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Research Computing Storage Administrator

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Research Computing Storage Administrator is a key member of the University of Colorado Research Computing team. This position performs independently, with primary responsibility for the "PetaLibrary" research data storage service, and coordinates with other HPC systems and network administrators to provide access to storage resources. The position carries secondary responsibility for HPC scratch storage and other storage resources. 

Who We Are

OIT Research Computing provides training and consulting in the area of computational science and engineering and data management to CU Boulder researchers and students. OIT Research Computing offers a supercomputer, a research data storage service, data sharing support, and a friction free network for large data transfers as well as consulting services for students and faculty. Research computing is a dynamic and collaborative organization whose aim is to serve the campus by contributing to the research and academic mission. It collaborates closely with the CU Boulder Libraries as part of the joint Center for Research Computing and Digital Scholarship

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Monitor storage infrastructure utilization and system metrics to anticipate and address failures within redundancy limits; develop automation for the monitoring and alerting process.
  • Plan and implement storage expansion, upgrades, and other frontend and backend improvements.
  • Test and tune storage and data-transfer systems to increase performance and reliability. Identify and address performance bottlenecks.
  • Maintain and/or create documentation in support of the research computing infrastructure, particularly with regard to storage and data transfer systems, including both internal and user-facing documentation.
  • Advise and assist regarding configuration, maintenance, and monitoring of the RC Science Network.

What You Should Know

This position carries with it a general expectation to respond to critical issues and incidents that arise outside of normal business hours within a reasonable time frame, as defined by the position's supervisor. This expectation is consistent with commitments RC has made with customers that many of its services will have "best effort" coverage outside of regular business hours.

What We Can Offer

Salary for this position will be market-based, competitive and commensurate with background, education and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's Degree in science, engineering, or other related field. A combination of education and relevant experience as described below may be substituted for the degree on a year for year basis.
  • Detailed knowledge of, and 5 years professional experience in, a combination of the following:
    • Management and operation of ZFS in any Unix environment (e.g., Solaris, BSD, or Linux).
    • Management and operation of networked storage systems in a Linux or other Unix environment (Red Hat Enterprise Linux preferred).
    • Management and operation of aggregate storage systems, including one or more of RAID and clustered object storage.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a many-user networked Linux or Unix environment, including a mixture of unprivileged and privileged access.
  • Exceptional ability to work effectively both within a team and also independently, as circumstances warrant.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through with assignments and commitments in a timely and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work from a set of requirements to assemble an independently-proposed solution.

What We Would Like You To Have

Experience with some or all of the following:
  • Hierarchical / tiered storage systems.
  • Hardware and/or software RAID.
  • Parallel file systems (e.g., Lustre, GPFS, BeeGFS).
  • Network file system clients or access systems (e.g., NFS, GPFS, Globus/GridFTP).
  • Working directly with TCP/IP and Ethernet technology.
  • Systems monitoring technology and processes, including metrics and alerting.
  • One or more configuration management systems (Puppet or Ansible preferred).
  • One or more distributed revision control systems (git preferred).
  • Parallel data transfer systems (Globus/GridFTP preferred).
  • Data management systems (e.g., iRODS).
  • Ticket tracking system to effectively interface with end-users and other team members.
  • Clustered system services (e.g., corosync, pacemaker).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Please apply by September 22, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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