Systems Administrator II
Rice University - Houston, TX

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The Systems Administrator II provides advanced support to a complex and demanding computing environment and serves as a technical leader in the group. The Systems Administrator II provides front-line technical support for the establishment and continued efficient operation of the Engineering and Natural Sciences UNIX computing environments. This includes installation, configuration, maintenance, administration, and customization of department specific systems and systems supporting research and education. The Systems Administrator II performs daily systems management functions on production systems; maintains an efficient and highly valuable computing platform; provides analysis on resource utilization; and, plans for future growth needs of the platform. The Systems Administrator II works closely with other Linux Systems Administrators in Academic and Research Computing and will serve as a backup to their job functions.

Education Required
Bachelor's Degree

Engineering, computer science, MIS or related discipline.

May substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement.

Experience Required
4 years

Experience installing, configuring and maintaining hardware and software on a variety of platforms running Unix and Linux.

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

License/Certification Required

Other Skills Required
- A fundamental understanding of software installation through package management and automation.
- Comprehensive knowledge in building web servers preferably utilizing Apache.
- Knowledge of backup and disaster recovery tools and planning.
- The ability to provide technical leadership and management of complex projects.
- The ability to clearly communicate technical concepts to non-technical audience.
- Skill in working with faculty and students in a learning-based environment.
- The ability to interface with Linux system and cluster architects who maintain systems closely coupled with those under direct.
- The ability to create a high quality of service for both the systems administered and the support provided.
- Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to work productively and make decisions with a minimum of supervision.
- Excellent verbal and written communication in English.
- A fundamental understanding of a UNIX-based operating system and proficiency with most UNIX commands and utilities.
- Familiarity with networked/distributed computing environment concepts, including network window systems (X11, OpenWindows).
- Strong background with server builds, scripting, OS installation and configuration, patch management, package and software installs and performance tuning.
- Familiarity with Solaris, Irix, and AIX.
- Ability to integrate UNIX and other operating systems.
- Ability to install boards and memory into systems.
- Ability to complete SCSI device setup and installation, and installing and configuring peripherals on a UNIX machine.
- Ability to integrate Unix/Linux environments with Windows (AD) and Macintosh environments.
- Ability to perform shell scripting and familiarity with Perl, Python, or other scripting languages.

Education Preferred
Master's degree in a technical discipline.

Experience Preferred
- Seven years of progressive work experience in a complex computing environment with experience in programming C, Perl, PHP and related technologies required.
- Three years of experience with web site development.
- Five years of experience programming functions, procedures, packages, triggers, scripts, custom tags, and web services using C, Perl, PHP, Mason, SQL, Java, J2EE, and other technologies.
- Functional experience in systems implementation, project management, and customer relations, preferably in a higher education or research environment.
- Experience with Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS.
- Project management experience.

License/Certification Preferred
- Linux/Windows Certifications.
- Apple Systems Certifications, RHCE, Systems Management Certification, VMware Certification, Backup Software training, ITIL Certifications.

Other Skills Preferred
- Familiarity with current products and future trends on the Red Hat Linux platform.
- Security knowledge, SSH, SSL and VPN.
- Familiarity with LDAP.
- Familiarity with integrating Linux platform with other OS platforms (Windows, Mac, etc.)
- Demonstrated experience as a team player.
- Knowledge of HTML (including tables, forms and image maps), XML, common text editors.

Physical Demands
Must be able to lift computer equipment of up to 50 lbs onto a cart without assistance and push on a wheeled cart to the various locations Requires working in front of a computer for extended periods up to eight hours per day.
Must be able to move about campus.

Working Conditions
(e.g. Weekend/evening work, travel, inclement weather, hazards)

May require long hours and availability outside normal working hours (up to 9-10hrs/day)

May be called at night or on weekends to resolve UNIX problems. May also be required to work weekends or evening for major UNIX transitions.

Will be required to carry a cell phone and be reachable during off hours as determined by management.

Non-smoking environment.


Salary Information
Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Benefits Eligible
Benefits Eligible

Job Posting Category
Information Technology

Eligible for Overtime

Work Schedule
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.*

*Subject to change

Eligible for Shift Differential
Not Shift Differential Eligible

Security Sensitive

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