, IP based storage delivery, other storage delivery technologies
  • Experience with some the following applications: Git, Apache, Kerberos, LDAP
  • Software installation and maintenance experience supporting research codes and clients
  • Exceptional client service and communication, focusing on proactive system administrator actions and interactions to reduce or remove barriers to clients’ efficient use of resources to advance research




This position requires the ability to lift and manipulate storage and compute servers, rack and unrack equipment up to 40 pounds, and occasionally climb ladders.




This position requires the ability to lift and manipulate storage and compute servers up to 40 pounds, rack and unrack equipment, and occasionally climb ladders.  The position will support equipment in off-campus locations, so having a valid driver’s license is necessary.  The position is expected to respond to critical system problems off-hours and also must also be available for routine on-site system maintenance and patching, typically scheduled for evenings and weekends so to minimize the disruption of research work.  The position is expected to rotate on-call duties during winter break and other closures.




  • Interpersonal Skills:  Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/.


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  • Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
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Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.


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 the job.


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