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To be considered, a cover letter and resume are required.  The cover letter must be the leading page of your resume and should:

  • Specifically outline the reasons for your interest in the position and
  • Outline your particular skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Starting salaries will vary depending upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

**Note:  This is a full-time (40 hrs/wk), term-limited appointment ending after two (2) years with the intent to re-evaluate for potential extension.**

Job Summary

Information and Technology Services (ITS) has an exciting opportunity for a High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Administrator Associate in Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services (ARC-TS). This position will report to the High Performance Computing Operating Systems Manager.
This position is responsible for building, operating, and supporting research computing platforms on premise and in the cloud.  These platforms can consist of High Performance Computing (HPC) Linux clusters, High Throughput Computing (HTC), and monitoring/logging systems (Elasticsearch, Graphite, etc.).  Additionally, this position will work closely with team members to build and operate supporting tools and infrastructure that ARC-TS uses to automate, monitor, and improve existing processes. The position will work closely with ARC-TS team members with input from unit support staff to provide the next generation of research computing infrastructure and to meet the changing needs of faculty and researchers.


ITS supports U-M faculty, researchers, staff, and students in their use of technology to teach, learn, research, and work, and be leaders in their fields. We are dedicated to creating cohesive digital experiences and enabling university wide innovations by:

  • Elevating the customer experience by providing proactive, laser focused customer service
  • Providing appropriate IT security and privacy in an open university society, while enabling innovation
  • Supporting data-informed decision making
  • Delivering intuitive research computing solutions
  • Building a world-class, transformational network and reliable administrative systems

In addition, we value those that proactively solve challenges, work with a sense of urgency, and seek a collaborative and inclusive work environment. 

ITS’s mission is to be trusted enablers of technology for the U-M community. ITS works together to provide cohesive digital experiences and seamless support to the U-M community. To learn more, visit:

Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services (ARC-TS) is the University of Michigan's research IT provider specializing in High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data (Hadoop/Spark/etc), high speed networking, storage, and other technologies to accelerate the research mission of the institution. For more information about ARC-TS visit our website:


You are energized by working with a collaborative team and industry peers to support the university mission through innovative and appropriate use of technology. You seek understanding and to tackle projects and problems with your customers’ needs in mind. You anticipate problems and work proactively to preempt challenges and concerns, delivering increasingly relevant customer experiences over time. You value a culture that is rooted in mutual respect, where you can learn from different perspectives, roles, and identities.

You have at least one (1) year of experience in a production Linux environment, excellent troubleshooting skills, a strong understanding of bash/shell, and either Perl or Python.


Operating system support

  • Monitoring HPC systems for availability and providing remediation
  • Updating system software
  • Node provisioning and de-provisioning
  • Create and maintain documentation
  • Backups
  • Automation (scripts, Kickstart, Ansible, etc)

User support for systems related issues

  • Installing and debugging software
  • Assisting users in troubleshooting batch compute jobs
  • Investigate ways to improve user experience

Operational support

  • Database design and operation
  • Engineering solutions around logging, metrics, and system health
  • Improving systems and software automation

 Collaboration and research

  • Work with other ARC-TS and ARC-TS affiliated persons to support computational research around the University.
  • Stay abreast of programming and  application trends in scientific hardware and environments. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • One (1) or more years of experience in a production Linux environment
  • Understanding of bash/shell, and one of Perl or Python
  • Ability to creatively improve workflows and processes
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to manage priorities in the face of multiple requests and projects
  • Ability to self direct as well as participate in a larger distributed support structure
  • Demonstrated effective creative problem solving and flexibility when collaborating with customers, team members support teams, external vendors, and technical organizations to understand, advocate for, evaluate, and support enhancements, resulting in plans and services that leverage the capabilities of existing technology and meet customer and organizational expectations
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills including strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively through all levels of management and matrix organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external customers in a manner that consistently meets the organization’s expectations for exemplary customer service
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and independent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to influence others in the building and maintaining consensual approach with a wide array of diverse business interests

Desired Qualifications*

  • Understanding of Unix/Linux TCP/IP networking
  • Familiar with batch computing environments (Slurm, Torque, HT-Condor)
  • Experience with revision control systems (Git, SVN, etc.)
  • Understanding of security practices in a shared environment
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience with configuration management and system provisioning methods and tools
  • Experience with Linux Kernel modules, preferably for Lustre, Intel Xeon PHIs, NVIDIA GPUs, and Mellanox InfiniBand cards
  • Experience with X-Cat, Kickstart, or Ansible
  • Experience providing IT support in an academic environment
  • Experience with logging and metric tools such as Elasticsearch, Logstash, or Graphite
  • Experience with compute health monitoring systems such as Sensu or Nagios/Icinga Experience with Intel Xeon PHI or GPU Accelerators
  • Familiar with any of C/C++, MATLAB, Fortran, R, CUDA, or OpenACC

Additional Information

Information and Technology Services is excited to be filling 40-plus positions this fall to support the missions of the university through the innovative and appropriate use of technology. We have been strategic in our hiring over the last two years in order to fund and invest in our future with these key positions. As a valued team member, you will help create and run the technology that powers the University of Michigan – supporting the students, faculty, and staff who are helping to improve the world!  

Physical Demands / Work Environment

Punctual, regular and consistent attendance is required; may require on-call availability and may require working during non-business hours and on weekends; may require travel to various locations on and off university campus, staff members are required to provide and maintain his or her own high-speed residential Internet connectivity services

NOTE - This position may work with and/or support systems that maintain or process sensitive institutional data as defined by university policy.  Successful candidates must comply with federal, state and local law and/or university policies or agreements that require the university to implement specific privacy and security safeguards including, but not limited to:  ITAR, EAR, HIPAA and FISMA.  Responsible for protecting data and information from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration or unauthorized deletion; and, following applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of data, etc. as stated in a computer access agreement.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Michigan Information and Technology Services seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Comprehensive Benefits

The University of Michigan Benefits Office is committed to offering a high-quality benefits package to support faculty, staff and their families.  Learn more about our 2:1 retirement matching, healthcare plans with nationwide coverage including prescription drug coverage, three dental plans, a vision plan, flexible spending account, well-being programs, long-term disability, automatic life insurance, general legal services, three early childhood centers, time away from work and work-life programs to promote balance.  Learn more at


  • The University of Michigan is ranked the No. 3 public university in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s annual report of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities.
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  • For the third straight year, the University of Michigan maintained its position as the 15th top university in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.
  • The University of Michigan maintained its ranking as the top U.S. public university in the QS World University Rankings for 2019-20 and ranked 21st among all institutions on the list, moving down one spot from last year in the ranking released Tuesday, 06/18/2019.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.