Linux System Administrator - Statistics - Department of Statistics - Division of Computing, Data Science and Society
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The Linux Systems Administrator in Statistics administers and supports instructional and research computing for the Statistical Computing Facility (SCF) and the Econometrics Laboratory (EML), a unit of the Institute of Business and Economic Research (IBER) located in the Department of Economics. This position is the technical administrator for hardware, operating systems, and network management for client groups including faculty, grad students, researchers, and visitors. In addition, it provides frontline technical support for both research and instruction, and is predominantly onsite. The position is part of a team that includes a Systems Administration Manager and an Application Programmer.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: July 8, 2022 - OPEN UNTIL FILLED
25% Proposes and implements system enhancements (software and hardware updates) to improve the performance and reliability of the system. Configures and operates unattended operating system upgrades. Prepares and applies security updates and patches. Maintains and supports current releases of a wide range of application packages. Performs complex analysis to acquire, install, modify and support operating systems, databases, utilities and Internet/intranet-related tools.
25% Performs systems programming using a variety of scripting languages. Automates routine tasks using configuration management. Monitors hardware for failures and works with vendors to identify faulty components and to obtain replacement hardware.
15% Functions as the main customer service representative for the computing facility. Consults with faculty, researchers, students, visitors, and staff to meet their IT needs.
10% Performs complex security control activities to prevent unauthorized access to networked resources. Tracks, evaluates, verifies, and mitigates relevant security issues. Responsible for developing and maintaining procedures for host-based and network-based vulnerability analysis and intrusion detection. Administers security policies to control access to systems.
10% Creates and maintains documentation of systems and services.
10% Performs other duties as assigned, including support of end-point devices, AV systems, etc. Is available after hours and on weekends to resolve both planned and unplanned outages.
5% Operates internal data communications systems, including LAN switch gear. May perform moderately complex networking tasks and interoperability assessments for interconnected servers or components of clusters for communication
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
- Has the necessary skills to manage relationships and communicate across various audiences in order to provide excellent customer service. Ability to write technical documentation in a clear and concise manner.
- Demonstrated skills associated with adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs. Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of how system management actions affect other systems, system users and dependent /related functions.
- Extensive knowledge, skill, and experience with Linux system administration.
- Demonstrated experience writing and editing complex scripts used to perform system maintenance and administration.
- Advanced knowledge of computer security best practices and policies including demonstrated experience securing server-based software.
- Experience configuring, deploying, and troubleshooting file, web, directory, and network services.
- General knowledge of other areas of IT. Thorough understanding of and experience with systems-related issues and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance. Can acquire new skills and knowledge to evaluate, adapt, and deploy new technologies as they emerge. Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates problem-solving skills. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.
- Experience with revision control systems such as git.
- Experience with cluster software such as SLURM or Torque.
- Familiarity with configuration management tools such as ansible, chef, or puppet.
- Familiarity with container and virtualization tools and technologies such as docker, Kubernetes, kvm, virtualBox, and VMware.
- Familiarity with MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQLite.
- At least 5 years of experience in system administration, including network administration, data security, application development and support, and user support.
Salary & Benefits
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- The salary range designated for this position: $90,000 - $112,000; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.
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