HPC System Administrator

Date: 30 Aug 2023

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU Adelaide, SA, AU Sydney, NSW, AU Canberra, ACT, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU Perth, WA, AU Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​Supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment
  • Innovative and collaborative workplace with fantastic flexibility 
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier research organisation 


The HPC and Research Platforms team within the IMT SC group has an opportunity for an experienced HPC System Administrator. In this role you will collaborate with multiple internal teams to design, implement, integrate, administer, and maintain on-prem scalable computing platforms. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the management of our HPC platforms, high performance parallel file systems, advanced visualisation systems and associated networks. You will work closely with team members, technical leads, and senior staff to develop a strategy to support integrated scientific workflows using different components of CSIRO’s hybrid on-prem and multi-cloud platforms. You will have a focus on scientific computing services meeting CSIRO research teams’ requirements across a broad range of disciplines.


CSIRO provides all staff the opportunity to grow their knowledge in technology capabilities across on-prem, public cloud and partners, including access to a comprehensive training portfolio to further improve career opportunities and personal development.

Your duties will include:


  • Collaborate with other teams to maintain CSIRO research platforms. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Install, configure, fine-tune and troubleshoot multi-vendor Linux high-performance computing (HPC) systems
    • Configure the scheduling and queuing system
    • Maintain and monitor the security of CSIRO’s high-performance computing (HPC) systems
    • Optimise the operations of high-performance computing clusters through automation
    • Data centre planning
    • Mentor and knowledge sharing
  • Document system administration procedures for routine and complex tasks
  • Follow and contribute to the development of best practice guides and policies, such as application workload management, quota management and cyber security.


Location: AU Wide

Salary: AU$105,806K - AU$114,500K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite 

Reference: 93316

To be considered you will need:


  1. Tertiary qualification or experience in Science, Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology or other relevant field
  2. Extensive Linux administration and knowledge in parallel distributed storage architectures such as Lustre
  3. Experience with workload management/job scheduling software for HPC systems (SLURM)
  4. Experience with high level automation techniques using languages such as Python, Bash, and Perl
  5. Experience in producing technical and procedural documentation.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens Only

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the NV1 level.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Friday, 29 September 2023, 11:00pm AEST


Shortlisting for this role may take place as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy once a suitable candidate has been appointed,

Please consider applying as soon as possible.