High Performance Computing (HPC) Sysadmin

The University of Plymouth is recruiting a High Performance Computing (HPC) system administrator to lead the infrastructure team. We expect the successful candidate to work closely with the researchers across the university.

HPC: https://hrservices.plymouth.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=323898RPMt&WVID=1602750fTZ&LANG=USA


Job details

Job reference: B0296
Date posted: 09/07/2024
Application closing date: 04/08/2024
Location: Plymouth
Salary: £38,205 – £44,263 per annum – Grade 7
Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time
Contractual hours: 37
Job category/type: Professional/Support Services

HPC Systems Administrator


Join the University of Plymouth as a HPC Systems Administrator!

Are you ready to make a significant impact in the realm of High Performance Computing (HPC)?  The University of Plymouth’s Technology and Information Services (TIS) team is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic HPC Systems Administrator to join our progressive and innovative institution.  This is a unique opportunity to advance your career in a vibrant academic environment, situated in the heart of the city.

Why Plymouth University?

  • Dynamic Environment: Be part of a team committed to enhancing digital capabilities and providing seamless IT services. We embrace the latest cloud technologies and are dedicated to supporting both students and staff with cutting-edge solutions.
  • Career Growth: Engage in interdisciplinary projects, collaborate with leading researchers, and contribute to impactful scientific endeavours. Your role will evolve based on your skills and interests, providing ample opportunities for professional development.
  • Supportive Community: Join a university that values innovation, self-leadership, and collaboration. Benefit from a culture that encourages continuous learning and fosters strong relationships.

Role Summary:

As a HPC Systems Administrator, you will oversee the deployment, maintenance, and optimisation of our new HPC infrastructure.  Your expertise will ensure the reliability, performance, and security of our systems.  Engage with users to support their scientific projects and optimize their usage of HPC resources.

Key Responsibilities:

  • HPC Cluster Management: Administer multi-node Linux systems, develop automation tools, manage users, and install software. Monitor system performance and troubleshoot issues to ensure high availability.
  • User Support: Assist researchers in efficiently utilizing HPC systems, provide technical support, and offer best practice guidance.
  • Security and Compliance: Implement security measures and ensure compliance with industry standards.
  • Resource Optimisation: Optimise system performance through workload scheduling and resource allocation. Recommend hardware and software upgrades.
  • Documentation and Training: Maintain comprehensive system documentation and conduct training sessions to maximize user productivity.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with research teams to understand their computational needs and provide tailored solutions. Collaborate with IT and engineering teams to integrate HPC systems into the broader infrastructure.


  • Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or equivalent qualification, in a high-performance computing (HPC) related discipline, such as computer science, data science, engineering, mathematics, physics, or other related field.
  • Experience: Proven experience with Linux-based systems, HPC administration, security measures, and scripting languages. Desirable skills include programming (Python, C/C++, Fortran), software optimization, and performance engineering.
  • Skills: Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to self-manage complex workloads. Excellent communication and problem-solving abilities are essential.

How to Apply:

If you’re passionate about HPC and eager to contribute to a forward-thinking university, we encourage you to apply.  For inquiries about the role, please contact Vincent Drach at Vincent.drach@plymouth.ac.uk.

Join us at the University of Plymouth and be part of a team driving innovation and excellence in the digital age.  Apply today and take the next step in your HPC career!

The University of Plymouth is an inclusive community where everyone is welcomed regardless of their background. To find out more about our inclusive community initiatives, such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter, please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages.

We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented communities at the University of Plymouth, such as carers/parents, people with disabilities, ethnically diverse, LGBT+, and people from all socio-economic backgrounds.

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