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#104512 DevOps Lead

Extended Deadline: Wed 6/3/2020

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Job posting will remain open until position is filled.


Department Overview:

As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is considered a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, including industry and academia. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible, integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery.

SDSC supports hundreds of multidisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of domains, from earth sciences and biology to astrophysics, bioinformatics, and health IT. SDSC launched Comet, a petascale supercomputer that joins the Center’s data-intensive Gordon cluster. SDSC is a partner in XSEDE (eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world.

The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Protein Data Bank (PDB) of experimentally determined macromolecular structure information for research and teaching in biology, biological chemistry, and medicine. With unique users from over 160 countries around the world, the RCSB PDB is one of the leading worldwide Biological Databases. The RCSB PDB is funded by a consortium involving the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and various of the National Institutes of Health, to ensure facile, open access to a secure, singular experimental data archive of macromolecular structural biology that will be maintained in perpetuity for the public good.

Position Overview:

The incumbent will serve as lead on all IT-related activities for RCSB PDB UCSD operations, including collaborating with other leads at RCSB PDB Rutgers and contribute to overall strategic planning for RCSB PDB bi-coastal IT solutions.

The incumbent will also apply skills as a seasoned, experienced systems infrastructure professional with a full understanding of industry best practices and Campus, medical center or Office of the President policies and procedures to resolve a wide range of issues that are moderately complex in scope. S/he will select methods and techniques to obtain solutions and evaluate new technologies including performing simple to moderate cost / benefit analyses.

Additionally, will take lead responsibility for cloud instance (OpenStack and Docker/Kubernetes) system administration, maintain and further develop automation and orchestration tooling for all RCSB services and perform cost-benefit analysis of new service and solution infrastructure designs, prototype their deployment, benchmark the results and manage their deployment into production all with minimal supervision. Will proactively provide uninterrupted service for all PDB production services 24/7/365, identify problems and bottlenecks in current systems and specify, design, and execute solutions and lead transition to containerization of the infrastructure and transition to third party cloud providers.

For more information, please visit www.sdsc.edu.


  1. BS in Computer Science or a related scientific field and one (1) year of experience in an Information Technology or Development and Operations role, or four (4) years of experience in an Information Technology or Development and Operations role.

  2. Advanced, demonstrable, knowledge of: OpenStack (Keystone, Horizon, Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Swift, Glance, Trove) and Docker/Kubernetes industry standard cloud computing.

  3. Advanced, demonstrable, knowledge of: Linux (RedHat/CentOS or Debian/Ubuntu distributions).

  4. Advanced, demonstrable, knowledge of: Virtualization (VMware, KVM) & Containers (LXC, Docker).

  5. Understanding of system performance monitoring and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance. Ability to scale system performance and health monitoring solutions so they can be applied, at scale, without incurring large costs or penalties. Citable experience deploying industry standard health, performance and security monitoring tools.

  6. Strong experience writing and editing complex scripts used to perform system maintenance and administration. Experience orchestrating those scripts to automate tasks and solving the goals without introducing additional risks or failures.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

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Payroll Title:
San Diego Supercomputer Centerer
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri