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#104471 Ark Systems Administrator

Extended Deadline: Wed 6/3/2020

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Job posting will remain open until position is filled.

This is a 100% contract position for one (1) year, with the possibility of extension or career conversion.


Department Overview:

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is a world leader in using, innovating and providing cyberinfrastructure to enable advances and new discovery in science and engineering. Focusing on data-oriented and computational science and engineering applications, SDSC serves as an international resource for data cyberinfrastructure through the provision of software, hardware and human resources in multi-disciplinary science and engineering, and serves as a leadership national cyberinfrastructure Center to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and broader community.

The Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) is an independent analysis and research group based at the University of California's San Diego Supercomputer Center. CAIDA investigates both practical and theoretical aspects of the Internet, with particular focus on topics that are macroscopic in nature and provide enhanced insight into the function of Internet infrastructure worldwide, improve the integrity of the field of Internet science as well as the integrity of operational Internet measurement and management, and inform science, technology, and communications public policies. CAIDA offers a friendly work environment, excellent opportunities for continued education and skills development.

Position Overview:

The incumbent will apply professional concepts and department and campus, medical center or Office of the President policies and procedures to resolve systems problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors. S/he will perform routine work, with detailed instructions provided on new project and / or more complex assignments and initiatives, and within defined procedures and practices, determines appropriate action.

This position provides Unix systems administration support to the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), an internationally recognized Internet infrastructure research group housed at UCSD's San Diego Supercomputer Center. Primary responsibilities include support for CAIDA's Archipelago (Ark) Project, an integrated facility for communication and coordination of measurement experiments on a growing set of 250+ remote monitoring systems located around the globe. Secondarily, the position may be called upon to assist with support of 15-20 desktops and 20-30 rack mounted servers, data processors, and storage devices. Operating systems requiring support include: Linux/MacOSX (for desktops/laptops) and FreeBSD/Linux (remote monitors and servers).

In addition to working with existing software, this position will write software in scripting languages to address a variety of system administration problems and tasks of moderate scope and complexity. Includes work with complex, advanced systems and networks in a TCP/IP research environment and assistance to users on a wide range of technical challenges. The successful candidate must exercise judgement within generally defined guidelines, practices, and policies; communicate well; and act as an ambassador and liaison to researchers and remote contacts for Ark monitor hosting sites, for some of whom English may be a second language.

This position will prospect and follow up on leads for new hosting sites, coordinate and schedule maintenance and deployment, and help remote contacts diagnose failing monitors.

For project background, visit http://www.caida.org and http://www.caida.org/projects/ark.


  1. Proven experience writing and editing scripts of moderate complexity used to perform system maintenance and administration. Knowledge of and programming experience with Unix shell scripting; scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, or Perl; and the SQL database query language.

  2. Basic knowledge of how to apply technologies and systems to meet business needs. Proven experience administering multiple forms of Unix (BSDs, Linux), including their integration and interoperability.

  3. Demonstrated knowledge of operating system concepts, low-level networking protocols (TCP, UDP, ICMP), and high- level communication protocols such as HTTP, SSL, and DNS.

  4. Demonstrated ability to understand and clearly document system performance monitoring and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance.

  5. Strong organizational skills for tracking and executing in parallel multistage processes that progress at different rates over long periods of time.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

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Payroll Title:
San Diego Supercomputer Center
Hiring Salary Range
$53,600 - $82,600 /year
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri