HPC Systems Engineer - NIWA (New Zealand)

NIWA is a leading environmental and natural resource science institute and key provider of atmospheric, freshwater and marine research and consultancy services in New Zealand.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced engineer to make a significant contribution to the New Zealand (NZ) research landscape by working within the National eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).

The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (htltps://www.nesi.org.nz/) is a collaboration of five institutions, including the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), working in partnership with the Crown, to provide High Performance Computing (HPC), analytics, and consultancy services to the NZ Research sector, and industry. NeSI's primary aim is to grow the computing and analytics capability of researchers to ensure New Zealand's future prosperity.

A key component of NIWA's research infrastructure is the High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF) (http://www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/hpcf), which is used to support research activities in climate, chemistry climate, weather, river flood, sea state, ocean, sea-level, and inundation modelling and forecasting, as well as an operational environmental forecasting system (EcoConnect). Within the National eScience Infrastructure (https://www.nesi.org.nz/) the system also supports the High Performance Computing (HPC) requirements of researchers within the national research community.

We are seeking a Systems Engineer for our HPCF Operations Group, part of the NeSI (national) Platforms Service. In this role you will provide systems support to operational and science users. Daily monitoring and maintenance of systems, servers, storage and services, for correct functionality and optimum performance are key responsibilities of this position. There will also be an opportunity to help us extend and enhance OpenStack deployments from the bare metal.

We are looking for an operations expert with a few years of experience in Cluster management and operating Openstack environment who also has:

- a tertiary qualification in computer science and/or other sciences, and equivalent work experience in System Administration, Development, IT Operations / DevOps.
- a solid understanding of Linux / UNIX preferably in HPC service, datacentre, or cloud computing environment.
- parallel filesystem knowledge (GPFS, Spectrum Scale, Spectrum Scale Protect).
- strong scripting skills; we love to automate! Provisioning systems, configuration and change management (Python, Ansible, Puppet)
- an understanding of networking fundamentals and protocols (Including InfiniBand).

You are a team player, excellent at troubleshooting, root cause analysis and generally love to solve technical problems. You will have strong communication skills both written and verbal and be able to articulate technical and non-technical concepts. You will also be passionate about technology and committed to continuously improving.

NIWA offers competitive remuneration and benefits, an attractive waterfront location with free parking and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, national, and professional team.

A job description, online applications and further information about NIWA can be found at https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/niwa/niwa-jobs

Applications close 2 July 2017