20 Oct 2022

High Performance Computing System Administrator

Website Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.

Job Description

Strength Through Diversity

Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Scientific Computing and Data group at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai partners with scientists to accelerate scientific discovery. To achieve these aims, we support a cutting-edge high-performance computing and data ecosystem along with MD/PhD-level support for researchers. The group is composed of a high-performance computing team, the research clinical data warehouse team and a research data services team.

The HPC Administrator, as a member of the Scientific Computing group, is responsible for a computational and data science ecosystem for researchers at Mount Sinai. Duties include the design, deployment, management and maintenance of high-performance computing (HPC) clusters, an archival storage system, scientific workflows and associated data resources. Participate in the integration of HPC resources with genomic systems and in the resolution of all technical issues. This position reports to the Director for Computational & Data Ecosystem in Scientific Computing. Specific responsibilities are listed below.

  • Designs, deploys and maintains HPC clusters with over 25,000 cores with Infiniband, 30+ petabytes of data storage and databases in production.
  • Designs and develops scripts for system administration, monitoring and usage reporting. Designs and develops scripts for system regression test and performance (file systems, scheduler, interconnect, high availability, etc.).
  • Troubleshoots, isolates and resolves application, system and other technical problems (hardware, software, and network).
  • Maintains, tunes and manages computational, data and workflow systems for MSSM researchers and scientists. Helps define and deploy a comprehensive computational and data vision.
  • Researches, deploys and optimizes resource management and scheduling software and policies. Develops and implements backup policies.
  • Understands research use cases, researches and deploys new technologies, defining cost, performance and other trade-offs.
  • Answers and resolves user tickets.
  • Participates in the integration of HPC resources with laboratory equipment such as sequencers, etc.
  • Designs, tunes and manages parallel file systems, storage and data-oriented resources.
  • Manages and maintains tools for configuration management, resource management, scheduling and all necessary aspects of HPC in accordance with best practices.
  • Researches, deploys and manages networking and security infrastructure, including development of policies and procedures.
  • Assists in developing and writing proposals and publications. Creates and provides clear documentation.
  • Works as a strong team player within the group, within Mount Sinai, and externally.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Engineering, Science or a related discipline; Master’s degree or equivalent in a domain science
  • 4 years, preferably in a Redhat Linux administration
  • Experience in a large-scale HPC cluster environment
  • Experience with parallel file systems and storage
  • Experience with archival storage and tape libraries
  • Experience with networking and security
  • Working knowledge of databases and web services
  • Experience in Infiniband, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Experience in an academic or research community environment
  • Script and programming experience
  • Must be an expert troubleshooter


  • Advanced degree
  • Experience with TSM, GPFS, LSF

Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are drivers for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education, and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together and participate actively as a leader within the Mount Sinai Health System by:

  • Serving as the primary resource management representative of the Mount Sinai leadership teams, committees, etc., and acting as the primary executive leader interface between Mount Sinai and key executives from the health systems’ vendors and partners.
  • Engaging with relevant thought leaders and policy-makers at the federal and state levels, and representing the Health System as assigned.
  • Using a lens of equity in establishing and promoting policies and procedures and providing opportunities for all to thrive.
  • Confronting racist, sexist or other inappropriate behavior and challenges exclusionary organizational practices and serving as a role model to promote anti-racist behaviors.
  • Inspiring and fostering an environment of anti-racist behaviors among and between departments and co-workers.

We work hard to acquire and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you can develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, can make an impact on quality patient care.

Explore more about this opportunity and how you can help us write a new chapter in our story!

Who We Are

Over 42,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.

Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai Morningside (formerly Mount Sinai St. Luke’s), and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate, exclude, or treat people differently on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

EOE Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans

To apply for this job please visit careers.mountsinai.org.