Computer Systems Supervisor

Information Technology
JG-Joint Genome Institute
92347 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Computer Systems Supervisor to join the team.



In this exciting role, you will help build our high-performance hardware and software infrastructure. The JGI’s mission is to support, enable, and amplify the scientific output of the environmental genomics community. As the demand for sequencing and *omics data has increased, the complexity of the infrastructure needed to support this effort has increased.



The JGI relies on high-performance computing systems managed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) facility, as well as user and data management systems run in Berkeley Lab’s IT Division. You will be responsible for ensuring high availability of the hardware that supports mission critical systems, collaborating with JGI’s partners at Berkeley Lab, and architecting a strategy for infrastructure that can support JGI’s growth over the next 5-10 years. This role will be a unique blend of hands-on technical work and strategic planning for an incredibly dynamic workload. This position also analyzes the characteristics of JGI application codes and their usage on HPC/IT systems and collaborates with NERSC/IT to monitor system utilization. You are responsible for managing user data collected JGI compute and data systems, as well as assisting with operational and system-level data.



What You Will Do:

  • Recruit, retain, and develop the staff responsible for maintaining JGI’s computing infrastructure.
  • Set goals for staff that align with JGI and DSI strategic priorities.
  • Organize work to ensure staff understands their duties and delegated tasks.
  • Monitor employee performance and provide constructive feedback and coaching.
  • Lead (or collaborate on) systems programming projects to maintain and enhance system functionality, in areas such as large systems monitoring, systems and workload management and file systems and I/O subsystems.
  • Develop and use tools to manage task automation on the computational systems.
  • Install, test, maintain and manage the JGI computational systems.
  • Identify and evaluate emerging technologies and explore new features that would create new capabilities and enhance system performance and usability.
  • Recommend and lead implementation and deployment efforts for system improvements that enhance reliability, stability, usability, performance and security.
  • Work independently and with JGI’s infrastructure partners (including NERSC, EMSL, and LBL IT) to diagnose and fix system problems, help analyze system issues and develop and implement workarounds and/or patches for software bugs.
  • Participate in working/user/advocacy groups and represent JGI and its interests to the broader DOE community.
  • Provide leadership and technical guidance to the Data Science and Informatics Department as well as JGI staff.
  • With the CIO, managing the budget for JGI software and hardware infrastructure.
  • Develop a strategic plan for JGI infrastructure in partnership with the CIO and JGI leadership.
  • Lead the procurement of hardware infrastructure to support JGI Science and Operations.



What is Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business, or a related field, and or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience with systems programming or management of large-scale UNIX based systems in a high-performance computing (HPC) or warehouse-scale computing (WSC) environment.
  • Experience managing and leading diverse teams.
  • Experience with C and shell/PERL/Python systems programming as well as with processor, interconnect, and storage technologies for High Performance Computing systems.
  • Experience with installation, configuration, monitoring, and tuning of workload management systems such as SLURM.
  • Experience with the installation, operation, and testing of network infrastructure components, including switches and firewalls.
  • Experience in the Research and Education or Higher Education sectors.
  • Experience with strategic planning of complex infrastructure to support life sciences workloads.
  • Strong technical and collaboration skills needed to create and deploy innovative ways of allowing our diverse user base to effectively utilize the unique resources that JGI relies upon.
  • Knowledge of configuration management systems such as Puppet and Ansible.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in large projects, and contribute to an active intellectual environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Understand user needs and show initiative, tact and good judgment in developing solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrated excellent systems programming skills and strong knowledge of UNIX/Linux internals.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and support complex web and computing infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead complex projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical guidance, mentoring, and leadership to staff.



Desired Qualifications:

  • A minimum of two years of experience in a lead/supervisory role.
  • Desirable qualifications include experience in one or more of the following:
  • Performance variability
  • Workflow managers
  • Cloud-based computing – IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
  • Specialized networking (infiniband, high-speed networks)
  • Lustre or other parallel file systems


For full consideration, please apply by April 26, 2021.




  • This is a full-time, career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.



Learn About Us:

JGI & Berkeley Lab: A View to Fuel Innovative Science in the Public Interest

They say it’s all about location and Berkeley Lab has it all: a view above the San Francisco Bay, cool breezes, and world-class multidisciplinary science within a diverse and respectful research ecosystem of 5,000 people. Nearly 90 years ago, Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the inventor of the cyclotron, brought physicists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians together in Berkeley above the University of California campus to tackle the most urgent scientific challenges. Today, after garnering 13 Nobel Prizes, Berkeley Lab has sustained and grown that tradition of open, interdisciplinary team science, exemplified by how the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) addresses the most pressing energy and environmental challenges using integrative genome science approaches. JGI takes up residence in the new, state-of-the-art Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) along with the U.S. Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) to expand the frontiers of energy and environmental science in partnership with the worldwide community of researchers. Will you join us and be a critical part of our next ground-breaking discoveries?


Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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