Job Information

University of Utah Systems Administrator Sr in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/08/2023

Requisition Number PRN34130B

Job Title Systems Administrator Sr

Working Title Systems Administrator Sr

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Computer Employee

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

This position may have the option for a 100% telecommuting or hybrid – partial onsite/partial telecommute – work schedule.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00952 - Division of Epidemiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah seeks a highly-motivated and self-directed senior systems administrator with experience in systems administration of Linux-based operating system installation/configuration and networking configuration including switch management. In addition the system administrator will install, configure, and maintain system levels software and packages such as Apache Webserver, Tomcat, Relational Database Management Systems, and Data Science tools such as Python, Java, Maven, and others system level software packages. This position will collaborate with the Director of the Data Science Infrastructure and Software Engineering team in strategic decisions and operational decisions. We are looking for a Senior System Administrator to join our dynamic, fast-paced, cutting-edge technology team. If you are looking to work in a progressive environment on challenging problems developing creative and innovative solutions within the University of Utah and for the Department of Veterans Affairs, then you have come to the right place!


  • Install and manage Ubuntu Linux servers and network security including upgrades, patches, and intrusion detection systems.
  • Install and manage system servers and NAS storage infrastructure.
  • Designs, implements, maintains, and tests, relational database management systems, Apache, Tomcat, and Data Science platforms (Python, R).
  • Designs, implements, and maintains container environments.
  • Manages and maintains SSL certificates in various environment.
  • Experience developing Infrastructure as Code ( IAC ) automation methods.
  • Experience in operationalization of DevSecOps processes for cloud environments.
  • Designs, installs, and maintains new hardware and systems to increase efficiency, and competitive advantage and promote and support company growth
  • Has direct responsibility for disaster recovery solutions.
  • Designs, implements, maintains and tests backup strategies for disaster recovery.
  • Provides coverage and support on server systems for production operations.

Performs complicated and difficult assignments under general direction requiring a high degree of technical competence reflecting knowledge of current state-of-the-art technologies. Conceives and plans projects involving the assessment of basic architecture, current hardware limitations, defines and selects new concepts and approaches. A wide degree of creativity is expected. May report directly to a project lead or manager.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Require a bachelor’s degree in a related area, or equivalency, and 3-5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related field and 3 – 5 years performing enterprise-level system administration for mid-size to large-size organizations.
  • 3 – 5 years hands-on experience with administering and maintaining Linux servers (Ubuntu), Virtual servers (VMware), networking, backup systems, and security.
  • 3 – 5 years hands-on experience administering and managing systems-level software like Apache Web Server, TOMCAT , J2EE, Docker, and Data Science Self-Service Environments.
  • Proficient in developing BASH scripts and other programming tools to support operations and system administration.
  • Self-motivated, responsible, and able to learn and work independently.
  • Experience developing DevSecOps automation processes.
  • Exceptional intuition at picking up existing system software packages and becoming proficient.
  • Seasoned experience in system software troubleshooting, debugging, and resolution construction.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:

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