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3314 - Scientific application/Infrastructure specialist

Posted on Nov 20, 2019 by NextLink Solutions

Basel, Switzerland
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

12 month+ HPC migration project

The position will involve working with our scientists on their Linux application needs and translating this to core infrastructure needs provided in partnership with our service providers

Candidates must have strong knowledge of Linux system administration, scientific application build and tuning, high performance compute/storage systems, cloud technologies, Scripting and a DevOps approach to platform.

General information

Start date: 01.01.2020
End date: 31.12.2021
Extension: currently no extension planned
Workload: 100%
Work location: Basel
Travel: 5%
Team: 8

Tasks & Responsibilities

Support an HPC migration project moving workloads to shared platforms including on premise HPC, container orchestration platform (k8s) and public cloud offerings
Contribute to HPC/Scientific workflow and job submission optimization activities
Experience giving training courses and developing material on complex applications and platforms
Work with operational team on delivery/support of the scientific Linux application environment

Technical Skills (must have):

At least 3 years of administering Linux HPC environments (*)
Experience of Linux build and packaging tools (Make, CMake, Easybuild, RPM, Yum)(*)
Proven experience working with installing and configuring scientific applications particularly on a Linux/Unix platform, examples: Schrodinger, Moe, Bowtie, Gromacs, R, Python, Matlab, Topspin, Pipeline Pilot (*)
DevOps approach: configuration management (eg puppet), automated build/release test & deployment (eg Jenkins, git) (*)
Cloud technologies, infrastructure/platform as a service, AWS, Google, Azure (*)

Other Skills:

Experience in fast changing environments where solutions are deployed and retired at high pace.
Problem solving attitude
Senior level technical operational skills, such as troubleshooting, capacity planning, and root cause analysis
Writing application and platform documentation
Performing platform and application benchmarking
User training and education experience
Excellent customer orientation and delivery focus with good end user perspective
Scientific knowledge or awareness - bioinformatics, cheminformatics, life sciences
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Advanced English language skill is a must
Ability to work effectively within a team, including virtual teams
Clear goal orientation and supportive of change
Proactivity, with a clear ability to think beyond boundaries, take controlled risks and assume responsibilities
Desirable understanding of Computer Systems Validation and ITIL concepts
Experience in a global organization, working in an international and multicultural environment is considered a valuable asset
Active open source contributor

Nice to Haves

Technical Skills;

Experience working with Parallel Filesystem (eg Lustre, GPFS) and Scale-out NAS (eg Isilon)
Understanding of object storage, S3, swift
Workload management, queue configuration (eg SLURM, LSF, Torque)
Virtualization and containerisation awareness, tools including kubernetes, docker, singularity
Knowledge of parallel programming techniques and tuning, openmp, mpi
Knowledge of HPC cluster build and management tools (eg bright, xcat)
Knowledge of HPC infrastructure components, infiniband networking, GPUs
Scripting: Shell, python, Perl
Big Data frameworks (eg Hadoop, Mapreduce, Spark)
Monitoring tools/frameworks (eg nagios, ganglia, elk)
Programming skills in high level languages such as Java or C++
Professional Linux/Unix Certifications

Other Skills:

Pharma Experience
German Language

Preferred industry background;


Reference: 799048746

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