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High-Performance Computing System Administrator/Engineer at the GenomeDK life science facility

The Department of Biomedicine of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as a High-Performance Computing System Administrator/Engineer at GenomeDK as per 15 January 2021 or as soon as possible. The position is a fulltime permanent position.

About Department of Biomedicine
We offer a vibrant international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The Department employs some 450 people and covers a range of research areas within Biomedicine. We contribute to the Bachelor’s degree programs in medicine, molecular medicine, odontology and the Master’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and medical chemistry. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

About GenomeDK
GenomeDK is a high-performance computing (HPC) facility dedicated to genomic and bioinformatic analyses in precision medicine and life sciences. We currently manage 6400 cores, 12 PB of high-performance storage, 550+ users, and 300+ projects. GenomeDK is anchored under the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine and the Joint AU/RM Genome Data Center, based on a collaboration between Aarhus University, Aarhus University Hospital and the Central Denmark Region. Day-to-day maintenance of GenomeDK is carried out by a small team of system administrators which refer to the “Technical steering committee”.
Physically, we are located at the Bioinformatics Research Centre, Aarhus University, and are thus very close to many of our largest users.

The team of system administrators are responsible for a diverse range of tasks: technical maintenance of the cluster, development of tools, user support, workshops, purchases and expansion planning, grant applications, accounting, and user documentation. These tasks are distributed based on interests and time, so you are not expected to take part in all of them. However, we are a small team and helping out when needed is essential.

We work with a range of technologies, most importantly Linux (CentOS), Slurm, BeeGFS, ZFS, Ansible and MariaDB with most of our internal tools written in Bash, Python, Rust, and C.

We expect that you:

  • Are familiar with Linux basics such as system calls, file systems, and networking.
  • Skilled in at least one of the above mentioned programming languages. However, you do not need to be experienced with HPC or the involved technologies as such.
  • Are friendly and helpful, as we have a strong focus on good support for our users.
  • Are good at collaborating in a small team.
  • Have strong analytical/problem solving skills.
  • Are fluent in English and/or Danish.
We offer:
  • A friendly, dynamic, international, supportive and enthusiastic working environment with exciting tasks and challenges, and that warmly welcomes innovative thinking for advancing our HPC facility.
  • The opportunity to become familiar with the technical and administrative details of running a large high-performance computing facility.
  • A high degree of freedom in your daily work.
  • A very flexible and family-friendly workplace.

We look positively upon applicants with previous experience using or managing HPC facilities, but any candidate with strong analytical skills and a good understanding of operating system internals is highly encouraged to apply.

As we provide services to Aarhus University Hospital for their clinical data analyses, you will take part in our flexible weekend duty rotation which involves two daily checks for urgent problems. The weekend duty is compensated on top of the negotiated salary.

Questions about the position
If you have any questions about the position, please contact system administrators Dan Søndergaard (, 22 66 68 77), Anders Halager (, 28 57 02 84) or professors Mikkel Heide Schierup ( or Anders Børglum (

We expect to conduct interviews in week 50.

Terms of employment
Terms of employment and pay are regulated by the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and academics in the state.

Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Indication of education (a copy of the diplomas should be uploaded)
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the recruitment system
We refer to the faculty’s Guideline for applicants.

Deadline:29 November 2020

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at


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