HPC and Cloud DevOps Engineer - NIWA - Closes 01 November 2020

Position: HPC and Cloud DevOps Engineer
Organisation: NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research)
Closing Date: 01 November 2020

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NIWA has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Systems Engineer to make a significant contribution to the New Zealand research landscape by working within the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).

You will support and further develop an HPC infrastructure and platform which delivers a wide range of services. You will help to ensure the delivery of a flexible and robust computational environment for scientific research whilst maintaining a stable platform for delivery of NIWA operations and NeSI’s business systems. Our team is trusted to build the systems that run our newest cutting-edge platforms that power the New Zealand research community.

As part of a small, ambidextrous team, your role will at times necessitate working on all key components of NIWA/NeSI’s HPC platforms, and as such there are significant professional development opportunities available for the right candidate.

We are looking for the following skills and experience:

  • A recognised relevant tertiary qualification, e.g., in computing and/or other sciences.
  • At least five years’ experience in the operation, and implementation of services based on Linux and/or Unix, preferably with some having been mission-critical services.
  • Familiarity with Python.
  • Understanding of container technologies and related management of Container-as-a-Service.
  • Experience with Kubernetes
  • Experience applying CI/CD tools and techniques to the management of infrastructure (Ansible, Jenkins, etc) and DevOps methodologies.
  • Excellence in troubleshooting, root cause analysis and a cool head in the face of a technical problems and challenges.

This position would be based in Wellington, New Zealand.