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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Physics is seeking a Research Computer Specialist to oversee the computing needs of the UM ATLAS program, the UM ATLAS program, especially the ATLAS Great Lakes Tier-2 (AGLT2), including hardware, software, file systems and necessary upgrades.


  • Maintain CFEngine3 configuration software used for all servers. Maintain AGLT2 Condor configuration via CFEngine3 and other means. Maintain the Lustre file system used by local ATLAS personnel.
  • Aid in defining new hardware needs and purchases, and install, configure and integrate new equipment as it arrives at UM. Oversee maintenance and repair AGLT2 hardware as issues arise, eg, disk  failures.
  • Coordinate with MSU AGLT2 personnel in regard to their work on AGLT2. Organize bi-weekly AGLT2 personnel meeting. Organize weekly UM AGLT2 personnel meeting. Draft initial versions of AGLT2 quarterly and annual reports.
  • Manage UM desktops (Linux) used by ATLAS physicists and students. Work with UM ATLAS physicists and students in regard to their work on cluster and desktop hardware. This includes helping them to find, and either install or configure needed software.
  • Upgrade software as needed, always keeping in mind the impact on UM ATLAS personnel. Work with AGLT2 director on all aspects of AGLT2 not specifically detailed above.  This includes a variety of software not specifically listed here, and other projects undertaken by the director.
  • Coordinate as needed with the UM Physics office of computing, CaTS. Coordinate as needed with the College IT staff. 
  • Supervise undergraduate workers. 

Required Qualifications*

Requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field and 2-3 years computer/research experience. Must be able to analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and make independent decisions on matters of significance. Skill in bash shell programming, an understanding of the basics of naively parallel systems such as the AGLT2 batch clusters, knowledge of python, and knowledge of Dell and other switch programming is required.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree or higher preferred. Experience in an academic setting and knowledge of University policies and procedures is highly preferred.

Work Schedule

40 hours per week, Monday through Friday 8-5 pm

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.