Research and Development Engineer 1 (High Performance Computing {HPC} Operations Engineer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
01 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Institute for CyberScience
Full/Part Time:


The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) at Penn State is seeking an Operations Engineer to join our operations team. As an engineer on our operations team, you will be an integral contributor to a fast-paced operations team, supporting Penn State investment in research cyberinfrastructure. Penn State’s elite researchers use our high-performance computing resources to solve real-world problems by conducting simulations, data analysis, machine learning, and other research using high-performance computing. You will have the opportunity to analyze our ICS Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI) and assist in the design, development and implementation of engineered solutions that enhance our high-performance research infrastructure. As an HPC operations engineer you will: proactively contribute to engineering plans, schedules, requirements and documentation for system enhancements; collaborate with team members, scientific researchers, and vendors to analyze system issues and develop innovative solutions; assist in developing engineering methods to pro-actively monitor and enhance the ICS-ACI performance, operability, and stability; and, create and update system and operational documentation. ICS is committed to the development of our team, including technical training and professional development. We encourage applicants with varied technical and engineering backgrounds and experiences. We embrace a diverse culture and welcome all qualified applicants. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Professional Engineer license accepted in lieu of Bachelor's degree) or higher , or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Our ideal candidate will have: an understanding of Linux environments; an understanding of programming techniques; the ability to communicate clearly; and, the capability to work in a collaborative team environment to actively contribute to completion of team goals and assigned tasks. The following, while not required, would also be helpful: working knowledge of programming common Linux scripting languages, such as Bash, Python, Perl, Ruby; experience with programming languages, such as C/C++, FORTRAN, CUDA, MPI, OpenMP; experience in High Performance Computing (HPC) engineered components, such as storage systems, cluster computing, networking. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088