Senior Unix Admin
Pixar - Emeryville, CA

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About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including "Toy Story," "Monsters, Inc.," "Cars," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL•E," "Up," "Toy Story 3" and "Brave," the Northern California studio has won 29 Academy Awards® and its films have grossed more than $7.7 billion at the worldwide box office to date. "Monsters University," Pixar’s fourteenth feature, will open in theaters in the United States on June 21, 2013.

Position Summary:

Systems Infrastructure is a small team within Pixar’s Systems department that ensures robust performance of the core services utilized by the entire studio. We make sure there is sufficient server, network and data center capacity to react to changes in demand for compute, bandwidth, or power caused by events such as a shift in film production schedule, a render or storage farm expansion, or new work-flows.

The Senior UNIX System Administrator (Server/Network) works closely with server and network technical leads to help support and implement the systems infrastructure required by the studio. This position requires close collaboration with our technical staff, software engineers, and film production users in an effort to best align technical solutions with the schedules and creative needs of various studio productions. Services we manage directly include virtualization hypervisors, dhcp, dns, ldap, email, calendar, databases, firewall, load balancers, VPN and LAN / WLAN / WAN networks. This position is perfect for an experienced sys admin who has worn many hats, and likes the fit of them all.


Work under the guidance of the technical leads to implement, support, and secure network and server infrastructure as required by the studio
Provide technical leadership for, and participate in major systems' projects
Install and maintain physical and virtual servers and network hardware
Diagnose server and network related performance issues, and perform root-cause analysis
Monitor and analyze availability and capacity of networks, servers, and data centers
Perform general system configuration, maintenance, and optimization of server and network infrastructure
Serve as escalation point for end-user support within our cross-platform environment including Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
Produce documentation for administrators and end-users
Assist other Systems staff as required


Minimum of 5 years in an IS/IT support position
Highly skilled in areas of Linux system administration and TCP/IP networking with a strong understanding of the OSI model
Experience with network service troubleshooting and configuration; DNS, DHCP, NFS, HTTP, IMAP, LDAP, RADIUS, SMTP
Experience with Linux troubleshooting and tuning utilities
Experience with RedHat software packaging and provisioning; RPM, kickstart
Experience with virtualization; KVM, Virtuozzo, VMware
Experience with network operating systems; Arista EOS, ArubaOS, Cisco IOS, F5
Familiarity with wireless and virtual private networking
Familiarity with RDBMS administration; MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL
Familiarity with Mac OS X and Windows
Ability and drive to accomplish redundant tasks by scripting; python, sh, Ruby, C
Self-motivated with a strong desire to learn and stay abreast of industry developments and standards
Ability to prioritize, respond, and follow through on multiple (often simultaneous) requests in a dynamic work environment
Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to effectively communicate highly-technical concepts in lay-person's terms
Meticulous attention to detail
Ability to participate in a 24x7 on-call rotation
Ability to work during evenings and weekends as required

Physical Factors:

Ability to lift and manipulate objects weighing up to 50lbs
Ability to work with arms and hands overhead for extended periods of time
Ability to work in confined spaces (e.g. in and around server racks, utility vaults, etc.)

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Pixar Animation Studios keeps computer-generating hits. The company has produced about a dozen full-length animated movies, including the...