High Performance and Research Computing Manager (Research Fellow)

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Post Title: High Performance and Research Computing Manager

SBU/Department: School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science

FTE: 1.0fte (working 37 hours a week)

Duration of Contract: Permanent

Salary: UH7 £35,333 per annum to £42,155 per annum dependent on skills and experience

Location: College Lane Campus, Hatfield

The School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science (SPECS) is seeking to appoint a High Performance and Research Computing Manager to support research and both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. SPECS has a strong portfolio of research covering everything from dark matter research to autonomous vehicles. Our diverse research environment makes heavy use of our high-performance computing facility, which also supports undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We currently operate a 6000-core Linux-based HPC facility that was designed and built within the School and are expanding storage, GPU and CPU capacity, and software support.

Main duties and responsibilities

This is an opportunity to gain and apply experience across every facet of research HPC. General duties and responsibilities involve:

•Maintenance of our existing cluster and overseeing upgrades of storage, compute nodes, networking and scheduler systems;

•Troubleshooting and problem-solving, including software, monitoring and middleware;

•Support and development for research, commercial usage, and for novel applications of the cluster, and for developing HPC use within business and strategic plans;

•Support for students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including development of how-to guides and teaching materials if necessary;

•Managing the cluster budget, using the procurement system, and responding to purchasing requests;

•Developing environmentally friendly strategies, reducing emissions and following appropriate legislation as required.

Please note that while this role has a core set of responsibilities, and is primarily a technical professional role, there is scope for developing your own goals and interests. This may include personal research (in areas currently supported by SPECS), academic duties such as teaching or supervision, project management training, or other interests if applicable.

Skills and experience required

Are you a project manager with a technical background and an interest in developing your own research? Or perhaps you are a researcher with an eye for detail and an interest in a hybrid career between academia and research facilities management?

Ideally you will have experience of high-performance computing in a research or commercial setting but strong Linux system administration is essential, as is demonstrable experience of technical problem-solving, ideally in a user support role. You should have strong project management experience, including handling budgets and working with a range of stakeholders. You will have demonstrable proficiency in English Language, with excellent oral and written communication skills.

Additionally, knowledge of some or all of the following areas will be required: job scheduling (PBS systems, Slurm), distributed filesystems, server maintenance, MPI, specialist software (ANSYS, StarCCM+, others), coding (shell scripting, python, others), networking (infiniband, ethernet). While every HPC system is different and some training will be available, you should feel confident in your ability to step into the role.

Qualifications required

You will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a numerate discipline, or equivalent experience. A doctorate in a STEMM subject area is desirable.

Please view the job description and person specification for a full list of the duties and essential criteria.Please attach a personal statement showing clearly how your skills and experience match the Person Specification.

An appointment to this role may require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Head of Department of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics: Prof. Martin Hardcastle ([email protected])

Closing Date: 30 March 2023

Interview Date: TBC

Reference Number: 049055

Date advert placed: 10 March 2023

Our vision is to transform lives: UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics, and recognise there are different ways applicants may achieve the criteria in this document. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave, flexible location opportunities within the UK, discounted Sports Village memberships and free Active Staff sessions, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts

Apply online at https://www.jobs.herts.ac.uk/go/049055

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