New York Genome Center
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Scientific System Administrator, Research Computing

The Scientific System Administrator will enhance and support the high-performance computing and data storage environment for the New York Genome Center (‘NYGC’). This individual will be a member of the research computing team that manages multi-petabyte data storage systems and HPC clusters of thousands of cores to support multiple informatics teams that analyze large data sets for genomic research. This role reports to the Senior Director of Research Computing. NYGC IT is dedicated to cross-training, mentorship, continuous improvement and working collaboratively with our scientific partners.

Job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with expanding the size and functionality of NYGC’s compute and storage;
  • Assist internal and external users with utilizing compute and storage facilities;
  • Expand automation and monitoring for systems expansion, management, and environment creation;
  • Install, configure, monitor and debug scientific software tools and HPC workloads;
  • Evaluate processes for automation and optimization, collaborating with scientists to reduce time and effort to produce results;
  • Ensure functionality of compute and storage;
  • Perform data management tasks including migration, transfer to external collaborators, and reporting;
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance as a subject matter expert;
  • Create written documentation for other admins and users;
  • Work closely with scientific staff and partner collaborators to ensure that the system is both usable and useful;
  • Assist installation and maintenance of web applications;
  • Participate in security reviews and hardening efforts;
  • Participate as a member of a team that values cross-training and collaboration.


Technologies in Use

Linux, Terraform, Slurm, Bash, Python, Puppet, Go, Foreman, Docker, git, nginx, Dell Servers and OpenManage, Spectrum Scale (GPFS), Spectrum Archive (LTFSEE), VMWare, Jira, Confluence, Globus/GridFTP, Google Cloud, AWS, Prometheus, Grafana, Elasticsearch, Zabbix.


Required Skills

  • At least 5 years experience in Unix / Linux system administration;
  • At least 2 years experience in at least 2 of the technologies in use;
  • Strong Linux/UNIX scripting skills for data movement and process automation;
  • Experience with automation tools;
  • Experience with virtualized environments and infrastructure;
  • Must be able to work in a dynamic environment;
  • Excellent written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in learning about new technologies and genomic sciences. A candidate’s commitment to expanding their skills and training others is highly valued.



  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.

Work Flexibility

NYGC has established a flexible work policy to give employees and other staff more ability to balance their work, personal commitments, and commuting challenges. The incumbent in this position is eligible for a flexible work schedule or hybrid remote work arrangement with supervisory approval. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.


Salary & Benefits

The pay range for this position is $87,500 – 112,000 per year; the base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

In addition, NYGC offers a full range of medical, financial, and other benefits as well as generous time off. This includes Medical/Dental/Vision for employees & dependent(s); Vacation, Holidays, Sick, and Other Leave, including a paid winter break; a 401(k) match; Life Insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; employee Tuition Reimbursement; flexible schedules and telework options for some positions; an Employee Assistance Program; and much more.


About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.


Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with the leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.


Equal Opportunity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to NYGC’s core mission. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.


The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NYGC takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


FLSA Status – Exempt

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship or relocation assistance.