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Systems/Network Administrator
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Job Summary

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Systems/Network Administrator to join its team. LIGO Laboratory is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to observing the newly discovered gravitational-wave universe. Jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the LIGO Laboratory operates world-leading observatories near Richland, WA and Baton Rouge, LA as well as R&D centers on the Caltech and MIT campuses. The LIGO Laboratory’s mission spans a broad and vibrant array of activities related to gravitational-wave physics and astronomy, including detector operations, R&D toward detector improvements, gravitational-wave astrophysics, observatory operations, and education and public outreach.

For more information, please visit the Laboratory website at www.ligo.caltech.edu  .

This position is located in Richland, WA.

Life at LIGO Hanford Observatory as a Caltech Employee

LIGO’s observatory in the shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington is an approximately 20-minute commute from Richland, WA., where it is located on the edge of the Department of Energy Hanford Site. Caltech employs a staff of 49 at the Hanford observatory. Caltech has an extraordinary science impact across many fields. Its small size creates a community where innovation and collaboration are the norm. Caltech manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, the leading US center for the robotic exploration of the Solar System. Caltech also operates large-scale research facilities such as the Palomar and Keck Observatories.

The Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco) is a rapidly developing community set in the heart of wine-country in southeast Washington state, where the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake rivers meet. The rivers and nearby Cascade and Blue mountain ranges provide ample outdoor recreation opportunities from water-skiing to fishing to hiking. The region is known for its contributions to science and technology in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the DOE Hanford Site.

People choose to work at LIGO for many reasons, often with fulfilling, long-term careers. LIGO is a family-friendly laboratory and strives to ensure everyone is able to achieve the work-life balance they desire. Employees have access to a wide range of benefits including a child-care assistance program. Caltech’s benefits program offers a quality, competitive benefits package that is affordable for you and the Institute. The program provides a strong base of coverage for you and your dependents, and the ability to choose the plan and the level of coverage that best meets your needs. We also offer a 403(b) defined contribution plan to eligible staff as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings (TDA) Plan.

Caltech HR diversity page: https://hr.caltech.edu/careers/2commitment-diversity

Caltech and LIGO Laboratory’s goal is to build a world-class, diverse workforce and support an inclusive environment that encourages professional development and offers top-notch benefits. Our talented staff, who work at the Caltech campus, or one of our Observatories, come from a variety of fields. Positions include scientists, engineers, information technology staff, outreach professionals, managers, writers, business professionals, and administrative staff. We are deeply committed to encouraging people of all backgrounds to apply for these opportunities. Our experience has demonstrated that the broader the styles, characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities of our staff-in other words, the more diverse our team is-the greater potential we have for success. Caltech is an equal opportunity employer.

LIGO Laboratory is committed to being a welcoming place for everyone regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Job Duties

This position is responsible for the curation, distribution, and analysis of LIGO scientific data. This involves maintaining computing infrastructure, participating in scientific computing, and managing the distribution and archival of data.

  • Manages the distribution of data from the instrument group to the analysis group.
  • Ensure the integrity of the data.
  • Ensure the availability of the data on the high-throughput computing systems at all LIGO sites.
  • Support the generation and distribution of the calibrated gravitational wave strain data, both online and offline forms.
  • Support the collaborations’ efforts for data processing and running analysis jobs on the high throughput parallel computing clusters.  This involves working with students and other data scientists in developing, running, and troubleshooting analysis jobs on both the LIGO Laboratory computing facilities, and the Open Science Grid computing clusters.
  • Assist in porting scientific analysis pipelines to run on the Open Science Grid.
  • Work as a backup systems administrator for the LIGO Hanford Observatory high throughput parallel computing cluster.
  • Oversee the generation of reduced data sets.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Science, or related field, or 5 years of experience in a related field.
  • 3+ years working in management and support of a high throughput computing environment.
  • 3+ years supporting Linux servers (hardware and operating systems).
  • 1+ years building and running jobs (in C/C++/Python) on a high throughput computing cluster.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience deploying and administering computing jobs with the Condor system.
  • Experience running jobs on the Open Science Grid.
  • Experience developing and supporting Conda environments.
  • Experience deploying and running processing jobs via Linux-based container systems such as LXC or Singularity.
  • Experience in an academic or research environment.
  • Experience with remote management and systems automation concepts such as Puppet or Ansible.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter


COVID-19 Vaccine Required for All Employees

Caltech has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective October 15, 2021, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees (with Institute-approved exemptions for religious or medical contraindications only). At present, an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated” when that person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). As a condition of employment, employees must submit official COVID-19 vaccine documentation. More information may be found here.
 

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

To read more Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) go to eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf.

Disability Accommodations

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