Sr. Linux System Administrator (HPC/Dev Ops)

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

Sr. Linux System Administrator (HPC/DevOps)

As part of the Global Operations team we are looking for an infrastructure engineer based in South San Francisco for our High Performance Computing (HPC) environment. You will manage agile computing environments in several locations to support our Research Partners on supporting the relevant infrastructure components to achieve agility and performance. This includes installing, configuring, administering, and fine-tuning our High Performance Computing environment and related infrastructure components across the organization in a timely, cost-effective and efficient manner.


  • Assist on the design of the new HPC infrastructure and evolution of the current environments.

  • Ensures installation, configuration and operation of the environments to achieve the performance and agility of the various applications supported (in the range of several hundreds).

  • Contributes to the concept, planning and execution of projects.

Who you are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience

  • Must have Linux Administration and scripting experience (other programming language a plus) and HPC

  • Senior level technical operational skills, such as troubleshooting, capacity planning, and root cause analysis

  • 7+ years of Linux System Administration and work related experience

  • 3 + years of experience and knowledge of HPC

  • DevOps experience a plus (Puppet, Jenkins)

  • Excellent customer orientation and delivery focus with good end user perspective

  • GPFS basics

  • Configuration management (GIT/Stash, Puppet, and basic Bright knowledge)

  • Experience working in a fast changing environments where solutions are deployed and retired at high pace

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively alone or within a team, including virtual teams

  • Proactivity, with a clear ability to think beyond boundaries, take controlled risks and assume responsibilities

  • Understanding of Computer Systems Validation and ITIL concepts, preferred

  • Active open source contributor

  • Working experience in pharmaceutical or scientific/research sector is a plus

  • Experience working in a global organization, working in an international and multicultural environment considered a plus

Basic knowledge in:

  • High Performance Computing (HPC)

  • Dockers: Mesos/Marathon, DC-OS

  • Monitoring: Ganglia, Grafana, ELK, Influxdb

  • Provisioning: Katello/ Foreman, Jenkins

  • Network: Mellanox

Advanced knowledge/consideration:

  • More than 5 years of HPC experience (High Performance Computing)

  • Monitoring: Ganglia, Grafana, ELK, Influxdb

  • Provisioning: Katello/ Foreman, Jenkins:

  • Network: Mellanox

  • Dockers: Mesos/Marathon, DC-OS


Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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Genentech is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity, visit our Genentech Careers page.

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