HPC Linux Admin

Pleasanton, CA 94588

Posted: 12/04/2017 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Information Technology Job Number: 3636

Our client develops, manufactures and supplies a wide array of innovative medical diagnostic products, services, tests, platforms and technologies.


As a HPC Linux Admin/Devops engineer with Roche you will apply your technical skills and creativity in support of our scientific research and development for Sequencing Business Area.

This position requires a technically adept individual who can work in teams across global boundaries, applying creative thought to solve complex computing challenges. Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, eagerness to learn and grow, and have a flexible approach to solving complex problems.   The candidate is required to possess current knowledge of wide range of emerging / leading edge technologies and have the technical expertise to provide support for technological solutions for complex business challenges.


  • Implementation, administration, monitoring and optimization of Linux HPC cluster environments
  • Analyze, design, code, and test software to meet business and system requirements
  • Adhere to high quality software development standards
  • Configure and integrate software development tool chain to support continuous integration
  • Troubleshoot and resolve hardware and application issues, networks, file system access, etc.
  • Ensure continuous proactive monitoring of HPC cluster and other computer systems supporting R&D team
  • Proactively troubleshoot data workflow related bottlenecks to ensure HPC systems high availability and performance, and reliability of data collection and analysis
  • Document and communicate effectively procedures, configurations, standards, etc.


  • Experience in supporting tools used for development such as Jenkins, Artifactory, Crucible
  • Experience with scripting (Python, Perl, bash, etc)
  • Experience in DevOps automation using Puppet, Ansible
  • Experience with SaaS solution providers, such as Amazon Web Service
  • Experience with virtualization solutions such as ESX
  • Excellent technical research, troubleshooting, and analytical skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Linux and good understanding of VM & Windows will be required for successful performance of this duty
  • Experience with cluster management tool (Bright Management), and resource scheduler (SGE or Univa)
  • Experience with isilon and GPFS storage
  • Solid understanding and practical experience of software development life cycles, with emphasis on release engineering functions
  • In-depth understanding of the principles and best practices of Software Configuration Management
  • Experienced with infrastructure monitoring, system administration and IT Operations process, especially Release Management
  • Experience with administration of HP ALM, JIRA, Fisheye, Crucible and Stash would be an asset



  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent education and experience
  • 7+ years of experience in configuration and integration of software development tool chain to support continuous integration
  • 7+ years of experience in Linux/UNIX and data storage, support and administration
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly.
  • Ability to handle concurrent projects with appropriate priority
  • Ability to work with team members and stakeholders in other geographic locations, across time zones, across cultures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Excellent motivator with ability to achieve results
  • Self-driven and ability to work independently and interact with project teams.
  • Demonstrated success handling initiatives of high complexity and risk
  • Works with little/no supervision and some guidance
  • Customer focused with a passion and drive for customer satisfaction and delivering business value
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Work experience in Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology industry (preferred)
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