(Lead) Database Administrator
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, VA

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Working Title: (Lead) Database Administrator

Faculty Rank: To Be Determined

Posting Number: 0111323

About Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution and ranked eighth nationally among public universities in The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” for 2010, is committed to the mission of teaching, research and community outreach. Serving a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8,000+ faculty and staff in the U.S. and around the world, Virginia Tech’s core foundation is reflected in its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff.

Position Summary: The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech is a world-class research institute in the life sciences, integrating theory, modeling and simulation with computational and experimental science in a transdisciplinary, team-based research environment. The Institute’s mission is to solve some of society’s most important problems in the life sciences through transdisciplinary research and education, including but not limited to, biomedicine, modeling and simulation of biological and other networks, and bioinformatics.

The (Lead) Database Administrator will work as part of a team of scientists and researchers to support multiple projects through VBI’s Core Computational Facility (CCF). The (Lead) Database Administrator will be responsible for recommending, designing and developing database systems for handling, storing and recovering large amounts data in support of sponsored research. In addition, this position will be responsible for processes for data handling from data generation to data submission and loading and exchanging of data to and from external repositories. This position will interact with internal and external researchers, faculty, staff, and other clientele.

Since this position will have access to high-performance computing systems and other information technology equipment, a criminal background check is required.

Required Qualifications: -MS or BS with equivalent experience in Computer Science or closely related field for rank of Research Associate; or PhD or MS with equivalent experience in Computer Science or closely related field for Senior Research Associate.

-Demonstrated progressive professional experience with database management systems.

-Proficiency with Oracle: database administration experience; knowledge of Oracle architecture, security, backup and recovery procedures, performance tuning, and networking. Experience troubleshooting Oracle applications in UNIX/Linux environments and PL/SQL.

-Proficiency with MySQL and/or PostgreSQL: database administration experience; knowledge of MySQL/PostgreSQL architecture, security, backup and recovery procedures, performance tuning, and networking. Experience troubleshooting applications in UNIX/Linux environments.

-Experience with data integration; extraction, transformation and load (ETL) procedures; or comparable data management experience.

-Programming experience, in particular in a Linux/Unix environment.

-Creative, independent, and highly motivated, with good communication and documentation skills.

-Strong work habits and ability to work independently as well as with a development group.

-Knowledge of commercially available data modeling tools, such as ER/win or Toad Data Modeler.

-Experience exploring and deploying next generation data storage technologies in support of large-scale data handling (required for rank of Senior Research Associate).

Preferred Qualifications: -Experience with database replication and Oracle Data Guard.

-Experience with Solr / Lucene.

-Experience with Microsoft SQL Server.

-One or more years experience working with databases for bioinformatics.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check

Must have a conviction check:

Describe Other: Due to the nature of the high performance computing environment and federal export control regulations (i.e. ITAR), candidate’s nationality and work authorization status may be verified prior to an offer of employment. In addition, this position will require a Criminal Background Check.

Employment Comments: Depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate, the initial appointment may be for one or more years. In addition, this position will hold the special research faculty rank of either Research Associate or Senior Research Associate, depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications. For more information on the university faculty ranks, please review the Faculty Handbook at http://www.provost.vt.edu/documents/FHB_2011.pdf.

How to Apply for this Job: Interested candidates should apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu, posting number 0111323, and submit a letter of interest, resume, and listing of professional references with the faculty application upon applying.

Employee Category: Special Research Faculty

Appointment Type: Restricted

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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year

Percent Employment: Full-time

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Pay Band

Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience

Department: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

Location: Blacksburg

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Work Schedule: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 40+

Job Posting Date: 01/05/2012

Review Begin Date: 01/19/2012

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Restricted to university employees only? No

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