Job: KC Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Seeks HPC System Administrator

September 12, 2017

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is accepting applications for an HPC Systems Administrator in the Center for the Advancement for Data and Research in Economics (CADRE). This job will be for the new Research Operational Environment (ROE).

To apply visit the our website here  and enter 250751 for the job number.

The job posting is listed as ” HPC System Administrator-250751 “

Job Summary

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Center for the Advancement for Data and Research in Economics (CADRE) is seeking an experienced High Performance Computing (HPC) System Administrator for its Research Operational Environment (ROE).

The ROE is a Linux based HPC system paired with a Massively Parallel Processing Data Warehouse platform. The combination provides a unique environment capable of supporting advanced data analytics on extremely large and complex datasets.

The ROE is designed to be a blend of the technologies typically found in a academic research environment with operational support processes found in enterprise IT to meet higher Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Key Activities

Installing, configuring and maintaining large computer clusters/servers and software.

  • Day-to-day operations of the systems including systems administration, monitoring and storage performance up to and including network components.
  • Management of the system’s backend network switch, parallel file system and HPC software stack and tools.
  • Configuration of the scheduling and queuing system.
  • Diagnosing and resolving system operational problems quickly and effectively.
  • Coordinating with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems.
  • Provide 3rd level support assisting users with access and other help desk ticket requests or issues.
  • Building and deploying open source and commercial software.
  • Documenting system administration procedures for routine and complex tasks.
  • Maintaining and monitoring the security of the HPC systems and servers.
  • Plans, organizes and leads office, District, or System projects, or phases of large projects.


  • Associate’s degree from a two-year college or technical school or equivalent combination of education and/or work related experience. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university preferred.
  • At least three years of computer systems analysis/network administration and user support. Linux system administration in a large distributed computing environment preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • At least one of the following Operating System training/certifications preferred:
    • Microsoft Certified System Administration or Engineer training/certifications
    • Current Unix/Linux Operating System training/certifications
    • Current VMware training/certification.
  • Strong multi-tasking, analytical and communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to end-users and non-technical staff.
  • Demonstrated strong proficiency using multiple hardware/software platforms and/or significant expertise in a particular technology.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills preferred.
  • May require weekend or evening hours and being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Experience with installing, configuring, and maintaining job management support tools such as Moab, TORQUE, SLURM, PBS preferred.
  • Experience with installing and troubleshooting research analytical applications such as SAS, Matlab, STATA, R, Spark preferred
  • Experience with parallel programming in research applications preferred
  • Experience working with provisioning software such as Salt, Ansible or Puppet preferred.
  • Proficient with at least two common HPC programming/scripting languages preferred. Preferred examples include: Python, Perl, PHP, C, C++, Fortran, BASH.
  • Experience with various flavors of Linux such as RedHat, Scientific Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu preferred.
  • Working knowledge of UNIX/Linux system administration such as NFS filesystems, Samba, Linux server configurations (including CentOS, Ubuntu), TCP/IP network, DNS, and DHCP, Remote Desktop, VNC, NXclient, ssh, shell scripting preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively build relationships; promote, and work well in, a collaborative team environment; and influence others preferred

In some cases, positions require access to confidential supervisory information, access to which is limited to “Protected Individuals” as defined by regulation of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 12 CFR 268.205.

Protected Individuals include, but are not limited to, U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and lawful permanent resident aliens (also known as “green card holders”) who are eligible for and seeking United States citizenship within the requisite timeframes.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the Bank recruits, hires, trains, and promotes individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability and/or sexual orientation.

To apply visit the our website here [ ] and enter 250751 for the job number.

The job posting is listed as ” HPC System Administrator-250751 “