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National Renewable Energy Laboratory HPC User Support Technician in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

HPC User Support Technician



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description


Your job will be front-line support for the High Performance Computing user community which includes scientists, researchers, and students at many levels of education and experience.

Job duties shall include:

  • Respond to requests for technical support. Identify, troubleshoot, and resolve problems for individuals in an efficient manner.

  • Contribute to internal and external technical documentation.

  • Run diagnostic tests to isolate issues and escalate as needed.

  • Document customer issues, communicate service information to users, and record actions using ticketing system.

  • Collaborate and consult with the Computational Science Center's systems administrators, scientists, and researchers to resolve technical issues for users.

  • Managing multifactor authentication tokens, authorization, safeguarding data, and assisting clients as needed.

  • HPC job scheduling support using tools such as Moab, Torque, PBS, and Slurm.

  • Troubleshooting and compiling from source code on Linux-based systems.

Knowledge and Attributes:

  • Excellent communication skills; able to work and communicate effectively with people at all levels of the organization.

  • Excellent multi-tasking skills; prioritizes and performs a variety of concurrent tasks with minimal direction.

  • Working knowledge and experience with Linux, Windows, and Mac end-user computers.

  • Strong familiarity with the Linux command line and SSH.

  • Familiarity compiling applications on Linux systems (e.g. Makefiles, configure, and make).

  • Ability to understand and troubleshoot user workflow.

  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally as part of a team and directly with the users.

  • Proactive approach to customer service.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field or equivalent related education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

Good analytical and problem solving skills. Good written and verbal communication skills. Basic programming and/or maintenance ability with various computer software programs and information systems.

Preferred Qualifications

Required Skills:

  • Two or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience in Linux, OS X, and Windows operating systems.

  • Working knowledge of the Unix/Linux command line.

  • Strong working knowledge of Linux, software application products.

  • Good understanding of Linux administration and troubleshooting.

  • Proficient in analytical techniques and practices.

  • Solid communication, interpersonal, project management and customer relations skills.

  • The ability to work as a team player.

  • Must be a proactive and a solution-oriented problem solver.

  • Ability to bridge gaps between domain language (engineering, science) and computing solution language.

  • Customer focused.

  • Proven ability to embrace and drive change.

  • Clear dedication to excellence and advancing beyond the current state.

  • Strong personal motivation.

  • Good networking skills, able to develop and maintain relationships with wider Scientific Computing community.

Preferred Skills:

  • Previous experience with High-Performance Computing systems.

  • Key skills include working with Linux, Bash, Python, Docker, and Git.

  • Basic enterprise networking experience.

  • Service Desk Software experience (ServiceNow, BMC, Salesforce).

  • Experience with Python web frameworks (Django, Flask).

  • Experience with virtualization environments including VMWare or OpenStack.

  • Experience with container environments (Docker, Singularity, Shifter, UGE, podman).

  • Experience with design and implementation of authentication and authorization systems including AD, IDM/IPA and AIM. Manage user accounts, authentication, authorization, roles and access policies.

  • Experience supporting customers using scripting or development experience and Bash and shell configuration.


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