Linux Systems Engineer
The Jellyvision Lab - Chicago, IL

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The Jellyvision Lab, Inc. is a creative, focused, and driven company, with a knack for adjectives and a strong vision for interactive communication. Founded by the creator of the YOU DON’T KNOW JACK game series, Jellyvision has expanded beyond the realm of interactive entertainment and now creates virtual teachers, insurance reps, salespeople, advisors…you name it, we’ve probably done it. We make complex and difficult topics easily understandable (and way more huggable) through a variety of user-driven, interactive products.


The primary responsibility of this job is architecting, administering, and fixing a couple hundred web, database, and application servers. We are looking for someone who lives and breathes systems administration and has advanced, expert level Linux experience at the command line, in a real production environment. You will also participate in platform architecture decisions and be a key player on the hosting operations team. Please read on for more specifics…


Daily server operations (e.g., Log file analysis, performance tuning, alert responding, security reviews, user management, content distribution network configuration, content migrations, etc.)

Backup process monitoring

Database maintenance (e.g., Reindexing, query optimization, backup dumps)

Platform performance monitoring

Manage creation and configuration of new virtual machines

Identifying tasks for automation and writing BASH and Puppet scripts around them

Ad hoc BASH shell scripting

Troubleshooting our applications (Usually involves analysis of Nginx logs, rewrite logs, error logs, basic PHP debugging, and occasionally packet capturing)

Network monitoring system configuration and management

Architecting new platform builds

New technology research


3-5 years experience with distributed Linux administration, configuration/deployment and troubleshooting of Linux servers, common web servers and database technologies. If you don’t have 5 years of experience, but blow us away with your skills, we’ll consider you.

Expert level operational understanding of a majority of the following technologies:




MySQL and replication

BASH shell scripting




Fundamentals of IPv4 routing

Architecture. You should be able to:
Rapidly design and deploy multi-tiered web app architectures

Define security policies around data handling

Leverage various virtualization technologies for rapid deployment

Performance tune both operating systems and applications

Ability to self-manage and multitask in a fast paced environment. Things change often at Jellyvision, and it’s imperative that you’re able to juggle multiple tasks, track changes, AND maintain attention to detail.


Understanding of Amazon Web Services, specifically: EC-2, EBS, S3, SQS, Cloudfront, Cloudwatch, etc

MongoDB architecture and operations

Firm understanding of network monitoring/management systems

Working knowledge of Puppet

Functional knowledge of local and global application load balancing

Understanding of tcpdump and protocol analysis

Basic understanding of LDAP

Knowledge of other programming languages (e.g., Java, Python, Ruby)


Be a life-long learner

Be disciplined…in your engineering

Be imaginative…in your engineering

Understand urgency, and when to apply it

Write clear, easy to understand documentation

Be able to read through and understand code for troubleshooting purposes

Have a willingness to calmly own and resolve unexpected incidents that occur in a hosting environment

Be a great communicator; written, verbal, Skype, video conferencing, smoke signals, sideways glances


Yes. We only hire nice, bright, funny people who are willing to work hard. Jellyvision is a group effort and you must be capable of working collaboratively with creative, technical, and occasionally sales types. Everyone at Jellyvision shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Please check out to learn more.


as told by Brad, one of our current SysAdmins:
There isn't really a typical day in the life of the Jellyvision Systems Administrator. There are fairly standard new project setup steps, and general administration of systems (patches, log rotation/monitoring). However, most of the system administrator's time is spent coming up with ways to optimize our processes, improving the response times of the various tools we use, and putting out fires as needed. We also audit our systems and work to lower operating costs. When we're bored we walk around wearing our horse head masks or play ping-pong. Sometimes simultaneously.

ARE THERE ANY PERKS? Yes, we love perks!

Competitive pay, stock options and benefits. 401(k) with matching. And we pay 100% of the cost of premiums for medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance for our employees (as long as you don’t use tobacco – if you do, you’re going to have to kick in some for the medical premiums). We also cover a really nice chunk of the cost of premiums for spouse/partner/dependent medical, dental and vision insurance.

Casual dress and a flexible schedule. Come in a sweatshirt, jeans, whatever, like everyone else here.

Creative work environment. We are lucky to work in a place that is full of intelligent, talented and innovative folks. Although most hours the place is deathly quiet (we're a focused bunch), this is punctuated with hilarious outbursts and general merriment, which makes a nice way to spend the day.

Free food. Every week, we stock our kitchen with free healthy snack foods, and we have a “hot lunch” catered once a week to give people a reason to hang out and eat together.

Easy transportation. We’re really close to the "L" and the Halsted (#8) bus (right by the Apple Store and Mega Whole Foods too), and we have a transit FSA that allows you to dedicate pre-tax dollars to public transportation expenses. And a number of our employees like to bike to work, so we also have showers and lockers in the office.

Did we mention our yoga class? We bring a pro instructor right to the office. Fully subsidized by Jellyvision and fully optional, btw.

Oh! And we have a massage chair. Not just any massage chair, my friend. It’s the HumanTouch HT 5320 WholeBody™ Massage Chair. Feeling a little stiff? Sit down. Relax. Feel better? Good. Okay, back to work.


We need:
Your resume.

A cover letter that highlights three reasons you think you’d be great for the gig, focusing on how your past work experience has prepared you for this kind of position. Writing is key to all that we do, and we weigh cover letters heavily – even for sysadmins.

Oh, and one last thing…please let us know where you found out about this position.

You will receive an auto-reply confirming that we've received your application, and you will hear from us again after we've reviewed your application and decided whether or not to move you forward in our recruiting process.

No phone calls, please. Thanks for your interest in Jellyvision!

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