Employment

NERC is a jointly managed and operated project between Harvard University’s FAS Research Computing and Boston University’s Research Computing.  This chart represents the organization of the team and its current open positions (note: these roles are part of the larger Harvard FAS and BU Research computing teams). 

Open Positions

Research Computing Systems Engineer III (Boston University)

Boston University is seeking a Research Computing Systems Engineer to join the development and operation efforts of newly formed project called the New England Research Cloud (NERC). You will be contributing to the design, implementation, operation, and support of advanced Research Computing (RC) services based on technologies such as OpenStack, OpenShift, Kubernetes, KVM, and CEPH. As a member of the Research Computing Systems Engineering team at Boston University, you will collaborate with our partner, Harvard University, on this project.

Duties and responsibilities include: contributing to design and implementation of virtualization and container services, automating deployments using a configuration management system, developing automation and monitoring capabilities using programming skills, identifying and developing resolutions for system and performance issues, contributing to development and support of client workflows utilizing NERC and BU RC services. You will be working both directly with other team members, clients, and key stakeholders, as well as independently.

Required Skills

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience or relevant post-secondary education including a combination of these two.
  • Experience in Linux systems administration, storage, and networking.
  • Experience programming in Linux environment, preferably Python. Experience in multiple languages such as Perl, C, BASH is a plus.
  • Hands-on experience and understanding of Linux virtualization and containerization technologies (e.g. KVM, VMWare, Openstack, OpenNebula, Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Ability to work with Configuration Management systems (e.g. Ansible, Puppet, Chef) and Revision Control Systems (e.g. git)
  • Strong communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

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Sr. Research Facilitator – Cloud (Harvard University)

Harvard is seeking a Sr. Research Computing Facilitator to advise researchers in the best use of a broad set of state-of-the-art cloud systems, tools, and software to enable research productivity.  Training researchers to thrive on IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS platforms will expand our institution’s world-renowned research in Science, Engineering, Public Health, Social Science and Education.  This position will work with a team of Systems Engineers in the newly formed New England Research Cloud (NERC) project — a partnership between Research Computing at Harvard FAS and Boston University.

Job Summary:
Advise researchers in the best use of a broad set of state-of-the-art RC systems, tools, and software to enable research productivity.  Partner with researchers to co-create and co-learn research activities and relevant advanced computing and data capabilities both locally and nationally.

Core Duties:

  • Advise a wide range of researchers through support requests (i.e. email, ticketing systems, chats) and in person consultations during office hours
  • Build deep understanding with specific research activities through regular engagements
  • Facilitate the design, debugging, and automating/scripting of complex research workflows alongside researchers
  • Connect and coordinate interactions between researchers and technology providers
  • Provide regular communications to systems and software/data professionals
  • Enhance learning with full awareness of the local and larger research computing and data landscape
  • Build advanced curriculum and teach workshops for researchers to maximize their use of RC 
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications
Minimum of 7 years’ relevant post-secondary education or relevant work experience including a combination of these two

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience using virtualized technologies (KVM, VMWare, Openstack, OpenNebula, Docker, Kubernetes).
  • Knowledgeable of cloud based storage and various storage protocols (file, block, object).
  • Comfortable working with version control systems such as git.
  • Understanding of various authentication and authorization protocols and services.
  • Demonstrated success in working in a cross-functional team in an Agile environment.

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Sr. Systems Software Developer (Harvard University)

Harvard University is seeking a Sr. Systems Software Developer to help design, implement various internal cloud technologies (incl. Openstack, OpenShift, and Ceph) to provide University researchers with a robust, production quality, platforms and services for computing, storage, and software. This position will join a multi-institutional team in the newly formed project called the New England Research Cloud (NERC) with Leads and Directors of Research Computing at Harvard FAS and Boston University.  This position will report to the NERC Principle Architect within Harvard FAS Research Computing (FASRC) and will be key in creating a seamless experience for end users including federated authentication, reporting of resource utilization, and seamless access to data in the Northeast Storage Exchange (NSF funded Ceph project). NERC will allow Harvard and Boston University to provide technical solutions that keep up with the pace of complex research problems. The Harvard FASRC infrastructure is core to Science & Engineering, and Public Health research missions supporting over 4,000 researchers.  

Job Summary:
Coordinate the planning of and conduct advanced research computing engineering duties. Implement current and develop new RC solutions to keep up with the pace of complex research problems.  Work independently to build, monitor, and maintain the integrity of RC systems. Provide technical expertise to teams and projects alongside of research programs. Be a key contributor to multiple projects simultaneously.

Core Duties:

  • Participate fully in planning, building, configuring and running RC systems at scale 
  • Monitor and maintain the health and integrity of RC systems including upgrading and patching
  • Design and implement robust and secure IT solutions within a fast-paced research environment
  • Define and track performance metrics to ensure efficient current and future use of IT resources
  • Support and collaborate with researchers and other key IT (e.g. network and security) and Data Center partners in a timely manner
  • Build and maintain relationships with external vendor technicians and engineers
  • Collaborate with other systems engineers within the RC ecosystem
  • Contribute best practices documentation and knowledge transfer
  • Mentor junior staff
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications:
Minimum of 7 years’ relevant post-secondary education or relevant work experience including a combination of these two

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with automated configuration management tools such as Puppet, Chef, or Ansible.  
  • Knowledgeable of a variety of networked filesystems (file, block, object)
  • Comfortable working with version control systems such as git.
  • Understanding of various authentication and authorization protocols and services.
  • Demonstrated success in working in a cross-functional team in an Agile environment.

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Systems Software Developer (Boston University)

Boston University is seeking a Systems Software Developer to help design, implement various internal cloud technologies (incl. Openstack, OpenShift, and Ceph) to provide University researchers with a robust, production quality, platforms and services for computing, storage, and software. This position will join a multi-institutional team in the newly formed project called the New England Research Cloud (NERC) with Leads and Directors of Research Computing at Harvard FAS and Boston University.  This position will report to the NERC Lead Systems Engineer within Boston Research Computing Services and will be key in creating a seamless experience for end users including federated authentication, reporting of resource utilization, and seamless access to data in the Northeast Storage Exchange (NSF funded Ceph project). As a member of the Research Computing Systems Engineering team at Boston University, you will collaborate with our partner, Harvard University, on this project.   

Required Skills

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience or relevant post-secondary education including a combination of these two.
  • Experience in Linux systems administration, storage, and networking.
  • Experience programming in Linux environment, preferably Python. Experience in multiple languages such as Perl, C, BASH is a plus.
  • Hands-on experience and understanding of Linux virtualization and containerization technologies (e.g. KVM, VMWare, Openstack, OpenNebula, Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Ability to work with Configuration Management systems (e.g. Ansible, Puppet, Chef) and Revision Control Systems (e.g. git)
  • Strong communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

If interested in applying, please send your resume to Wayne Gilmore.  Formal application link will be updated soon.