Weill Cornell Medical College Research Systems Administrator-HPC in New York, New York

Position Summary

Responsible for designing, deploying and supporting cutting edge High-Performance compute and storage resources to support the workflows of biomedical researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM). This role has a particular emphasis on supporting the innovative storage platform developed at WCM, including full life-cycle planning and data migration. Other activities include dedicated support and consultation with researchers to help enable the next generation of scientific discovery and the implementation of new technologies in the HPC cluster environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Takes the lead in the expansion of Peta-Scale GPFS-based storage infrastructure, including further procurement and project management of the next needed expansions.

  • Responsible for planning and managing the migration from the existing platform, which is in full production serving hundreds of users.

  • Responsible for architecting and implementing data management and storage tiering, including off-site replication or backup to Cornell Ithaca campus.

  • Monitors and improves the performance of lnfiniband and Fibre Channel networks as needed by the storage platform.

  • Monitors and troubleshoots cluster performance issues, including the installation or development of tools deemed necessary to solve the issue. Responsible for vendor negotiation of any commercial solution.

  • Serves as a liaison to researchers, assisting cluster users in efficient use of the cluster resources and implementation of scheduler scripts, and soliciting feedback to be used in modifying systems for their needs.

  • Directly interfaces with investigators to assess needs and implement tailored solutions for their problem sets.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree


Bachelors of Science degree, preferably in a technical field (e.g. computer science, physics, math, chemistry, or engineering)

Approximately 4 years of relevant work experience.

Experience working in a scientific computing environment, particularly in an academic setting is highly desired.

Experience with Infiniband networking is highly desired

Experience with GPGPU computing, particularly using the nVidia CUDA toolkit is highly desired

Experience setting up and maintaining scientific computing clusters and their associated scheduling systems, such as SGE, PBS, or slurm is highly desired

Experience developing database-backed web applications, particularly using Ruby on Rails is highly desired

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A very high degree of fluency in the Linux operating system, including scripting languages such as bash, ruby or perl.

  • Experience building, installing, and configuring a variety of open-source Linux software packages, especially with complex dependencies.

  • A working knowledge of at least one object-oriented programming language, such as C++ or Java.

  • A detailed knowledge of computer hardware, specifically, Peta-scale storage platforms.

  • Experience maintaining and preferably implementing GPFS storage clusters.

  • A working knowledge of networking concepts and use of tools and protocols such as SSH, DNS, DHCP and LDAP.

Licenses and Certifications

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer.