University of Washington Medical Center - Seattle, WA

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is a growing organization at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. It uses cutting-edge techniques to tackle some of the most difficult and most critical questions in global health and find answers that will become the foundation for better policies and, ultimately, better health.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a System Administrator . The System Administrator will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day administration of all internet-facing systems, storage management as well as computational hardware used to support of the Institute’s mission. The System Administrator will report to Senior System Administrator.

Technical Responsibilities Include:
  • Engineering and administration of all Linux / Other server systems, including Linux cluster system (RedHat Enterprise 5.x , 6.x)
  • Management of Internet-facing systems, including Apache, IIS, Server Load Balancers, and other related systems
  • Manage VMware ESX/ESXi and Vcenter product family.
  • Assist with architecting, implementing and managing storage systems, including SAN and NAS devices
  • Implementation and on-going administration of monitoring and alerting systems, create periodic uptime and problem reports
  • Capacity management and planning for Development / Test / Production systems
  • Manage co-location, racking systems, cabling
  • Manage domain name registration and DNS systems
  • Manage Backups and Disaster Recovery for Systems
  • Participate in 24X7 on-call rotation response to production system issues with other IHME-IT team members
  • Create a library of system documentation, provide training for team members and interns

    Working with the IHME-IT team, determine or perform the following:
  • Data Access requirements for internal and external customers
  • Requirements for uptime, performance, and speed-of-delivery for content and datasets
  • Data storage requirements, including projected growth and backup configuration
  • Management and support of the IHME Global Health Data Exchange
  • Create and Implement business continuity practices
  • Assist with the procurement model for server, network, storage, and other IT infrastructure systems
  • Cost-effective and reliable vendor selection for hardware, software and services

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems or a related field or concentration, or a Bachelor’s degree in and significant experience with social sciences, or equivalent experience.

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with Unix/Linux, Windows server platforms and VMware server environment

    Additional Requirements:
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including team ethic and relationship building
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, exceptional decision-making skills
  • Self-starter and demonstrated ability to learn/adapt new methods to support this role
  • Experience in security system design and engineering
  • Experience working with third-party vendors for hardware and software procurement
  • Ability to work under and deliver quality systems constant deadline pressures
  • Periodic support with Microsoft Windows Server and Active Directory administration
  • Occasional end-user support

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Experience with clustered computer systems
  • Demonstrated track record of innovative solutions deploying and supporting IT initiatives
  • Interest in the promotion of global health
  • Knowledge of cluster management systems like SGE
  • Experience with Quantum StorNext file systems a plus
  • Familiarity with supporting.Net, Java, Perl scripting, Python, PHP, reusable code
  • Familiarity with supporting MySQL databases
  • A deep understanding of security and systems best practices

    Condition of Employment:

    Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

    Application Process:
    Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The cover letter assessment will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

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