High Performance Computing Operations Engineer

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Vice President for Research
The Institute for CyberScience
Full/Part Time:


The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) seeks a High Performance Computing Operations Engineer for our operations team. This person will be an integral contributor to a fast-paced and growing team of specialists supported by an exciting $45 million Penn State investment in research cyberinfrastructure. Penn State’s elite researchers use our high-performance research cloud to solve real-world problems by conducting simulations, data mining, and other high-performance computing operations. With ICS, you will have the opportunity to support this ground-breaking work. As our High Performance Computing Operations Engineer, you will: design, develop, and implement engineered systems to enhance our high-performance research cloud operations; investigate problems and lead innovative solution approaches that provide information and guidance to users to enhance their utilization of our high-performance research cloud resources. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Our desired qualifications include: understanding of computing systems, hardware, software, and networks, preferably in a research environment; experience with Linux operating systems, preferably in a large-scale, multi-user environment; understanding of system monitoring tools (e.g. Nagios and SolarWinds); and experience with maintaining a distributed Windows computing infrastructure. Experience with the following is a plus: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL); and resource managers and schedulers (e.g. Moab/Torque). To learn more about working for ICS, please visit http://ics.psu.edu/careers.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088