Senior Computer Specialist

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 193000 - HPC2
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

17/Minimum $68,600

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Manage the design, specification, procurement, deployment, and operation of UNIX/Linux-based computing systems, including desktop, server, and high performance computing (HPC) resources.
2. Provide high-level user support for UNIX/Linux-based computing systems.
3. Research, evaluate and recommend the implementation of new technologies and work with other technical staff to develop implementation strategies.
4. Manage, train, and provide operational oversight of junior-level systems administrators, as well as work with other system administration staff members.
5. Other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with 8 years of experience in computer support or a computer related field. Additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Additional Qualifications:
• Demonstrated knowledge in research computing, including experience delivering and managing high performance computing (HPC) cluster solutions.
• Extensive working knowledge of SuSE, Redhat and derivative operating systems.
• Extensive working knowledge of networking technologies and services including TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, PXE, and InfiniBand.
• Extensive working knowledge of Linux software packaging deployment tools.
• Experience with shell scripting and other high-level programming languages
• Well-developed interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to perform with professionalism and produce quality, reliable results.
• Strong analytical and technical skills with an attention for detail and accuracy.
• Highly self-motivated and directed, with experience working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
• Must be US citizen.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. 

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

•No or very limited physical effort required.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
•Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
•Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
•Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). For additional information, contact Kim Schmidt at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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