Systems Administrator

Posted: 04/13/17 | SHARE:


Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses.
Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Background Statement and Position Context: Under the direction of the CIO, Information Technology Services (ITS) is the central IT organization of the University, providing infrastructure, applications and services to support the academic, research and administrative processes of the institution.

ITS offers a unified and cohesive approach to information technology services across the campus and is composed of the following units:

  • Enterprise Infrastructure Services
  • Enterprise Applications Services
  • Information Security Office
  • Client Support Services
  • Research IT

Currently this infrastructure consists of a largely virtualized server and storage environment, and an extensive voice and data network infrastructure.  As of July 2014, all central computing services for the University at Albany are now resident in the new primary, Tier III Certified Data Center, which houses all enterprise, research and departmental computing infrastructure and, potentially, for external partners.

This infrastructure has developed into a highly integrated and inter-dependent suite of utilities serving the entire University with a dynamic life cycle of capacity-planning, service and bandwidth allocation, daily operations and performance management.

Job Description:

The Research Information Technology (RIT) Group is seeking an entry-level system administrator to join their team.  The Research IT group provides high-performance computing and storage solutions for University at Albany researchers, affiliated investigators and multi-institution computing initiatives.  Duties include installation, administration and maintenance of servers, workstations and software used by researchers.  Systems supported include the Research IT high-performance computing clusters as well as servers for file sharing and both internal and client workstations.  As new technologies emerge and impact our systems, the System Administrator is expected to learn these technologies quickly and resolve any problems involved in integrating new technologies.

Position Summary: The Systems Administrator should be able to demonstrate the ability to learn and diagnose new technologies as required to deliver innovative customer driven solutions.  Requirements include experience with Unix/Linux installation and administration.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with GNU tools and have experience in configuring and deploying open source applications.  The Systems Administrator will work within the RIT group to facilitate the delivery of all assigned projects, on schedule, and with customers' expected deliverables in adherence to the standards and best practices being established across ITS.  The successful candidate will be able to work under limited supervision as well as within a team environment. This position will report to the Director of RIT, and will work collaboratively with staff across ITS.  A demonstrated ability working with diverse groups of people is required.  The candidate must be well organized, have good interpersonal skills and possess the ability to work in a team environment with staff, faculty and students.


  • Installation, administration and maintenance of servers, workstations, and software used by researchers
  • Participate in the day-to-day operation of RIT high-performance computing clusters and workstations, including VMs, resource management, storage management and back-up
  • Responsible for learning and understanding technical specifications and hardware and software products within assigned scope of work responsibilities
  • Responsible for clearly communicating all assigned work status to all appropriate constituents when requested
  • Responsible for escalating work related needs/concerns associated with all assigned tasks in a clear, professional and comprehensive manner, both verbally and in writing
  • Clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, technical specifications, identified risks and solutions for mitigation, and participate in the development of project planning
  • Teach and mentor clients and peers on materials related to the Research IT mission
  • Represent the Research IT Group at meetings, events and conferences


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Strong problem solving and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in small teams and drive architectural designs for best practices and for providing deliverables on time and in alignment with customers' expectations
  • Proven track record of resolving basic issues associated with system configuration management, resource sharing and basic networking concepts
  • Ability to participate in developing recommendations for the acquisition of resources (hardware, software)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other ITS groups, as well as with customer constituents across the university
  • Strong background in Linux/Unix Administration with a focus on RedHat Enterprise or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of git or other source control methods
  • Understanding of Linux internals and infrastructure services such as HTTP, Apache, LDAP, and Kerberos
  • Familiarity with automation/configuration management using either Puppet, Salt or an equivalent. Strong focus on documentation and repeat-ability of work
  • Ability to deploy, use, and manage a wide variety of open source technologies and protocols on physical hardware, VM or container platform
  • A working understanding of scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, and Bash
  • Knowledge of security requirements and resolving security issues
  • Experience in records retention and destruction policies

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science/Engineering or other related field from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • 3 years of experience in systems administration or scientific computing in an academic setting
  • Experience with operating system builds, network configuration, performance tuning, disk storage, administrative shell scripting, backups, security and management of application packages
  • Proven experience with Samba, NFS, SSH, CRON jobs, scripting, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or derivatives, and development of RPM packages is desirable
  • Cluster/grid computing experience with SLURM
  • Knowledge of scientific computing (e.g. UNIX, Fortran, C/C++, MPI/OMP, scripting, MATLAB)
  • Experience with parallel programming of large high performance computers (MPI and OpenMP)
  • Proven experience deploying new clusters, VMs and associated storage

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Senior Programmer Analyst, SL-4

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    • Resume
    • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications

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    Date to be filled: ASAP

    Closing date for receipt of applications: April 26, 2017

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