HPC Systems Engineer III

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Information Technology


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.


With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


At Fred Hutch we value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.


The Linux System Engineer is responsible for supporting a scientific community of Data Scientists, Statisticians, Computational Biologists and Scientific Programmers with complex and frequently changing IT requirements. You will be responsible for support for HPC systems running Ubuntu Linux. These systems include HPC clusters (7000+ cores on premise) with additional resources running in AWS, Google, and Azure, application servers hosting research projects, and Ubuntu-based scientific desktop workstations. Your duties will include configuration and day-to-day support of hardware, operating systems, and applications for HPC/Linux infrastructure both on premises and in the cloud. Job responsibilities also include monitoring and improving server, storage and network performance. You will join a team of senior engineers and will interact with stakeholders from the scientific community and other IT groups at the Hutch to identify needs, prioritize and dispatch tickets, as well as develop new projects.  The HPC Engineer III position reports to the System Engineering Manager in Scientific Computing.


  • Serve as technical lead or as a team member for complex projects that provide new or improved Scientific Computing services
  • Provide and help direct customer support for scientific software and scientific computing environment as required
  • Identify and lead efforts to improve processes by increasing automation using appropriate tools
  • Develop and maintain configuration management systems for local and cloud computing solutions
  • Proactively identify issues and opportunities, and troubleshoot and tune cloud solutions for Scientific Computing services
  • Follow and offer improvements for Scientific Computing processes such as change management, incident management, and issue management
  • Develop and maintain end-user documentation including how-to documents and contribute to sciwiki.fredhutch.org
  • Conduct training on a variety of topics of expertise for the Scientific Computing team and Fred Hutch scientific community
  • Build and grow relationships with other IT professionals at Fred Hutch, and educate them about Scientific Computing
  • May require working evenings and weekends, sometimes with little advanced notice Identify opportunities and suggest methods to improve operational efficiencies
  • Identify and train in technical area(s) to develop expertise to support Scientific Computing goals
  • Mentor entry-level Engineers
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years as a systems engineer or managing Linux systems in a networked environment with increasing responsibilities
  • Experience in at least two scripting languages
  • Minimum of 2 years configuration management experience (chef, puppet, ansible, cfengine, terraform, etc.)
  • Ability to use and provide support for gitlab and github
  • Proven track record researching, developing, implementing, and socializing technical solutions
  • Experience with database technologies, particularly Postgres
  • Programming, design, data management, and system analysis skills
  • Expertise and knowledge of gathering, developing, and documenting analytic/reporting requirements
  • Ability to work and collaborate in a complex and dynamic environment
  • Ability to work independently, multitask, and prioritize workload

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS in Computer Science or Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in driving operational excellence and best practices
  • Experience with cluster or workload managers (Moab, Slurm, Torque, SGE)
  • Web stack experience (apache, nginx, tomcat, etc.)
  • Python and Bash for scripting and tooling
  • R programming experience
  • Linux performance tuning and troubleshooting
  • Two years experience using and deploying solutions with Docker
  • Two years experience with Cloud Computing technologies (AWS, Google, Azure)
  • OSS Virtualization/cloud technologies: Openstack, KVM, etc.
  • Experience in a research or educational setting
  • Pursue continued professional and technical education and training

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must, prior to their first day of employment:
Provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ; OR
Initiate the accommodations process to request a religious or medical accommodation (medical accommodations require a healthcare provider’s certification).


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

The annual base salary range for this position is from $101,359 to $160,213 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months).  

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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