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HPC Administrator, User Support (3 year Limited Term)
University of Notre Dame

Date Posted Jul. 30, 2021
Title HPC Administrator, User Support (3 year Limited Term)
University University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN, United States
Application Deadline 8/19/2021
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Computing/Informational Services

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a HPC Administrator, User Support (3 year Limited Term).

Applications will be accepted until 8/19/2021.

This position focuses on supporting the High Performance Computing (HPC) environment under the direction of the Center for Research Computing (CRC). To support this environment, the HPC Administrator User Support assists junior and senior computational researchers to effectively leverage large-scale computing and storage infrastructure requiring expertise with Linux, multiple programming/scripting languages, grid-enabled middleware, common scientific applications, various architecture optimized compilers, efficient mathematical libraries/algorithms, and distributed/parallel file systems. This position utilizes a wide variety of skills in order to focus on HPC users' highly technical needs. It should be noted that this position might act as an administrator and do the work in the areas noted below or may act as a coordinator and enlist aid from department, college or peer institution colleagues in order to produce a world class HPC environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Support Ticket Resolution:The primary responsibility of this position is to provide technical support to users of our high performance computing resources. Issues are addressed through a combination of electronic mail, telephone, and in person meetings. Typical interactions include assessing obstacles to user access, managing and debugging complex job workflows, investigating system problems, and handling local or global application issues. Additionally, the candidate will be encouraged to update or enhance documentation for common resolutions.
Scientific software profiling, debugging and optimization: To ensure optimal and efficient usage of our resources, we will continually monitor systems for appropriate usage. When necessary, the candidate will meet with users to assist them in debugging, profiling and optimizing codes and workflows.
Teaching Undergraduate and New Graduate User Orientation Courses: The candidate will assist in weekly training of new users who come from both traditional and non-technical backgrounds. Occasionally, active participation in half to full-day workshops may be required. Ongoing maintenance of training materials as well as input and design on new methods of educating users is encouraged.
Other related as required: Responsibilities also include supporting other HPC staff, particularly as it relates to system performance, ongoing education of current practices and tools, as well as new technologies. Some non-standard work hours may be required on occasion.

This position is a 3 year limited term position with renewal possible.
US Citizenship required for Grant Funding.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in STEM field with a computational focus. Computer Science/Engineering degree preferred.

Knowledge and experience of one or more of the following, and capability to develop skills in other areas: common software development languages and tools; software design and architecture; parallel programming (primarily with MPI); grid computing, programming frameworks; numerical methods and algorithms; software debugging, profiling and optimization in an HPC environment; scientific visualization; experience with a variety of HPC applications.

Excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to pickup and learn general concepts and technologies quickly and independently.

Preferred Qualifications:

Good understanding of HPC environment including data visualization, distributed and parallel compilers and schedulers and optimizing and parallelizing compilers (C, C++). Good understanding of how scientists interact with the HPC environment both here at Notre Dame and at national supercomputing centers throughout the United States. A good working knowledge of distributed file systems is required. Red Hat experience a plus.

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual "Great Colleges to Work For" survey...and we are proud of it!

This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement
The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

Please apply online at to Job # S22651. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.


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