High Performance Computer System Operator
School of Chemistry
Reference No. 116910
The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney is currently seeking a High Performance Computer Systems Officer to provide system administration for a 600-node cluster serving a number of research groups in Science, Engineering and Pharmacy, and to provide excellent user support to Theoretical Chemistry computational research staff and students.
In addition to managing a recently purchased Linux cluster serving a variety of computational research projects (involving single CPU and parallel algorithms), you will display initiative and confidence when administering file backup, installing Theoretical Chemistry application software and preparing user guides and related documentation. In addition, you will apply your analytical and detail-oriented nature towards the preparation of reports for the management committee on facility utilisation, including usage statistics and performance metrics.
This role is suited to someone who is able to make sound decisions and apply a technical mind-set to theoretical projects while maintaining a consistent focus on high quality. You'll know how to transfer research challenges into supercomputing-related positive outcomes by extracting relevant information from users, and be able to display a consistent level of maturity and initiative when supporting others. Furthermore, your high-level communication skills will see you effectively assist Chemistry staff with the maintenance and running of application software, as well as respond to operations and resource related user queries and set-up accounts for new users.
To succeed, you will hold a degree in a scientific or technical discipline such as Information Technology or another SGI system related discipline (e.g., physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, geosciences or pharmacy) and a relevant postgraduate degree. You will also need a background in science or engineering-based computational research, managing a multi-user support system, providing user support, theoretical chemistry research, Linux and Unix administration, programming in C and/or Fortran, and parallel programming. Equally as important will be your ability to understand scientific research and demonstrate a passion for utilising technology to find new scientific theories and produce revolutionary scientific outcomes.
This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented individual looking for a position within a rigorous intellectual and academic environment. You will be encouraged to play an important role in developing the facilities to support our growing research efforts, and contribute your strong skill-set towards our advancement as a national leader in computation-based research in the physical sciences.
The position is full-time continuing, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.
Remuneration package: $73,679 - $80,267 p.a. (which includes a base salary Level 7 $62,260 - $67,827 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation). Specific enquiries about the role can be directed to Fabrice Noel on 02 9036 7295 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 9 December 2007
The University is a non-smoking workplace and is committed to the policies and principles of equal employment opportunity and cultural diversity. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment for financial or other reasons.