Systems Network Administrator
Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD

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This position is part of a small team responsible for providing IT support for various groups within the Physics & Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering departments on the JHU Homewood campus. The team manages core server infrastructure, multi-terabyte database servers, multimillion hit-per-month web services, HPC clusters, and end-user workstations, all running a frightening combination of platforms (five operating systems on six architectures). The primary duties and responsibilities of the job: The Systems Administrator will perform routine systems management for servers, workstations, and HPC clusters running Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS, and even Tru64 UNIX (proactive monitoring, patch/configuration/change management, OS upgrades, backups/restores, troubleshooting, etc.); will automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks wherever they exist using Perl, python, cscript, sh, etc; maintain a comprehensive application software library across all platforms; ensure high availability for all mission-critical servers and services; provide end-user support and advice; assist with routine database management tasks for dozens of MS SQL Server instances; research new technologies and advise on their potential (often early) adoption; spec new hardware to meet performance, availability, and application requirements; assist with purchasing and associated administrative duties; and maintain constructive professional relationships with colleagues across the University, other collaborating institutions, and the community at large.

Machines and/or equipment used on the job, include % of time used: Uses an intense combination of computing machinery: servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices of diverse architectures; networking equipment – both general purpose copper and fiber optic Ethernet, and specialty interconnects like Infiniband and Myrinet; large enterprise and bleeding-edge storage systems; racks, power, air conditioning, and other datacenter facilities oriented equipment.

Two years college coursework and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible related experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related discipline preferred. Additional years of experience may be substituted for degree requirement.

Position requires complete, guru-level savvy with Linux, Windows, and Solaris operating systems; experience managing integrated UNIX/Windows networks; total familiarity with contemporary server, workstation, and storage hardware; experience designing and managing NIS and Active Directory services; experience managing highly available IIS and Apache web servers; and excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

Experience in an academic environment relating to information technology highly preferred. Five years experience managing Linux, Solaris, Mac OS, and Windows servers and desktops (equivalent experience may be substituted for education. Equivalent education may be substituted for experience). Requires expert-level knowledge of contemporary computing platforms and architectures; experience debugging applications in C and C++; advanced systems administrator knowledge of utility automation programming in Perl, Python, BASH, or whatever toolset you prefer. Must have conversational literacy in C# or Java; advanced operational knowledge of most of the following: PostgreSQL, MySQL, Sendmail, Postfix, Apache, NIS, NIS+, PHP, NFS, and Samba. Basic familiarity with Active Directory, LDAP (preferably Fedora Directory Server) desired.

The ideal candidate will have database administration experience with MS SQL Server; experience managing Mac OS and Tru64 UNIX systems; direct experience managing HPC clusters and familiarity with specialty cluster interconnects like Myrinet and Infiniband; experience with Grid services; and possess some skills with .Net, PHP, and/or mod_perl programming.

Physical requirements for the job:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time. May be required to lift boxes (0 to ~49lbs). Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objectswith fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Ability to hear within normal range Ability to move about; may be required to walk to various offices on campus or walk to shuttle to get to other campuses.

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