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Senior System Administrator, Datacenter Operations

GroqFull-time$99k - $183kRemote; Mountain View, CaliforniaApr 16, 2024

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At Groq. We believe in an AI economy powered by human agency. We envision a world where AI is accessible to all, a world that demands processing power that is better, faster, and more affordable than is available today. AI applications are currently constrained by the limitations of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), a technology originally developed for the gaming market and soon to become the weakest link in the AI economy.

Enter Groq's LPU™ Inference Engine. Specifically engineered for the demands of large language models (LLMs), the Language Processing Unit outpaces the GPU in speed, power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. The quickest way to understand the opportunity is to watch the following talk –

Why join Groq? AI will change humanity forever, and we believe preservation of human agency and self determination is only possible if AI is made affordably and universally accessible. Groq’s LPUs will power AI from an early stage, and you will get to leave your fingerprint on civilization.

Senior System Administrator, Datacenter Operations

About this role: 

Groq is building the hardware and software for the next generation of high performance machine learning. Groq hardware is designed to be both high performance and highly responsive. Groq’s new simplified architecture drives incredible performance at batch size one.
This senior level position will be responsible for deploying and maintaining systems and servers in our data center.

Responsibilities & opportunities in this role:

  • Directly Responsible Individual for our Datacenters and operations
  • Install and maintain servers and other rack gear in our Datacenter and Lab space
  • System Administration tasks:
    • Installation of Linux systems and networks
    • Troubleshooting
    • Device and systems management
    • Automation of tasks and key systems
  • Work closely with InfoSec and other departments to protect Groq’s infrastructure
  • Track inventory of spare parts, respond to tickets and general DC duties

Ideal candidates have/are:

  • Extensive experience in a small company environment
  • Desire to take ownership, drive solutions and to make a difference
  • Ability to train entry-level and up employees
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely through video, IM and other systems

Qualifications for this role:

At minimum:

  • 5+ years of Linux System Administration 
  • Advanced troubleshooting skills
  • Networking Experience (DNS, DHCP, PXE, TCP/IP)
  • Experience writing/modifying code to improve monitoring and automation (e.g., Python, Shell Scripting, etc.)
  • Detail Oriented and Highly Organized
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Proven ability to work with external parties including vendors and customers
  • Self-motivated and driven to achieve results
  • Flexibility working across multiple systems and contexts
  • 4 year degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent professional experience required
  • Some travel may be required, up to two weeks a quarter, both US and international
  • Ability to move/rack gear up to 50 pounds

Highly valued, not required:

  • Start-up experience
  • Professional experience with common configuration management tools (ansible, chef, puppet, foreman)
  • Experience working within a data center or network operation center environment
  • macOS and Linux System Administration experience
  • Interest in AI/ML technologies

Attributes of a Groqster:

  • Humility - Egos are checked at the door
  • Collaborative & Team Savvy - We make up the smartest person in the room, together
  • Growth & Giver Mindset - Learn it all versus know it all, we share knowledge generously
  • Curious & Innovative - Take a creative approach to projects, problems, and design
  • Passion, Grit, & Boldness - no limit thinking, fueling informed risk taking

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

Compensation: At Groq, a competitive base salary is part of our comprehensive compensation package, which includes equity and benefits. For this role, the base salary range is $99,800 to $183,800, determined by your skills, qualifications, experience and internal benchmarks.

Location: Groq is a geo-agnostic company, meaning you work where you are. Exceptional candidates will thrive in asynchronous partnerships and remote collaboration methods. Some roles may require being located near our primary sites, as indicated in the job description.  

At Groq: Our goal is to hire and promote an exceptional workforce as diverse as the global populations we serve. Groq is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and belonging in all aspects of our organization. We value and celebrate diversity in thought, beliefs, talent, expression, and backgrounds. We know that our individual differences make us better.


Groq is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  We also take affirmative action to offer employment opportunities to minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

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