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Programmer IV/Research Systems Administrator

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College / VP Area: Vice President for IT
Work type: Staff
Location: Remote
Categories: Information Technology, Full Time

Pay Grade: 30S


The University of Delaware is an R1 research university with leading HPC infrastructure that includes national visibility through XSEDE/ACCESS contributed resources. The Cyberinfrastructure team (IT-RCI) in Information Technologies provides the computation and digital data infrastructure and support that meet the research needs and priorities of the University’s faculty, researchers, and students; we are expanding our capabilities into the cloud. This position will lead our path into these areas by working closely with our researchers requiring cloud-based resources. Our researchers investigate a wide variety of subjects such as Astronomy, Oceanography, Composite Materials, Bioengineering. The Research Systems Administrator/Programmer IVs primary responsibilities will be to design, build, install, test, debug, and integrate research cloud services and data storage services to meet the needs of University researchers. This position will also help maintain our existing on premise HPC clusters, storage systems, and software portfolio.

The Programmer IV/Research Systems Administrator will report directly to the Director of IT Research Cyberinfrastructure (IT-RCI). Further details on UD’s IT organizational structure can be found here University of Delaware | UDIT Organization (

The Programmer IV/Research Systems Administrator is considered essential personnel and provides off-hour, on-call coverage to support research computing resources.


Cloud Research Computing

  • Lead IT-RCIs efforts to offer cloud computing services to researchers.
  • Design, build, install, test, debug, and integrate research cloud services and data storage services to meet the needs of university researchers.
  • Work with university researchers to ensure cloud computing resources meet required security targets.
  • Expand UDs cloud computing services in a manageable, conscientious manner.

Local Research Computing

  • As part of a team, install, configure, and support a Linux HPC cluster to include rack management, networking, storage subsystems, provisioning system, authentication, workgroup management, scheduling, storage and research software installation/management.
  • Work collaboratively to design, build, test and maintain IT-RCIs HPC clusters.
  • Interface with hardware/software vendors to coordinate and schedule maintenance and system updates.

Training and Education

  • Provide training and guidance to the research community on cloud resources, workflow integration, and proper securing of these resources.
  • Participate in training and technical support of users of IT-RCI services including HPC clusters and cloud resources.
  • Develop and maintain documentation, procedures and policies supporting use of research cloud systems and infrastructure.



  • Bachelor’s degree and four years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, certification, and experience.
  • 4+ years Linux/Unix system administration.
  • 2 years of experience in HPC.
  • 1 year of experience using cloud technologies, preferably supporting research.
  • Experience integrating with Internet2 or XSEDE/ACCESS services is preferred.
  • Experience administering Windows systems, including identity management integration is preferred.
  • Experience understanding and modifying computer programs using a range of programming languages; i.e.  BASH, C, Python, Perl, FORTRAN is preferred.
  • Experience in a University computing service environment is preferred.
  • Experience using scientific and engineering applications is preferred.
  • Experience using automation tools such as Ansible, puppet, etc. is preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.


Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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