University of Wisconsin


ID: 7085297
Posted: September 14, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

To understand our world and the universe, the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) develops, deploys and supports
instrumentation and software systems for research purposes across the world and beyond! SSEC's history of developing a
diverse set of instruments ranges from the first weather satellite, to aircraft instruments monitoring the atmosphere, and to
ground based atmospheric observing instrumentation. The challenge of operating research systems, in these environments,
requires a broad set of disciplines and skills from the team of people involved. This dynamic environment requires us to learn
about new scientific advances, systems and technologies on a regular basis. SSEC's mission supports faculty and academic
staff led research with the development, fabrication, and implementation of experiments and new scientific research tools for
national and international use.

This position is located in the Scientific Computing Operational Area of SSEC.

The successful candidate will work with a team using a high-performance data ingest, archive, and processing system as part of the NASA Science Investigator-Led Processing System (SIPS) for the Atmosphere discipline of the Suomi NPP Science Team ( The Atmosphere SIPS at SSEC is responsible for ingesting, storing, processing, and delivering data products from the VIIRS sensor onboard the Suomi NPP environmental satellite in earth orbit. The computer systems supporting this effort currently include more than 2500 CPU cores for data processing configured as a high-throughput computing system; more than 10 Petabytes of storage in a cluster filesystem, high performance networking, and a job management system controlled by a relational database. The Atmosphere SIPS currently ingests and produces more than 2 Terabytes of data per day for NASA.

List of Duties

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent required.

The successful candidate will have experience in Linux server hardware procurement, installation, and maintenance; Linux system administration; Linux system monitoring tools; Batch job management systems; Cluster file systems; Relational databases; Configuration management; and Python and Bash shell programming. The successful candidate will have worked with Intel/AMD rack mounted compute and storage servers, high performance networking, CentOS or Red Hat Linux for Intel/AMD hardware, monitoring tools such as Grafana and Nagios, relational databases such as PostgreSQL, batch job managers such as Grid Engine and HTCondor, cluster file systems such as Ceph and Lustre, virtualization tools such as oVirt, Docker and Kubernetes, web servers such as Apache and NginX, and configuration management systems such as Puppet and Chef. Excellent communication skills, personal initiative and desire to solve problems and the ability to work well with others in a dynamic environment are required for this position. Previous experience with high performance computing systems in a scientific research environment is preferred.


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