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Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Compute Environment - Senior Systems Administrator

  • Job
    Mid Level
  • Engineering
  • $75.9K - $107.4K
  • Edmonton
  • 4d left


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a science, engineering, or biomedical area.
  • Three years’ experience in maintaining and using high-performance computing (HPC) systems and research software commonly installed on such systems is required.
  • Knowledge of how to use, install, and maintain HPC schedulers such as Slurm.
  • Knowledge of programming languages and scripting languages.
  • Experience with Linux/Unix systems.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with AI/ML is valuable.
  • Computer and network security knowledge is expected, although experience may be gained on the job with guidance from security experts in IST and the Alliance.


  • Maintain operations of high-performance digital research equipment to ensure security, effective capability for research, and efficient operation.
  • Automation of standard procedures to minimize human configuration errors will be expected.
  • Documentation of configurations of the cluster and storage, as well as security overall will be critical aspects.
  • Monitor and report on system use and security through logs and configuration controls. Troubleshoot aberrations and conduct root cause analyses.
  • Train researchers on how to use this environment and on best practices to ensure they use the system effectively and efficiently.
  • Collaborate with other trainers in the development and delivery of this training.
  • Maintain necessary vendor relationships to ensure appropriate vendor support of warrantied computational and storage equipment.

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