HPC System Engineer / Administrator

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

JSC – Jülich Supercomputing Centre



Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts



Job description:

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) operates one of the most powerful supercomputing infrastructures in Europe and makes it available to researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich, in Germany, and throughout Europe. The department High-Performance-Computing Systems (HPS) at JSC is responsible for the integration and operation of different supercomputing and high-performance storage resources in the facility. With the supercomputers JUWELS and JURECA and the storage cluster JUST, HPS is operating some of the largest supercomputing systems using cutting-edge hardware and software technologies. We design our systems in cooperation with major industrial partners.


Your Job:


You will be working within the department on the design, implementation and maintenance of system configurations, software tools and services for our supercomputers and cloud infrastructure components. Depending on qualification and interests you will be



  • Contributing to deployment and operation of new systems and their integration with external infrastructures

  • Perform benchmarking and system tuning

  • Perform research on – and develop tools for – system operation and monitoring of supercomputers

  • Problem analysis and resolution including third-level user support

  • Contribute to infrastructure-oriented research projects in cooperation with scientists in the field of neuroscience and earth systems modelling

  • Evaluate new hardware and software technologies

  • Cooperation with hardware and software vendors

Your Profile:

  • Bachelor or master (or comparable) degree from a university with internationally accepted quality standards in informatics, mathematics, or a related subject
  • Strong knowledge of Linux in the areas of installation and administration and ideally system optimization
  • Strong knowledge in Python and script languages (Bash, etc.). Ideally knowledge in further relevant programming languages (C/C++/Go)
  • Previous experience with high-performance computing or cloud technologies is a plus
  • Willingness to contribute with talks to international conferences and participate in courses and tutorials
  • Good command of English and preferably good knowledge of German
  • Structured and systematic working style as well as ability for cooperative work in teams

Our Offer:

  • Ability to work with and learn about cutting-edge technologies in the HPC and cloud space: Ansible, Batch and workload management systems like Slurm, parallel file systems like GPFS and Ceph, high-speed network technologies such as InfiniBand and Omni-Path Architecture, virtualization and orchestration technologies such as OpenStack and Kubernetes
  • Challenging and varied work in a team of enthusiastic professionals
  • Vibrant international and interdisciplinary work environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2020-080