Research Data Center Engineer

California, United States
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

This position will serve as a technical expert in the performance of facilities engineering responsibilities involving the operation and maintenance of a major campus facility, the Stanford Research Computing Facility (SRCF).

The position, reporting to the Facilities Manager, will be to provide facilities support for the Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC). The SRCC offers High Performance Computing (HPC) systems, services, and support for researchers from a variety of Stanford, and SLAC organizations. The data center facility that hosts the HPC systems themselves is the Stanford Research Computing Facility (SRCF). The SRCF is a state of the art energy efficient data center facility that incorporates the use of outside air as the primary cooling medium. This allows for very low operational cost, and high availability of the computing resources. The Facilities Engineer will assist in the operation of the SRCF, monitoring temperatures, facilitating deliveries, racking servers, and storage devices, troubleshooting and repairing servers, install network wiring, installing, and securing racks, Also, he may occasionally be responsible for interfacing with vendors, for installations, equipment repairs, and maintenance. 

Core Duties

  • Serve as an expert, providing design and technical recommendations in areas of specialization.  This includes interfacing and coordination with and across specialties and disciplines.
  • Identify and resolve complex technical systems issues which may have high risk/consequences of failure.
  • Serve on major, ongoing technically complex projects requiring substantial coordination and interface with senior management
  • Review and analyze projects’ technical plans and specifications for conformance with design guidelines and other related criteria, and pertinent codes and standards
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop contingency plans
  • Serve as a technical lead on projects in areas of expertise across multiple contractor activities, through all project phases.
  • Ensure ongoing production facility operation to maximize the reliability, dependability and availability of it 

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline. Ten years of relevant work experience or a combination of those attributes.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated breadth of understanding of electrical and mechanical systems found in a data center environment such as: Power distribution systems, UPS, Variable Frequency Drives, Generators, Air Handlers, Chillers, PLC’s, Etc.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with engineering software related to assignment, specifically Building Control and Monitoring Systems
  • Deep technical knowledge in area of expertise
  • Understanding of the basics of high performance computing and associated networking features and functions.
  • Strong customer service focus
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Working knowledge of computer systems and typical office productivity software
  • Ability to identify and mitigate potential project risk components

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Data center operation certification is highly desired.

Physical Requirements

  • Occasionally sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh from 11 to 40 pounds,
  • Frequently kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job

Working Conditions

  • Requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.
  • Requires after hours and weekend work on occasion for maintenance and/or project related activities.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80dB TWA.
  • May work at heights 4 - 10 ft.

Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills:  Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues, clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,