Ref. No.
NUIG RES 106-21
Closing Date
29 June 2021, 5.00pm

HPC System Administrator

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Research Associate with the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is available from June 2021 for 15 months and based at our offices in Dublin or Galway.

Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

ICHEC is Ireland’s national centre for High-Performance Computing (HPC) providing digital infrastructure capabilities and expertise through R&D engagements and skills development programmes to academia, industry and public sector organisations.

With a highly ambitious leading-edge Strategy for 2021-2025, ICHEC provides infrastructure services and expertise in HPC and data intelligence to develop efficient platforms, solutions and services based on technologies including AI, high performance data analytics, Earth Observation, quantum computing and cybersecurity across a number of sectors including environmental sciences, healthcare, agriculture, energy, financial services and ICT.

ICHEC works in close partnership with a number of national and international researchers, enterprises and public authorities for joint R&D, skills development, and provisioning HPC and data services to accelerate their digital transformation and green transition.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will join the tightly knit Systems Team in a stimulating and varied role providing a great opportunity to research and develop new skills with exposure to a diverse set of exciting new technologies.

Duties: The Systems Team oversees the successful operation of base infrastructure services at ICHEC in a predominantly Linux and Open Source ecosystem. This involves the management of virtual infrastructure, physical servers, HPC and large storage systems, spread across multiple datacentres with an increasing usage of public cloud services such as AWS in addition. The team is also responsible for delivering all internal ICT services including backups, web applications, email, Office 365, G-Suite, eduroam/WiFi, monitoring (e.g. Nagios, Grafana), logging (e.g. ELK stack), authentication (e.g. LDAP, SSO), issue tracking (e.g. RT, GitLab, Mantis). The role will involve exposure to and involvement with all of the above services and technology but will have a particular emphasis on supporting the national HPC service for academic research.

The Systems Team values communication and knowledge sharing with daily standup meetings to discuss any immediate issues as well as organising the research and development of new services. Continuous improvement in service delivery is a core value and we are very open to new technology and processes.  We promote a healthy work/life balance and while work outside of standard hours may be required on occasion, it is rare and agreed in advance.

Qualifications/ Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  1. A Bachelor's Degree with experience of at least 4 years in Computer Science/Engineering, or a related discipline.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate the following skills profile:
    1. Advanced Linux systems administration skills with at least 4 years practical experience.
    2. Good knowledge and experience in HPC specific technology including parallel filesystems, batch scheduling systems and cluster management software
    3. Good knowledge of local area networking and network services such as DNS.
    4. Good knowledge of security principles and practices.
    5. Experience deploying configuration management and monitoring tools.
    6. Systematic approach to trouble shooting and problem solving.
  3. Applicants must have excellent communication and organizational skills; be highly motivated and able to work autonomously.

Desirable Requirements:

  1. Experience with AWS and OpenStack IaaS platforms.
  2. Experience supporting academic research HPC operations.

Salary: €44,659 to €50,031 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from June 2021 for 15 months, renewable based on funding availability.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see for further information.

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Further information about ICHEC is available at

To Apply:

Applications to include a 1-page covering letter summarising your suitability and motivation for the role, CV (max. 3 pages), and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in a single PDF only) to

Please put reference number NUIG RES 106-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Tuesday, 29th June 2021

Due to the University closure related to COVID-19, interviews may have to take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment. National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

NUI Galway reserves the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.