System Administrator and Parallel Programmer (CITA)

Institution: University of Toronto
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)


The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at the University of Toronto is a nationally supported research institute and a non-profit corporation (CITA Inc.). Our mission is to foster interaction within the Canadian astrophysics community and to serve as an international centre of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. We educate and develop the next generation of scientific leaders with national postdoctoral fellowships as well as postdoctoral and research associate fellowships, and through the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. We are devoted to studying the origin and evolution of the universe and the many phenomena revealed by modern astronomy.

Under the general direction of the Computing Facilities Manager, the System Administrator and Parallel Programmer maintains the smooth operation of general CITA hardware and software infrastructure, administers CITA’s key High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems (currently includes a 1,600-core Linux cluster), and ensures a reliable and efficient environment for scientific researchers.

Your responsibilities will include:

• Troubleshooting complex computer system problems
• Analyzing server and/or desktop performance data
• Documenting network-related activities or tasks
• Creating complex and technical documentation and user support guides
• Executing security measures for network devices and introducing variations as required
• Analyzing, recommending and documenting parallelization strategies
• Creating complex and technical documentation and user support guides
• Performing preventive maintenance on audio-visual equipment

Essential Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience
• Minimum four years of recent and related programming experience in an UNIX-like environment
• Expert knowledge and experience of C, Fortran and python under *nix, visualization
• Experience with RAID Storage configuration and setup and the lustre filesystem is an asset
• Advanced programming skills
• Excellent analytical skills and ability to improve software systems
• Advanced level skills interfacing with parallel astrophysical programming needs, including massively parallel system configuration and programming
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Assets (Nonessential):

• Formal certification in RHEL, ITILv2 or ITILv3, CCNA & CCNP

To be successful in this role you will be:

• Adaptable
• Motivated self-learner
• Patient
• Problem solver
• Resourceful
• Team player

Travel: None

Notes: Interested applicants should apply online at the UofT Career Website:

Job Posting: June 24, 2019
Job Closing: July 19, 2019

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