The Sr. Systems Administrator will support the instructional computing in the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. In cooperation with faculty, the candidate will provide daily support for the EE Department's student computer labs, as well as provide computing infrastructure maintenance and plan upgrades. The workstations are mostly Linux machines and the server infrastructure consists of Linux and Windows servers network-attached storage. Some courses also use commercial cloud computing platforms. The instructional computer labs are used for undergraduate and graduate courses that support ~350 students.
Secondary responsibilities include: advising faculty and research groups on IT matters; providing technical services for departmental administrative staff; collaborating with other IT groups across the university to back-up and synchronize critical data, to insure security of sensitive data, to protect systems against external attacks and to improve system performance.
The position provides many opportunities for professional development, including interaction with students and faculty on research and teaching.
(40%) Provides daily support to students and faculty for instructional computing; working closely with both experienced and novice users; creates student user accounts for instructional use; configures software tools and user environments for specific class project needs.
(20%) Configures, secures and administers workstations, file servers, computer servers or network servers running Linux, and other Unix variants; manages network including DNS and DHCP and network security.Manages Unix-based software service programs/services such as Apache, NFS, Bind/DNS, LDAP, Samba, firewall, VPN. Utilizing network monitoring tools and diagnosing and distinguishing hardware, software, and network issues.
(10%) Defines the short-term and long-term technology for instructional computing labs. Manages technology operational and capital budgets by presenting proposals for capital projects and effective maintenance.
(15%) Supports faculty, research groups and administrative staff with advice on computing support needs.
(10%) Collaborates with campus IT on policy compliance, security/risk assessment and risk management. Ensures EE applications, systems and databases are compliant with the University's IT Risk Management (ITRM) processes.
(5%)Performs other tasks, duties, projects, and responsibilities as assigned.
Solid understanding of Linux-based software service programs such as Apache, NFS, DHCP, Bind/DNS, LDAP, Samba; knowledge of DHCP, network storage and RAID disk arrays; the ability to provision VM's and network storage;
Ability to troubleshoot hardware, software, network, and security issues; experience in securing workstations, servers, desktops and networks; experience using automated tools to install and upgrade large numbers of workstations and create and maintain user accounts;
Ability to program and do shell scripting, e.g., in Perl, PHP, Python and/or PowerShell.
Candidate must have ability to work independently, learn quickly, and be reliable and responsive to the students and faculty in the instructional labs.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including teamwork/collaboration, analytical thinking, communication and influencing skills, and technical expertise.
Ability to work with changing priorities and with multiple projects.
Ability to be precise and attentive to detail is essential.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Ability to work weekend and off-hour work on occasion.
Prior experience with installing, configuring and maintaining specialized electrical engineering design and simulation software such as Cadence, Mentor Graphics, and Synopsys is a plus.
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