Umeå universitet, High Performance Computing Center North (HPC2N)

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HPC2N, Umeå University, is one of the leading national supercomputing centers. We are currently seeking an experienced system engineer to primarily work with our new heterogeneous computing system Kebnekaise.

Job Description

The main working tasks include operation and system maintenance of HPC2N’s new large scale parallel computer system, Kebnekaise. Working with HPC2N’s other computer resources, including other high-performance parallel computer systems and networks, large-scale disk and tape storage systems, are also included. Responsibilities include operation and maintenance of hardware and software, monitoring, troubleshooting, user support, etc., of heterogeneous systems in a distributed environment. Evaluation of new technologies is an integral part of the work. To give user support is also an important activity.

We work primarily with Linux (Ubuntu and RedHat), but other operating systems are used at HPC2N.

Keywords that occur in the operations include: Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, CentOS), GPGPU, Intel KNL, HPC, Queue system (SLURM), parallel file system (Lustre), AFS, security system (Kerberos, SSH), Puppet, EasyBuild, Git, a variety of programming languages (such as C, C ++, Fortran, Java, various scripting language such as Ruby, Python, Perl, and various shell), MPI, OpenMP, CUDA, OpenCL, StarPU, as well as various cloud, grid and web technologies.

Participation in national and international projects occurs.


Master of Science in Computing Science or equivalent.

Demonstrated experience in several of the following areas:

  • Operation of larger distributed parallel systems in the Linux environment (Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, CentOS)
  • Installation of hardware and software
  • Troubleshooting and profiling tools in parallel environments
  • Programming environments for high performance and parallel computing
  • Script Language: shell scripts, Perl and Python
  • Operation and management of networks and network equipment
  • Automation of repetitive tasks
  • Monitoring of complex heterogeneous computer environments
  • Basic and advanced user support

Since most of the work will be done in an international environment, a high level of proficiency in both spoken and written English is a requirement.

Requirements also include the ability to independently plan, organize, document and follow up on your work, but also on social skills and ability to communicate with colleagues and users.

More information

Further information is available from HPC2N’s Director Bo Kågström, 090-786 54 19, or HPC2N’s Technical Coordinator Björn Torkelsson, 090-786 79 28,


Applications must be written in English or Swedish, and include a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and reasons for why you are applying for the position, a CV, certified copies of diploma and certificates, and the names and contact information for two reference persons.

Applications are made via e-recruitment system MyNetwork Pro.

Welcome with your application!

High Performance Computing Center North (HPC2N) is one of Sweden's leading supercomputing centers, and one of six centers in the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). HPC2N is based at Umeå University, and is a joint venture between the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Luleå University of Technology, Mid Sweden University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Umeå University.

HPC2N is operating high-performance parallel computer systems and networks, large-scale disk and tape storage systems. We work closely with researchers to be able to utilize our resources in the best possible way.

Our newest computing resource, Kebnekaise is Sweden's most modern computing cluster, with the latest generation of Intel processors, both Broadwell Xeon and Xeon Phi (Knights Landing), NVidia GPUs and nodes with up to 3TB of memory. All coupled with a fast InfiniBand network.

For more information about HPC2N see:

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible, according to agreement.
Salary monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-366-17
  • Bo Kågström,, 090-7865419
  • Björn Torkelsson,, 090-7867928
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 13.Apr.2017
Last application date 02.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CEST

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