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Are you ready to join the primary Linux group on campus? CAEN, the IT department for the University of Michigan College of Engineering, has an opening for an experienced Linux systems administrator. You will be the technical lead, architect and manager for CAEN's Linux team and will report to the Director of IT Infrastructure. The Linux team manages over a thousand Red Hat Linux desktop computers used by students and researchers across the Ann Arbor campus. Your team will also support Red Hat Linux servers and Amazon Linux servers that will be used by the CAEN Web Services team.
This is not your typical backroom Linux server administrator position. Our Linux desktops systems are dual-boot and allow students to login at the console with a full graphical interface.
For more information about CAEN, visit: caen.engin.umich.edu
Operating System Integration
You will lead the development and distribution of software images for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Amazon Linux operating systems for servers and workstations. Manage the deployment of CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) for Linux. Integrate third-party applications into the user environment and computing infrastructure.
Develop and troubleshoot internal systems software; shape software distribution system; compile and package 3rd-party system software such as video device drivers.
Provide the primary infrastructure and support for the Linux platforms used by CAEN. Shape CAEN's Linux offerings to the college. Use central IT and cloud services wherever possible. Evaluate new systems, tools and hardware.
Plan, Documentation, and Communication
Oversee the annual refresh of the Linux-based services. Identify project scope, develop plan of action and assign tasks to complete projects. Create documentation and presentations in areas of technical responsibility. Manage service outages, both planned and emergency, and communicating status updates to the CAEN Help Desk and CAEN management.
Hire and oversee full-time staff to maintain and advance the Linux platforms used by CAEN. Answer team member questions, helps with team member problems, and oversees team member work for quality. Prepare performance reviews, setting individual goals for each staff member that align with the group, the larger team and CAEN. Make professional development recommendations that align with the group's needs and take into consideration staff members personal interests.
Bachelor’s Degree or combination of education and experience
5-8 years of experience administering and deploying Linux server and desktop operating systems in a large scale environment.
Experience with configuration management tools such as Ansible, Salt or Puppet.
Strong documentation skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Willingness to lead a team in the adoption of new technologies
At least 5 years experience with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Demonstrated experience with Ansible
At least 2 years experience with virtualization software such as VMWare or Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)
At least 2 years experience writing Perl, Python or C code.
Exposure to different computer architectures
Experience with remote file systems
The ability to understand and write custom SELINUX policy modules
Experience deploying VNC or similar remote desktop technologies
Familiarity with Linux desktop technologies
Experience packaging Linux applications
Demonstrated experience with Amazon Web Services and Amazon Linux.
Demonstrated experience with Docker, OpenShift/Kubernetes and related container technologies
Experience with managing and leading a team of employees
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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