System and Network Administrator
University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

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System and Network Administrator

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Biological Sciences


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Under general direction, carries out moderately complex system and network administration functions independently, with a sound understanding of the interactions between hardware, operating system software, and network operations and the design and administrative requirements to ensure an efficient, reliable, secure infrastructure. Administers a small, uniform site alone or assists in the administration of a larger system. Installs, configures, and maintains operating system workstations and servers, including web servers, in support of business processing requirements. Performs software installations and upgrades to operating systems and layered software packages. Schedules installations and upgrades and maintains them in accordance with established IT policies and procedures. Monitors and tunes the system to achieve optimum performance levels. Ensures workstation/server data integrity by evaluating, implementing, and managing appropriate software and hardware solutions. Ensures data/media recoverability by implementing a schedule of system backups and database archive operations. Supports media management through internal methods and procedures or through offsite storage and retrieval services. Develops and promotes standard operating procedures. Conducts routine hardware and software audits of workstations and servers to ensure compliance with established standards, policies, and configuration guidelines. Develops and maintains a comprehensive operating system, hardware and software configuration, and database/library of all supporting documentation. Provides monitoring and primary response and intervention for information technology related security incidents and violations. Keeps current with new security and network monitoring technologies, applicable laws, and regulations. May exercise technical and functional supervision over Systems Administrator 1 staff members.

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System and Network Administrator: Responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related network infrastructure. Participates in maintenance and technical development to enable continuing innovation within the infrastructure. Ensures that system hardware, operating systems, software systems, and related procedures adhere to organizational values, enabling staff, research partners, biologists, and other end-users. Performs daily system monitoring, verifies the integrity and availability of hardware, server resources, systems, and key processes; reviews system and application logs, and verifies completion of scheduled jobs such as backups.

Responsibilities include technical issues related to both hardware and the network infrastructure. These activities include the defining the needs, benefits, and technical strategies that will benefit the lab; enhancing research and development within the project life-cycle; performing technical analysis and design; and supporting of the operations staff in executing, testing, and rolling out project-specific solutions. Responsibilities also include engineering and provisioning, operations and support, maintenance; and research and development to ensure continual innovation.

Develops, maintains, and evaluates hardware and network configurations for use by research projects in data intensive computing, bioinformatics, and related areas; acquires, installs, and maintains computer hardware (including administrative and research computers and networks); serves as system administration consultant; recruits and supervises student consultants to staff the lab; repairs and recovers from hardware or software failures; and coordinates and communicates with impacted constituencies; and serves as a liaison with university and non-university collaborators working on research projects and grants.

Repairs and recovers from hardware or software failures. Coordinates and communicates with impacted constituencies.

Bachelor's degree required.

Concentration in system design preferred.
Advanced degree in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field preferred.
Certifications obtained through approved information technology certified programs preferred.

A minimum of five years of systems and network administration experience required.
A minimum of two years of experience managing GNU/Linux servers required.
Large distributed research HPC and cloud system administration experience with Linux, BSD, OSX, network required.
A minimum of two years of experience in managing Layer-2 network infrastructure required.
Experience in running Open Source technology based infrastructures required.
Experience in enforcing and monitoring strong network and system security policies required.
Experience managing networked servers and workstations with knowledge of TCP/IP network services, system utilities, hardware installation, and OS installation required.
Experience in a multi-platform network environment including mail service and client support, backup and restore technologies, Macintosh and PC communication software support, and various graphical user interfaces required.
Direct work experience with operating systems required.

Client and web server administration experience preferred.
Experience with standard programming languages such as C++ preferred.

Considerable proficiency in computer hardware and software required.
Knowledge of configuration and management of clusters required.
Knowledge of backup technology and other monitoring and automated systems management technologies required.
Knowledge of system administration issues in a large and complex client server environment required.
Familiarity with integration and management issues in a heterogeneous computing environment required.
Technical knowledge of current software protocols and Internet standards required.
Outstanding deductive and investigative skills to identify and diagnose complex, non-intuitive technical problems required.
Ability to learn new procedures, techniques, and approaches quickly required.
Integrity and credibility to work with sensitive data required.

Knowledge of the department's primary business function preferred.

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