Senior Systems Administrator
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute - Seattle, WA

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Opportunity Overview:
We are a tight-knit group of IT professionals actively developing and maintaining a high-performance computational and storage infrastructure supporting the search for essential drugs, vaccines and diagnostics that will help to eliminate the world's most devastating infectious diseases. Our IT team is fully integrated with the science and we strive for continuous improvement in everything we do. We are smart, energetic, fast-paced, and looking for a key team member.

We seek a Senior Systems Administrator who can take command of a complicated computational and storage environment. We want a technical person who thrives on collaboration and has a passion for using the latest tools for automation and instrumentation. We value the ability to learn new technologies on a daily basis, rather than possessing paper certifications.

Our environment is complex. Automation and consistency is key. A variety of projects with short release cycles, hundreds of servers both on the premises and in the “cloud,” and nearly a petabyte of storage online means we get lots of chances to impress our customers.

The impact of our IT team isn't limited to just server deployments and hardware monitoring. We create tools and processes that our entire computational and business systems infrastructure depends on. We need an individual who thrives on solving problems in creative ways. The right candidate will have experience in a role that provides support to a research or product development team that depends on awesome IT to make them successful.

At Seattle BioMed, we employ intelligent, curious, and fun individuals and we value what it takes to keep them happy. You’ll get the chance to make important architectural decisions, select platforms and guide projects from inception to launch. You'll be supplied with the cutting edge hardware and software you need to do your job and have opportunities to attend conferences to keep you up to date and inspired. Need a book? No problem. Interested in a new technology? Research it, tell us what you’ve learned, and help us integrate it.

We work in the burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle with great dining, recreation and transportation options. Work-life balance is important to us and we don’t try to impress each other with how much overtime we’re doing. Building reliable, resilient systems is the key. If you agree this is the way to build and operate IT systems, talk to us.

Skills & Requirements:
8-10 years Linux systems admin experience

Mastery of scripting. We like Python, Ruby and Bourne Shell

Puppet and/or Chef experience

Cluster/grid computing experience with Sun Grid Engine (SGE) and cluster distributions such as Rocks required

Storage: NetApp/Data ONTAP, FreeBSD ZFS/XFS, NFS/CIFS & iSCSI

Virtualization: VMware vSphere/ESX, SmartOS KVM/Zones

Hands on experience with “cloud” environments such as Amazon EC2/S3 and Rackspace

Database administration experience including tuning, installation and backups on SQL Server, PostgreSQL and MySQL

Experience with monitoring and systems management tools including: Cacti, Collectd, Graphite, Logstash, Opsview (Nagios) Splunk and Syslog

Bachelors (or equivalent experience)

About Seattle BioMed:
At Seattle BioMed, you’ll find over 100 PhD scientists who are at the top of their game. We search for creative, thoughtful IT people who build and apply advanced technologies to help the scientists achieve audacious goals. We’re funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and more than 500 foundation, corporate and individual donors who share our passion for solving the world’s most challenging global health issues.

The Seattle BioMed IT infrastructure is forward-looking, incorporating elements other organizations only dream of, supported by plenty of computational horsepower, lightning fast network connections, and nearly a petabyte of storage.

We’re not a startup, yet we’ve been told that our culture reflects that sense of excitement. We’re not academic, but people like the collegial atmosphere. We’re a small organization doing BIG things. We think we’ve found the right mix of size, stability and entrepreneurship.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online today!

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