HPC and Research Computing Engineer

Japan (JP)
26 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
HPC and Research Computing Engineer 

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST rapidly is gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.

Position summary:
We seek an experienced Linux administrator for Scientific Research to provide technical leadership and oversight of computer systems in support of scientific research activity.

HPC and Research Computing Engineer
Scientific Computing & Data Analysis Section

Working Location:
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495

The Scientific Computing & Data Analysis Section (SCDA) of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University promotes the effective use of High Performance Computing (HPC) in the research environment. The SCDA operates Linux-based computer clusters to support computationally intensive research studies, ranging from bioinformatics to computational physics.

The HPC and research computing member will be interacting daily with world leading researchers, supporting and enhancing their usage of OIST's substantial HPC and scientific computing services. Under the direction of the SCDA Leader the member will consult directly with researchers at OIST to support their use of OIST scientific computing resources. This will involve day to day management of OIST HPC clusters and researcher services, supporting researchers, as well as general systems administration and programming tasks.

1.    In particular, duties will involve:
A)    Designing, building, configuring, tuning and maintaining large computer clusters
B)    Day to day administration, operation, monitoring and management of OIST HPC clusters (IB network, filesystems, HPC software, etc.)
C)    Diagnosing and resolving hardware issues effectively, but also coordinating with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems
D)    Supporting users in accessing the cluster and resolving issues with jobs

2.    Other duties as assigned by the SCDA Leader:
A)    Deploying services for researchers (web, databases, collaborative tools, virtual stack, etc.)
B)    Documenting system administration procedures for all tasks
C)    Investigating new technologies and systems as directed

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.  

Starting Date:
As early as possible

Application Due Date:
Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

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Recruiting Team, HR Management Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan