High Performance Computing (HPC) Administrator

Reading, Berkshire, UK
£41950 - £60000 per annum
19 May 2022
30 Jun 2022

High Performance Computing (HPC) Administrator

Location - Reading area (On-site role)

Package - £41,950 - £60,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year, including Bank Holidays, plus every other Friday off)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)

AWE's Physics department has an opportunity in our High Performance Computing (HPC) group for a system administrator to support AWE's HPC supercomputers and their user communities. You will be responsible for managing some of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK and supporting computational services that have essential roles for AWE's scientific and engineering communities. The roles we have available offer opportunities for career progression.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the planning, installation, testing and commissioning of new HPC systems
  • Provide day-to-day system administration support to in service HPC systems
  • Provide technical advice and support to HPC stakeholders
  • Configuration management of HPC platform hardware and software
  • Monitor the performance and the efficient resource usage of HPC systems
  • Development of in-house tools and procedures to support HPC platform management
  • Maintain an awareness of current and future developments in the HPC field
  • Support the functional specification and evaluation of future HPC procurements
  • Overseas travel to attend conferences and collaborative meetings

To be considered for this opportunity, you'll need the following:

  • Experience of LINUX/UNIX operating systems
  • Good scripting skills (preferably Python and Bash)
  • Knowledge of computer security concepts
  • Experience of first- and second-line user support
  • Able to work independently and unsupervised, as well as part of a team
  • Flexible, self-motivated and the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Good communication skills

The following would be advantageous:

  • Familiarity with C, C++, Fortran or similar high-level language
  • Experience of HPC clustered computing
  • Experience of parallel file systems (preferably Lustre)
  • Knowledge of parallel programming concepts
  • Familiarity with working in secure environments

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.