HPC System Administrator (ref. AD/21/14)

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Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and the University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence—a seal that was awarded in 2011.

The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and seven core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions.

IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 members and 35 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona forms part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the “Xarxa de Centres de Recerca de Catalunya” (CERCA).


IRB Barcelona is seeking a IRB Barcelona is seeking an enthusiastic HPC System Administrator with experience in the management of Information Technology infrastructure in scientific research environments to join its Information Technology Services Department.

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Department provides IT services to the whole organisation and develops digital transformation projects with the aim to facilitate the operations of the organisation and the accomplishment of the goals of its research community. To fulfil this mission, the ITS Department offers a broad spectrum of IT services, solutions and support, particularly high performance computing (HPC) services.


-       To administer a heterogeneous group of systems, both standard infrastructure and HPC systems.

-       To Install and configure new hardware and software.

-       To troubleshoot any reported problems.

-       To be responsible for documenting the configuration of the systems.

-       To evaluate new technologies and solutions that can be later included in the catalogue of services offered to the research groups.


Must Have – Required: 

  • Experience: 5 years of experience in a similar position
  • Knowledge:
    • Bachelor degree or higher in Informatics, Telecommunications Engineering, or similar
    • Networking basic knowledge
    • HPC workload managers  Knowledge (Slurm, SGE)
    • Linux operating systems, including scripting and programming proficiencies (Shell, Perl or Python)
    • Common server hardware architectures including servers (CPU, bus, memory), SANS, disk arrays, network hardware
    • Networked Storage technologies like NAS, SMB/CIFS, GPFS, BeeGFS
  • Skills:
    • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills in English and Spanish
    • Strong organizational, planning and multitasking capacities
    • Teamwork skills
    • Ability to work under tight deadlines with minimal supervision


-       HPC GPUs node administration knowledge

-       Web server administration (Apache, NGINX,…)

-       SSL certificate administration

-       Containerization (Docker, Singularity, Kubernetes,...)

-       Management of public or private Cloud infrastructure   (OpenNebula, Openstack, AWS, Azure..)

-       Configuration of monitoring systems such as Nagios and Ganglia

-       Configuration of LDAP in Linux environments

-       MPI, CUDA, and OpenMP

-       ML/AI libraries (Tensorflow, Pytorch, Keras


  • Working conditions: Employed in compliance with Spanish legislation and regulations under a full-time contract. Employees receive the benefits of the Spanish Social Security system covering sickness, maternity/paternity leaves and injuries at work.
  • Training and Career: Postdoctoral researchers joining IRB Barcelona gain access to the Institute’s advanced research training and career development opportunities, all within in a competitive international environment. Courses and workshops on themes of particular interest to postdocs are offered regularly by the Institute.
  • International environment: Nearly 90 Postdoctoral researchers (more than a half non-Spanish nationals) are currently working at IRB Barcelona.



  • Deadline for applications: 10/10/2021 (If no suitable candidate is found, the deadline will be extended) 
  • Number of positions available: 2
  • Selection process:
    • Pre-selection: Will be based on CV, motivation letter, experience, management of research and innovation. 
    • Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.
    • Job offer: Will be sent to the successful candidate after the interview. 

Note: The strengths and weaknesses of the applications will be provided upon request.

'If you, as an applicant, have any suggestion or wish to make a complaint regarding the selection process, please contact us at the following email address: irbrecruitment.suggestions@irbbarcelona.org You will receive a response within a month.'

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