System Administrator - High Performance Computing Cluster

Job Description


A. Introduction

The Egypt Nanotechnology Center seeks a highly qualified system administrator to manage the newly

acquired High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster system. The theoretical peak performance of this

cluster is about 35 TFlops. The cluster will be used primarily for advanced multi-scale parallel simulations

in Nanotechnology research and development projects.


B. Job Responsibilities 

1- Manage and audit internal and external users. 

2- Actively ensure that data center environment and facilities (e.g., cooling, networking, and power) are constantly maintained in proper operating conditions. 

3- Benchmark and periodically monitor all relevant indicators and measures of cluster performance and proper hardware and software operation. 

4- Work with Dell customer service and technical support teams to identify and resolve problems. 

5- Perform regular system administration tasks, such as scheduled backup of system and user data, user support, preventive measures and first level troubleshooting of system failures, availability of networking 

and communications services and equipment, etc. 

6- Present detailed monthly status and activity reports. 

7- Provide technical advice related to possible cluster expansion and system upgrade. 

8- Handle user complaints via e-mail and mobile phone (urgent matters only) according to EGNC operating 

instructions, which may require night and weekend shifts, response to emergencies within strictly limited delays, etc.


C. Minimum Qualifications Required 

1- Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field. 

2- At least five years experience in various aspects of data center operation, preferably including three 

years or more in HPC system administration and troubleshooting of large scale cluster systems hardware, software, and internal/external communication networks. 

3- Deep knowledge of Linux (Red Hat Enterprise Linux preferred). 

4- Evidence of strong personal abilities, such as working with a team of diverse individuals, delivering 

results and executing plans, ethical conduct, respect of confidentiality, problem solving, creativity and resourcefulness, etc. 

5- Strong skills in efficient scripting using Bash, Perl, and Python. 

6- Strong experience in parallel programming using Fortran, C, and C++ 

7- Proven ability to build, optimize, debug, and profile parallel code. 

D. Preferred Additional Qualifications 

1- Deep experience in job scheduling algorithms. 

2- Advanced degree in a scientific field with experience in an R&D organization. 

3- Experience with installing and running scientific computing software and experience with scientific data or numerical analysis.


Important Note:

It is envisioned that multiple positions will be filled on both full and part time basis plus availability of

internships too. Applications are encouraged from various levels accordingly to be considered


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  • Industry workshop, January 2011
  • Technical seminars conducted at the Bibliotheca Alexandria, American University in Cairo, and Cairo University, and others.  (January 17th, 2010 – January 19th, 2010)
  • ITIDA Celebrate Launch of first Nanotechnology Research Center in Egypt. (June 14,2009)
  • Contract Signed with IBM. (September 20,2008)

project proposals were accepted for funding

  • Solar Energy System Design using Advanced Learning Aids (SOLEDA).
  • Inkjet Printing of Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices.
  • Development of a Postgraduate Program in Integrated Water Technologies (IWaTec) for Egyptian Students.

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