Network Engineer

Network Engineering Group

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) advances discovery and innovation through extreme-scale computing, science-enabling software, and the skills of our expert staff. The center is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement—and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life.

For more than 30 years, NCSA has partnered with visionaries to discover solutions to grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. Our advanced digital resources and world-class staff push research beyond the unimaginable. Can you imagine? We can.

NCSA is currently looking for a Network Engineer to work in its Network Engineering Group.

Key responsibilities

  • Research Network Engineering (60%)
    • Collaborate with researchers to analyze existing networking solutions. Using data collected from this process, architect and evolve the fault-tolerant, high-performance research data network and related network services that interconnect all NCSA systems and research computing resources to end-users and researchers.
    • Provide consulting expertise to researchers across a variety of domain sciences to leverage synergies across projects, and design and support shared cyberinfrastructure network to support a broad range of communities.
    • Innovative full lifecycle engagement of the networking hardware and software that comprise the NCSA high-performance research network: design, deployment, and monitoring.
    • Apply scientific domain knowledge to architect and design creative networks to help researchers address heterogenous problems.
    • Continually advance skills and knowledge regarding NCSA duties by researching online, with periodicals or by means of attending lectures or conferences.
    • Forecast future trends in research networking and apply findings to new solutions.
    • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses between varieties of novel approaches to research and scientific software development problems and recommend service improvements based on findings.
  • Research Communication and Outreach (40%)
    • Maintain technical involvement in cutting-edge, multi-institution networking research projects and conferences.
    • Function as a representative of NCSA within the scientific computing community in that capacity.
    • Present research network documentation for use in end-user documentation, project colleagues, research grant proposals, and other NCSA published works to NCSA groups and Principal Investigators.
    • Contribute to publications, technical reports, and documentation.
    • This includes authoring sections in the proposals themselves, describing the recommended networking services and solutions.
    • Collaborate with external research and networking groups to further the strategic mission of NCSA.

Required education and experience

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or related field.
  • At least two years of experience as a network engineer or closely related which includes experience with the following:
    • Juniper, Arista, and Cisco.
    • Dynamic routing protocols (e.g. OSPF, IS-IS, BGP).
    • DNS and DHCP administration in a Unix environment.
    • Many operating systems (e.g. BSD, Linux).
    • IPv6 deployment and/or operational experience.
    • IP multicast troubleshooting.
    • TCP performance tuning (including related Linux/Unix kernel tuning parameters).
    • Configuring and operating hardware firewalls.
    • Site-to-site and remote-access virtual private networks.

To apply please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume. Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters may also be uploaded). The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

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