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#90901 Unix/Research Systems Administrator 3

Extended Deadline: Tue 5/1/2018

Posting will remain "Open Until Filled"

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/14/17 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced systems infrastructure professional with a full understanding of industry best practices and UCSD and department computing policies and procedures to resolve a wide range of issues that are moderately complex in scope for academic departments and organized research units in the Jacobs School of Engineering and elsewhere on campus.

Responsible for all aspects of the management of Unix servers and services for production and research computing for Engineering customers. Analyze, specify, design, and implement operating system and application software solutions in a medium-sized, heterogeneous computing environment made up of standalone, virtualized, and clustered Unix systems.

Systems consist of several Unix/Linux variants, including CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, Solaris, and FreeBSD. Selects methods and techniques to obtain solutions. Evaluates new technologies including performing simple to moderate cost/benefit analyses.


  • Significant demonstrated experience in and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the administration of multiple UNIX server variants.

  • Experience in installation, configuration, evaluation, management and maintenance of all operational components, including open source and commercial applications and monitoring tools employed in a UNIX environment.

  • Experience with the integration of Unix systems with various other platforms, including OS X and Windows, specifically in terms of authentication/authorization systems and services (e.g., Active Directory, Kerberos, LDAP), and common storage services.

  • Thorough knowledge of OS X in the context of its underlying Unix-based functionality and operation.

  • Ability to elicit and communicate technical and non-technical information in a clear and concise manner. Ability to as an internal consultant providing technical advice, work direction, guidance, and training of other unit personnel.

  • Basic knowledge of how to apply technologies and systems to meet business needs.

  • Ability to write technical documentation in a clear and concise manner.

  • Understanding of system performance monitoring and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance.

  • Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to meet business needs.

  • General knowledge of other areas of IT. Thorough understanding of and experience with systems-related issues and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance.

  • Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of how system management actions affect other systems, system users and dependent/related functions.

  • Demonstrated experience writing and editing complex scripts used to perform system maintenance and administration.

  • Advanced knowledge of computer security best practices and policies including demonstrated experience securing server-based software.

  • Significant experience in and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the administration of multiple Unix server variants. Thorough knowledge of and experience in the application of all aspects of Unix system security.

  • Experience with and thorough understanding of hardware platforms used in support of production and research computing environments, including requirements to support large-scale compute clusters and other scientific systems.

  • Experience in the planning, configuration, deployment, management, and troubleshooting of software and hardware networking components as they relate to Unix systems and services.

  • Demonstrated experience in the development, modification, maintenance, and debugging of scripts and programs used in the automation of various system management tasks.

  • Understanding of the purpose and structure of the various logging mechanisms, files, and file formats typically used in mainstream Unix systems. Ability to manipulate and process the contents of these log files using standard Unix command line tools.

  • Significant hands on experience in upgrade procedures and patch management for multiple Unix/Linux operating systems and application software running on these environments.

  • Ability to write and explain purchase justifications on technical grounds. Ability to act as vendor liaison in the specification, purchase, delivery, and maintenance of hardware and software systems.

  • Evidence of strong time management and organizational skills; ability to multi-task in the face of significant time constraints, and possibly rapidly shifting, contradictory demands and priorities.


  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends from time to time as job responsibilities require.

  • The scheduling of vacation time may be contingent upon meeting the coverage needs in this and other OEC functional units.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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$63,400 - $103,100 /year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, M-F