The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) is operated by ETH Zurich and is located in Lugano, Switzerland. CSCS develops and provides the key supercomputing capabilities required to solve important problems to science and/or society.

Storage Engineer for HPC and Cloud Technologies

We are looking for a storage engineer within the Data and Network Services group which forms part of the High-Performance Computing (HPC) Operations unit. The unit is responsible for the management of multiple HPC systems such as the Cray XC50 Piz Daint supercomputer, clusters for different customers such as MeteoSwiss and OpenStack based cloud environments. An essential component of the infrastructure is a multi-petabyte HPC storage environment based on Lustre, site-wide IBM Spectrum Scale parallel file systems, cloud storage technologies such as Swift-on-file and Ceph and an IBM Spectrum Protect backup environment.
The focus of the position is operational support and continuous development of our hybrid HPC and cloud storage ecosystem, from its architectural design, procurement, deployment, monitoring and reporting, on behalf of our diverse user communities and customers. This is a fantastic opportunity to further technical skills while working at a world-class computer centre.

The candidate is expected to have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience. The candidate must be able to demonstrate at least 2 years of experience in administrating storage systems in HPC and cloud environments. Evidence of deploying POSIX parallel file systems such as Lustre or GPFS and cloud storage technologies where access rights are controlled in a multi-tenant, role-based access control (RBAC) environment is a plus. An ideal candidate has OpenStack or similar Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) public cloud deployment experience and a sound understanding of container technologies and orchestration systems.
Beside your motivation to accept new challenges and to work independently in a problem-solving way within a vibrant environment, you are characterized by strong communication and organisational skills. You are a solution-oriented person and you are able to work under pressure. The ideal candidate is a team player and feels comfortable working in an international and multidisciplinary environment in a new centre in the heart of Lugano. Excellent command of written and spoken English (official working language) is a must. Knowledge of Italian, German and/or French is considered an advantage.
The positions are permanent (with an initial probation period of three months). Starting date: as soon as possible. You will benefit from a competitive salary based on experience and performance.

We look forward to your online application, to Stephanie Frequente, CSCS Human Resources. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. We also do not accept applications from recruitment agencies.

For further information please contact Colin McMurtrie, (no applications), Associate Director or visit

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CSCS: Storage Engineer for HPC and Cloud Technologies


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