Systems Administrator
University of Maryland, Baltimore - Baltimore, MD

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The Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland (UM) School of Medicine is currently seeking an IT Systems Administrator. IGS is an international research center led by Claire M. Fraser, Ph.D. and a team of interdisciplinary faculty. The investigators apply the powerful tools of genomics and bioinformatics to understand genome function in health and disease, to study molecular and cellular networks in a variety of model systems, and to generate data and bioinformatics resources of value to the international scientific community. The scientific discoveries that are being made at IGS are helping to unravel the mysteries of biological systems and to improve healthcare for people around the world.

The IT Systems Administrator will work both independently and as part of a team. The incumbent has a role in the installation, support, and maintenance of servers, storage systems, or operating systems. Responsibilities also include assisting in the planning of unscheduled service outages and infrastructure problems; configuration and programming for systems-related projects and assisting in the development of computational infrastructure that will be built using the latest technologies in high-throughput and high-performance computers and enterprise class storage systems.

  • Performs operating systems administration, development, installation, maintenance, and upgrade for IGS, such duties as adding/deleting users, setting up/changing workstations/servers, backing up and recovery of data, data archiving, security, and installing/restoring data.
  • Documents day-to-day network operations procedures and protocols associated with hardware and operation system environments, as well as reviews system monitoring and logging of abnormalities.
  • Ensure security and integrity of operating system to increased efficiency for users, applications, operating systems management, etc. Assists in the evaluation of new technologies and products. Makes recommendations for upgrades to hardware and software based on existing operations, pending needs and available budget. Advises on new application to be developed.
  • Provide technical support for the client workstations and resolves system and program issues for all applications utilized by the staff, including upgrading of operating systems to support new applications.
  • Assists in upgrades to hardware and software based on existing operations.
  • Acts as network technician liaison for all networks of the organization in the absence of the home administrator as well as for any projects with outside entities.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, System Administration, Computer Engineering or a related field. (Master’s degree and extra certification can be used to substitute for relevant experience).
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience with proficient knowledge of at least one (1) operating systems, such as: Windows, Mac OS, and Unix/Linux (RedHat/Suse/Solaris/AIX/HPUX)
  • Or equivalent of five (5) years combination of formal IT systems education/training and IT operating systems experience with proficient knowledge of at least one (1) operating systems.
  • Familiar with at least two (2) ERPs programming languages, such as Perl, Shell Serply, or
  • Familiarity with multiple information technologies that include operating systems, storage systems, servers, and email; with expertise in at least one of the technologies.
  • Familiarity with enterprise class storage systems using technologies, such as: iSCSI, SAN, NAS and vendors such as EMC, SUN StorageTek, IBM, and NetApp.
  • Familiarity with wired and wireless networking hardware and architectures. Familiarity with Cisco switches, Virtual LAN setup and configuration, Virtual Private Networks, routing, IPV4, IPV6, etc.
  • Capable of enforcing network policies and using a consultative/change management approach to recommend changes to policies when necessary.
  • Proficiency with various protocols such as: TCP/IP, NFS, DNS, FTP, etc.
  • Proficiency in system security, OS hardening and authentication protocols such as LDAP, Kerberos.
  • Proficiency in scripting languages such as: Perl, UNIX shell scripting (bash, csh, etc).
  • Ability to configure, compile, and install third party applications.
  • Ability to proactively address intricate performance enhancement issues that have potential impact for the campus community.
  • Proficiency with various Mail Transfer Agents (MTAs), including (but not limited to) Microsoft Exchange, sendmail, postfix as well as knowledge of the underlying SMTP protocol.
  • Knowledge of office automation tools such as word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-member project team including the ability to cooperate with other team members, work within the scope of the divided tasks, and report progress to project leader.
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple on-going projects.
  • Ability to estimate time for tasks in consultation with senior staff.
  • Good writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to provide guidance and assistance to less experienced staff
  • Good analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Good organization and time management skills to meet project goals and schedules.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience

Posting Date: 10/17/12

Filing Deadline: 10/31/12

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