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Research Computing Storage Administrator

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Research Computing Storage Administrator primarily supports CU Boulder's "PetaLibrary" research data storage service (including both disk and tape components) and storage components of HPC, HTC, and condo compute clusters (including RMACC Summit and Alpine). This position is expected to work in collaboration with other administrators on the Research Computing team.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Office of Information Technology will be valued by campus as a strategic, inclusive and innovative partner in advancing learning and discovery in order to enable CU Boulder to be a premier public university.

The Office of Information Technology enables campus priorities by providing high-value IT services and solutions. 

Trust, as a foundation for how we engage with one another and with campus partners, along with 
  • Avid curiosity in how to better support the campus and our stakeholder's while 
  • Fostering empowerment and authentic engagement amongst ourselves and 
  • Celebrating inclusivity that promotes a sense of belonging while acknowledging that each person is unique and valued. 
OIT will advance learning and discovery by delivering high-value reliable IT services and solutions that:
  • Provide a fluid and adaptable academic and student experience 
  • Enable research competitiveness and 
  • Deliver core infrastructure and enterprise IT services for business effectiveness.
Based on our departmental goals and our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, OIT particularly welcomes applications from candidates whose knowledge, skills, and abilities, and desire to contribute to an inclusive campus environment, will help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Monitor storage infrastructure utilization and system metrics to anticipate and address failures within redundancy limits and develop automation for the monitoring and alerting process.
  • Participate in the implementation of storage expansion, upgrades, and other frontend and backend improvements.
  • Test and tune storage and data-transfer systems to increase performance and reliability.
  • 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.
  • Administer storage accounts and allocations.

What You Should Know

  • The position carries 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 in support of commitments Research Computing has made that many of its services will have “best effort” coverage outside of regular business hours.

What We Can Offer

  • Annual salary range for this position $70,000 to $80,000.


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 or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • 1+ years of professional, job related experience.

What You Will Need

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

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with hierarchical / tiered storage systems.
  • Experience with hardware and/or software RAID.
  • Experience with parallel file systems (e.g., Lustre, GPFS, BeeGFS).
  • Experience with network file systems and data transfer systems (e.g., NFS, SMB, Globus/GridFTP).
  • Experience monitoring and tuning TCP/IP networks.
  • Experience with systems monitoring tools and processes, including metrics and alerting.
  • Experience with one or more configuration management systems (Puppet or Ansible preferred).
  • Experience with revision control systems (git preferred).
  • Experience with data management systems (e.g., iRODS).
  • Experience providing end-user support using a ticket tracking system. 
  • Experience with clustered system services (e.g., corosync, pacemaker).
  • Experience with tape and tape library systems (LTO preferred).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by August 1, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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