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System Administrator for Research Cyberinfrastructure

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Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18045
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Dorie Seymour

Classification Title
Working Title System Administrator for Research Cyberinfrastructure
Brief Position Overview

The Systems Administrator for Research Cyberinfrastructure will deploy, administer, and update large-scale research systems, related infrastructure services, grid software stacks, and operating systems. The position will be responsible for components of Montana State’s computational research environment (, and will work closely with researchers, systems administrators, and developers throughout the University and partner institutions. Consults with multiple IT colleagues, external research groups, and grant-funded initiatives ( Administers existing individual and cluster infrastructure technologies, and researches/prototypes new systems and technologies. Participates in national computing activities by attending workshops, conferences, and potentially presenting research. The person in this position may work extended hours as required, when core systems are down. The system administrator in this position will be on-call periodically and could be required to respond to emergency situations at all hours of the day and night.

Position Number 4C0143
Department University Information Technology
Division University Services
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $75,000-80,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The System Administrator for Research Cyberinfrastructure is responsible for the technical implementation and maintenance of Montana State University’s Research Cyberinfrastructure computing environment and related infrastructure services.

This position reports to the Lead System Administrator for Research Cyberinfrastructure within University Information Technology (UIT), providing central research technology services to Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

System Administration & Development

  • Administer, design, and deploy infrastructure, middleware, and software to support Montana State University’s production research computing cyberinfrastructure.
  • Design and prototype new systems, and write technical proposals/reports for possible implementation.
  • Develop programs, tools, and system automation for the University’s individual and cluster research systems, including software deployment, compilation and installation of modules, and systems management frameworks.
  • Utilize creativity and innovation to solve problems raised by usage of cutting edge research and technology as it relates to scientific exploration.
  • Configure hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage, etc. in accordance with standards and project/operational requirements.
  • Research, configure, implement and manage ongoing operations of Enterprise


  • Work collaboratively with UIT staff, faculty, and IT staff from other institutions to research and implement high-performance cluster or distributed computing technologies.
  • Collaborate with staff at partner institutions to deploy and maintain research computing technologies.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff on the Bozeman campus to develop and deploy cutting-edge technology, supporting scientific exploration; participate in writing grants and articles for publication
  • Coordinate with UIT to maximize performance and utilization of research cyberinfrastructure.


  • Provide guidance to IT colleagues, interfacing new computational technologies with existing systems, commercial software, and operational policies and procedures.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Combination of education and/or applicable experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, or other related field and/or advanced experience working with Linux and related infrastructure services in an enterprise production environment.
  2. Experience with Linux operating system administration and automation supporting scientific or research computing environment.; TCP/IP networking, system troubleshooting, and performance tuning.; security concepts including firewall and server hardening configurations; familiarity with modern large-scale scientific computing systems including: system design with extensive understanding of software architecture and abstraction patterns.
  3. Experience with programming in at least C/C++, Perl, Python, Ruby, or Bash.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, or related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be accepted.
  2. Experience working on technical proposals and supporting and leading active research projects.
  3. Understanding of High Performance Computing (HPC) applications or workflows, types of scientific computing and relevant benchmarks.
  4. Experience with grid, job scheduling, and/or support software (e.g., PBS, Condor, Torque, Globus)
  5. Familiarity with high-performance interconnects (e.g., RDMA, high-speed ethernet), high performance storage, and/or distributed storage systems.
  6. Familiarity with data intensive research networking, including perfSonar, ScienceDMZ, GridFTP, etc.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have the ability to be a forward, creative, positive, and flexible thinker; exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
  • Work effectively and collaborate with University IT staff in a team oriented environment.
  • Ability to analyze system components and support options to break down and resolve
  • Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently managing competing technical priorities.
  • Skilled at communicating technical knowledge verbally and written to technical and non-technical personnel.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:

  • Use monitor, keyboard, and mouse for long periods of time.
  • Move 50 pounds or more on an occasional basis.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on August 31, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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