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Campus Cyberinfrastructure Engineer position available at Rutgers University

Posted by Hannah Remmert on 01/31/2018 14:23 UTC

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The Rutgers University Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) was established in 2015 as a university-wide office to provide strategic Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) leadership to the research and education communities on all campuses of the university, coordinate technology investments in ACI and related expertise, and catalyze and nurture cyberinfrastructure-enabled multidisciplinary research – all aimed at fostering a productive scientific and scholarly community of excellence in advanced computing and data-enabled science that empowers research, learning, and societal engagement. By reporting to both the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Information Technology, OARC acts as a bridge between the research and IT communities. This commitment by the university lays the groundwork for establishing a sustainable, centralized advanced cyberinfrastructure (ACI) initiative at Rutgers University. This includes providing a scalable next generation ACI environment that leverages local, regional, national, and cloud resources, creating a powerful solution to not only meet the computing needs of industry, academia, and government, but to create an environment conducive to facilitating innovative ideas.

Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Engineer for the Office of Advanced Research Computing. The incumbent in this position works closely with world-class researchers at Rutgers University to enable optimal use of the university’s SDN environment, with responsibility for supporting researchers with data-intensive network requirements demanding optimal end-to-end performance and those who use the platform for network research.

Working under general direction, the CI Engineer identifies network and end-to-end performance requirements of research groups and coordinates design modifications and configuration changes needed by network research, including hardware, and software. In partnership with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) network group and/or departmental/college IT group(s), the incumbent carries out network performance measurements and monitors both the research and enterprise networks to ensure that requirements have been met and that optimal or near-optimal utilization of the research network has been achieved.

The CI Engineer participates in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of the university SDN environment and works very closely with the OIT and/or departmental/college network groups, in support of external Internet and Internet2 connectivity, the university’s core network infrastructure, the access and distribution layers of the campus network, and network equipment in research centers throughout the campus. This incumbent is routinely embedded for periods of time within research centers throughout the university in order to carry out the required functions.

Among the key duties of the position are the following:

  • Designs and implements solutions to support the SDN based research network to meet the needs of the university research community, including solutions for both ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-low latency, in order to achieve the required end-to-end performance (which also involves related topics like capacity and circuit headroom, buffering, quality of service marking of traffic, etc.).
  • Designs and implements solutions to support international research collaborations, including solutions involving both software and hardware components and different functional and performance requirements.
  • Designs and implements network performance metrics and proactively recommends solutions for capacity-planning purposes.
  • Provides guidance and works with others in the department and division concerning the architecture and strategic direction of future research networks.
  • Develops and ensures compliance with university network architectural design and network standards.
  • Makes decisions and follows through; assesses a situation and make an optimal and speedy decision despite limited information.
  • Participates in preparation of research proposals to external funding entities to provide expertise in the area of cyberinfrastructure.
  • Makes proactive recommendations through investigation of multiple possible solutions and strategies for designing and implementing a more robust and reliable set of core technology services.
  • Works closely with the project management team to ensure the establishment of realistic project schedules and budgets.
  • Employs project management methodology to ensure projects are completed within specified time constraints, policies, and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains thorough and complete system documentation.


Minimum Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree focused on network research (SDN) or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Three (3) years of relevant experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience working with both campus and experimental (SDN) networks
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact in a collaborative way with research faculty and their teams.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to diagnose and provide solutions for problems with little or no outside assistance and the ability to build on existing experience to solve problems never before encountered
  • Ability to quickly learn about, deploy, and troubleshoot diverse software packages used in the scientific research community, especially their networking requirements.
  • Ability to operate under tight time deadlines and changing priorities alone or as part of a team.
  • Ability to thoroughly and independently research emerging technologies and effectively communicate gained knowledge to technically and non-technically skilled audiences

Preferred Qualifications

  • CCNP certification, or equivalent hands-on experience, is strongly preferred.
  • Graduate degree
  • Background in computational science and/or engineering
  • Background and experience in high-performance computing or large-scale online storage systems with parallel file systems.
  • Experience in designing IT solutions that address federally mandated security requirements.
  • Experience in designing IT resources that support development of scientific software, data analysis, or data visualization.
  • Experience performing design work involving peering with other institutions, traffic engineering, and performance troubleshooting (frame/packet tagging, quality of service, etc.)
  • Experience in Linux or Windows system administration
  • One year of network engineering experience, including routing and switching
  • One year of experience working in or supporting university research at the university, school, department, or research group level
  • Knowledge of network communication technologies and protocols and the ability to apply that knowledge to design creative solutions, particularly in the area of high end-to-end performance research networks
  • Understanding of the implications of the interconnecting of data center enterprise-grade resources (including public cloud solutions and local vendor-specific clouds) with high-performance research clusters
  • Ability to clearly document specs/designs is highly valued.