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HPC System Manager

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

Job description

PDC is expanding its group of system administrators. We are looking for two new system managers to become an integral part of our System Operations team currently consisting of eight people, running PDC's computational and storage infrastructure. The work includes administration of the HPC and storage infrastructures and services, development of these services based on user needs and technological advances, and close interaction with the PDC application experts, users and suppliers of computing systems and software.

PDC operates state-of-the-art computational and storage resources for a variety of scientific application domains, including mechanics, computational chemistry, life sciences and physics. PDC's current flagship system is an HPE Cray EX system with 1270 nodes and 62 GPU nodes with close to 500 GPUs, making the system the most powerful academic computer in Sweden.

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What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future.
  • Opportunities to attend training and conferences.
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment.
  • Work in Stockholm , in close proximity to nature.

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  • An academic degree in computer/computing science or in an area that uses HPC calculations or equivalent experience/skills.
  • Extensive experience using, deploying, and administrating large Linux-based systems and services, as well as experience operating large HPC systems, preferably in an academic/research environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of Linux, standard programming and scripting languages.
  • A good command of English. However, it is not necessary to be able to speak Swedish as PDC is an international environment and the work language is English. 

Preferred qualifications

Experience of:

  • Cluster management systems (e.g. HPCM, Xcat).
  • Management of physical server infrastructure (e.g. IPMI, Redfish).
  • HPC-specific APIs and technologies (e.g. Slurm, MPI, OpenMP, CUDA).
  • Virtualisation (e.g. OpenStack, Docker, Singularity).
  • Storage systems and technologies (e.g. Lustre, TSM).
  • Networking (High speed interconnects, TCP/IP, LAN, WAN).
  • Computer hall infrastructure. 

It is very important that you are able to both work well independently and collaborate effectively. Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

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To apply for the position

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • a personal letter describing why the applicant is interested in this position. 

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the instructions in the ad. Your complete application must be received by KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The employment is valid until further notice (permanent post) according to agreement.
The employment begins with a six-month probationary period.

Other information

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About KTH

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Åsa Andersson, gruppchef
Maria Engman, HR