Senior Systems Engineer | Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences - Military Veterans
at HERC - New England
Harvard seeks a Sr. Systems Engineer to work on cutting-edge infrastructure to support the Kempner Institute for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. This position will work within a team of RC Systems Engineers in FAS Research Computing (FASRC) to design, implement, deploy, and maintain advanced monitoring, logging, and alerting systems for mission-critical services. The Systems Engineering group maintains core production infrastructure for high performance computing, storage, and networking. These services will be key to the success of Kempner Institute researchers. This is an individual contributor position that will report to the Associate Director of Systems & Operations in FASRC. This position will coordinate the planning of and conduct advanced research computing engineering duties. Implement current and develop new RC solutions to keep up with the pace of complex research problems. Work independently to build, monitor, and maintain the integrity of RC systems. Provide technical expertise to teams and projects alongside research programs. Be a key contributor to multiple projects simultaneously. Basic Qualifications Minimum of seven years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience Additional Qualifications and Skills Broad knowledge of the deployment and management of physical and virtual systems (e.g., storage, cluster computing, network, database, and applications). Experience automating infrastructure with tools like Puppet, Chef, Ansible, or Terraform. Experience with git and version control in general. Demonstrated team performance skills, the ability to communicate clearly, a service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor. Experience with monitoring systems such as writing service checks and creating actionable alerting. Experience with metrics collection to gain insight into production systems. Experience with log aggregation. Experience with high-performance filesystems and distributed storage systems. Experience with Linux system administration. Experience with GPU computing platforms. Certificates and Licenses Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred Working Conditions Occasionally required to work outside of normal business hours, and may be contacted during off hours. Work is performed in an office setting on the Cambridge Campus and Allston. May also be required to occasionally work in the FASRC data centers in Boston, MA, and Holyoke, MA. This is a full-time position with flexible hours and a hybrid in-person/remote work schedule option to be agreed upon at hire. The selected candidate will periodically need to be on campus as business needs require. All remote work must be performed from a commutable state where Harvard is registered to do business (CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, RI, and VT). Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety, and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage . Harvard University Health Services employees and other healthcare individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website . Additional Information Kempner Institute Over the next five years, the Kempner Institute (www. harvard.edu/kempner-institute) is building one of the largest academic machine learning clusters in the world to enable research in machine learning and neuroscience, with 1,000 -1,500 latest design GPUs and upgrades every five years. The cluster will be housed at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), a modern data center in western Massachusetts shared by Boston-area universities and managed by FASRC. The Senior Systems Engineer will be a critical team member within FASRC, partnering with Kempner Institute's leadership to ensure optimal performance and management of the cluster and help to inform future decisions related to compute, IO, and networking needs to support the Institute's research mission. FASRC FASRC services include managing a Top 100 academic high-performance computing cluster, cloud computing, storage, databases, and other developmental platforms. The team directly engages with researchers through help requests, monitoring, office hours, training, and in-depth consultations. FASRC is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging, and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values, and views the differences we all bring to the workplace. Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package, including: Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year. Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston. Salary Grade: 058 Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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