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Research Systems Engineer

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Information Technology, Computer and Information Science

Department: Information Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $85,000 - $95,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA10-Fiscal Year 2023-2024
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

UPDATE: July 14, 2024; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, submit a complete application that includes an online application, resume, and cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications.

Department Summary

Research Advanced Computing Services (RACS), a department within Information Services, works across the University to help support the computational, data, and technology needs of
our researcher community. RACS architects and manages high-performance computing systems, provides communication and outreach activities, and delivers individual consultation, support, and training to enable researchers to maximize their productivity in research and teaching.

Information Services (IS) is the central information technology organization at the University of Oregon, delivering a broad range of technology and services to the University. IS consists of four major functional areas: Customer Experience, which serves as the key contact point for interactions with campus clients and customers; Enterprise Solutions, which manages and supports applications, integration services, identity management and data management; Information Security, which helps protect virtual or physical information; and Technology Infrastructure, which provides engineering and support for research IT services and high-performance computing, networking, compute, storage, voice, data centers, audio-visual and classroom technologies, and UO staff supporting Link Oregon, Oregon’s state-wide research and education network.

Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon (UO) is a Carnegie R1 research university, a member of the 65-member Association of American Universities (AAU), and the state’s flagship campus. UO enrolls more than 22,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and 99 countries, and is an integral economic driver for the state, with an estimated $2.6 billion annual economic return to Oregon. In FY 2022, the University received $180M in competitively awarded research grants and contacts. The University’s teaching and research faculty total nearly 2,000. Since 2014, UO has operated under an independent governing structure that supports its ability to chart new directions, improve entrepreneurial activity, and invent creative programming. Since then, the University has raised over $3.2 billion in support of partnerships and opportunities in academic, research, and innovation excellence. Recent efforts include new initiatives focused on the environment, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the humanities, as well as an interdisciplinary data-science initiative.

UO is proud of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, a $1.5B initiative specifically designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. Rooted in the University of Oregon’s 60-year history of interdisciplinary collaboration, the Knight Campus catalyzes new research opportunities, forges partnerships with industrial and clinical practitioners, and provides integrated experiential training for the next generation of citizen scientists and entrepreneurs. Initial faculty expertise is in areas such as regenerative medicine, human performance, biofunctional materials, medical devices and biosensors, neural engineering, protein engineering and synthetic biology. The Department of Bioengineering will be housed in the Knight Campus’ spectacular new building that opened in 2020. A second 175,000 square foot building is scheduled for completion in 2025.

In addition to transformative investments in Eugene, UO is developing its presence in Portland, OR at both downtown and northeast campuses, creating an urban laboratory for professional degree programs managed in close partnership with industry expertise.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Research Advanced Computing Services, the Research Systems Engineer will provide leadership in the design and implementation of hardware and cluster software subsystems including Infiniband networking, GPFS parallel file systems HPC queuing systems. The Research Systems Engineer serves as a member of the systems team to facilitate the administration; integration and maintenance of parallel high- performance computing systems; clusters; and other systems and peripherals, including advanced filesystems and InfiniBand networks. Responsibilities include maintaining and modifying large-scale cyberinfrastructure, diagnosing and resolving issues and determining solutions for system modifications.

The Research Systems Engineer will provide direction and strategic planning for security on the computational and data systems that support UO research needs. They will be the departmental expert on security, and primary interface to the ISO office. In addition, this position will be responsible for security decisions at a high level which have university-wide implications and impact. The Research Systems Engineer is responsible for understanding university-level research strategies and developing system security that provides needed security for current workloads. The design of security configuration for the HPC systems must also have the flexibility to support changes in restricted data as the University's research needs change. To enable the near- and long-term security goals of the HPC systems the Research Systems Engineer will develop, implement, and assess performance of the security configuration.

The Research Systems Engineer will also have a leadership role in the Research Advanced Computing Services departmental cloud strategy. Using their experience in moving workloads to cloud only platforms or providing bursting capabilities from the Talapas cluster to cloud resources, the Research Systems Engineer will evaluate and decide on cloud strategies based on their understanding of UO research needs. This position will have the authority, in discussions with researchers, to grant exceptions to the RACS cloud policies.

The Research Systems Engineer works with Information Services and Research Advanced Computing Services team members and leaders to accomplish complex system design, integration, deployment, administration projects, system performance analyses, and problem resolution. This position provides technical assistance and consultation for faculty, researchers, students, and technical staff on the use of high-performance computing platforms. The Research Systems Engineer will independently decide on the modification of systems based on researcher needs to provide the best possible support.

The Research Systems Engineer will be comfortable working and consulting with interdisciplinary researchers to evaluate the technical needs for computational research. Based on those needs, the Research Systems Engineer will make independent decisions on the design of new hardware to support researchers from a broad spectrum of departments and centers.

The Research Systems Engineer will be required to represent departmental and University research interests as they work with colleagues from across various support providers including the Research Advanced Computing Services team, Information Services, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and University Libraries. The Research Systems Engineer will work closely with advocates across campus to provide the best computing environments to support all research endeavors including data science, machine learning, and AI research.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of relevant experience or 6 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience must include:
• Experience with Linux systems administration in an HPC environment, AND/OR
• Experience supporting a diverse computational researcher user base

Professional Competencies

• Ability to work effectively with researchers, faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and act as a trusted advisor.
• Demonstrated problem solving skills with a sense of ownership, enthusiasm, and innovation.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to audiences with limited technical skills.
• Strong customer service orientation with attention to detail
• Ability to create and maintain technical documentation
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
• Ability to prioritize and communicate effectively while meeting deadlines and completing projects.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience in the design and deployment and management of Cyberinfrastructure (CI) systems in support of research
• Demonstrated history working with SLURM or other HPC scheduling system
• Demonstrated experience working with parallel and other distributed storage systems
• 2 years of experience with Active Directory, LDAP or other identity/access management services
• 2 years of experience in data and systems security in HPC and other research CI environments
• 2 years of experience in providing support for HPC workloads in the cloud

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://clery.uoregon.edu/annual-campus-security-and-fire-safety-report.

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