Research Computing Architect

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology

Working Title: Research Computing Architect

Classification Title: Operating System Analyst- Career

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Monday, September 12, 2022 @ 11:55pm PST

Please note: As of Monday, August 29th this position has been reposted and is actively accepting new applications. Apply today! (Prior applicants need not reapply.)

Hiring Preference
Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

Information Resources & Technology (IRT) partners with faculty, staff, and students to provide essential information technology services that support mission critical activities and innovative technology solutions that facilitate the accomplishment of strategic campus goals.
Under the supervision of the Director of IT Infrastructure & Identity, the position’s primary role is to be responsible for the architecture, design and deployment of Scientific Computing’s computational and data science ecosystem. This ecosystem includes high-performance computing (HPC) systems, research databases, and research network connectivity.
This Research Computing Architect will work closely with Information Technology and Resources teams, and interdisciplinary research teams to design IT systems to support data acquisition, management, and analysis requirements, and support complex interdisciplinary projects within and across the university.
The position will be responsible for the design and implementation of research environments (including: databases; compute and storage services; security and access controls; and account management processes) in coordination and collaboration with various IT service teams who are responsible for delivery of relevant services. The individual in this position is expected to maintain knowledge of new computing trends and technology, specifically including “as a service” offerings.
Work hours: generally 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday and also after hours and on-call rotation required.
All Information Technology and Resources employees should be familiar with the division’s strategic plan, mission of the University, and University Strategic Plan.

FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime)

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,372 - $10,792 

Hiring Range: $6,670 to $8,400 per month, commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training.

Salary Grade/Range: 2

Recruitment Type: Regular (Probationary)

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months 

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm; after hours and on-call rotation required.

Telecommuting Options: Hybrid Work Available (Includes Telecommuting and On-Site Work)

Department Information 

Who is IRT? 
Information Resources & Technology (IRT) partners with faculty, staff, and students to provide essential information technology services that support mission critical activities and innovative technology solutions that facilitate the accomplishment of strategic campus goals at Sacramento State. 

Minimum Qualifications 

To enter this classification, a basic foundation of knowledge and skills in operating systems programs, maintenance, and systems administration features is a prerequisite. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor’s degree, preferably in computer science, mathematics, or a related technical field, or equivalent technical training and/or experience. Foundation knowledge and skills for the Operating Systems Analyst include a working knowledge of the assigned computer operating systems, systems analysis, and systems-level programming.

Required Qualifications 

1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a relevant field or equivalent training and applied work experience.
2. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and ability to perform system and application administration at the career level including the skills required for installation, design, ongoing analysis, administration and operation of operating systems and related applications.
3. Demonstrated ability to perform critical core functions of the OSA career position including user consultation, project coordination and system administration.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
4. Demonstrated knowledge RedHat Enterprise Linux server, along with Ubuntu server.
5. Demonstrated experience with Linux scripting and programming languages (Bash, Perl, Python, SQL, JavaScript, PowerShell).
6. Demonstrated experience with current networking tools and protocols.
7. Demonstrated experience with performance monitoring software.
8. Demonstrated experience managing web servers; IIS, Apache and Tomcat.
9. Demonstrated experience applying IT security best practices, along with patch and vulnerability management.
10. Demonstrated ability to manage time, prioritize effectively, and meet deadlines
11. Demonstrated experience working in higher education.
Conditions of Employment
Ability to successfully pass background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

12. Demonstrated experience with planning, designing, building and operating a HPC cluster environment.
13. Demonstrated experience with cloud computing and services system design.
14. Experience with design and/or management of hybrid on-premise/cloud computing services.
15. Demonstrated knowledge of the research process, data lifecycle, and data workflows.
16. Demonstrated experience supporting data management and analysis in Python, R, Matlab, and/or Stata on Linux based systems.
17. Demonstrated experience executing workloads on scheduled HPC systems, interactive Linux systems and cloud-based platforms such as Databricks or Amazon EMR.
18. Demonstrated knowledge with authentication systems; CAS, Shibboleth, SAML.
19. Demonstrated experience with Ansible Linux configuration management tools.
20. Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Active Directory and Windows server administration.
Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, cover letter.

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

CSU Telecommuting Program

Sacramento State is participating in the CSU Telecommuting Program. The opt-in program is available for positions within the Management Personnel Plan (MPP), Academic Professionals of California (APC) union, or California State University Employees Union (CSUEU). All CSU employees, regardless of telecommuting status, must still comply with the CSU’s Out of State Employment Policy.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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