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System Administrator/Devops Engineer

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University Of Southern California Riverside , CA 92501

Posted 3 months ago

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI operates one of the world's largest academic high-performance computing clusters. ISI has three research campuses: one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.

  • This position is located in Arlington, VA, with possibility to work remotely.*

The Center for Video, Image, Speech and Text Analytics (VISTA) is seeking a System Administrator/DevOps Engineer to support its high-performance compute cluster infrastructure. This is a large compute cluster containing 100+ GPUs, machines with high CPU counts and machines with a large amount of RAM, which supports a diverse collection of research teams at VISTA. We are looking for both full-time and part-time candidates.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Day to day maintenance of cluster, including responding to outages or disruptions

  • Management of our grid scheduler, including working with researchers to handle evolving needs related to scheduling jobs, e.g. job priorities, user & project-based resource quotas, etc

  • Working with researchers to guide future equipment purchases & grow the cluster in a way that meets their workload needs

  • Developing long-term vision for cluster, e.g. deciding on storage & network strategies that can help improve cluster utility

  • Proactively identify and resolve system reliability and performance concerns.

  • Provide analytical and technical expertise on system integration, installation, replacement and upgrades of servers and operating systems.

  • Develop and maintain appropriate system documentation. Formulate standards for system management

Important skills needed for this job include:


  • Experience with Linux (CentOS,Ubuntu) server management

  • Experience with industry leading network equipment; Palo Alto Networks, Arista, Cisco Networks

  • Hands on experience in building fault-tolerant and scalable systems

  • Experience with automation and orchestration, e.g. Chef, Puppet, Ansible, shell scripting, python

  • Experience provisioning Linux clusters

  • Managing common open source software dependencies, and comfort with building open source dependencies from source code when needed

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


  • Public cloud administration and architecture, e.g. AWS, Azure, etc

  • Metrics collection, centralized logging, and trending/alerting tools

  • Virtualization: e.g. VMWare vSphere, KVM, and/or OpenStack

  • Containerization, e.g. docker

Strong candidates will be self-motivated and ready to engage in lively technical give-and-take.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Expert understanding and strong technical knowledge of and experience with systems administration, backups, operating systems programming languages and associated hardware platforms. Possesses the required knowledge to build, configure, load and restore a system from the ground up. Previous systems administration experience required.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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