Job Information

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


Open Date 07/21/2023

Requisition Number PRN35776B

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

Monday – Friday, Flexible

VP Area President

Department 00640 - Ctr for High Perform Computing

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $60,700/yr. to $109,649/yr.

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Sr. Linux System Administrator for the Center for High Performance Computing ( CHPC ) at the University of Utah supporting Research Computing and Data. Responsible for deploying, managing, maintaining, and securing systems, including data retention and disaster recovery in a large, complex environment.

CHPC provides advanced scientific computing services to a broad set of research disciplines, including physical sciences and health/medical research. This research also includes proprietary and legally-regulated data ( HIPAA , ITAR ).

CHPC operates a large and complex environment, including 40,000+ CPU cores, 500+ VMs, 30+ petabytes of storage, and high speed (100+ gigabit) networks.

The CHPC team includes systems and network experts, scientific programming consultants, and user services staff.

This is a prime opportunity for a Sr. Linux System Administrator candidate to further develop their skills in an academic research computing and data environment.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

**It is anticipated that this position will involve access to federally funded research that is subject to federal sponsorship regulatory restrictions (e.g. certain export control, data security, acquisition regulations, or federal contract clauses) that mandate U.S. citizen participation only.


· Manage backups of storage, using tape libraries and S3-based storage, both on-site and remote.

· Provision and maintain servers, both physical and virtual

· Support Linux web server environments (e.g. LAMP , Apache/Nginx, MySQL/PostgreSQL, PHP /Python/Java).

· Administer local system storage and support network file system clients, e.g. NFS and CIFS

· Review log files for indication of system problems or unusual or inappropriate activity.

· Documentation / Trouble ticket system

· Contribute to the overall security of systems for the department

· Contribute to the overall monitoring, metrics, and reporting needs of the department.

· Attend departmental & institutional meetings and conferences and participate, contribute and/or present as appropriate, network with peer institutes and form collaborative relationships.

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 (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience), and 3-5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

Department-Specific requirements:

·Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to assist writing proposals and purchase justifications, train users in complex topics, make presentations to an internal audience, and interact positively with management and campus community.

·Experience in Unix/Linux system administration required. Strong skills with most Linux operating system commands/utilities. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (or relatives, including Rocky Linux, Alma Linux, and CentOS) experience preferred.

·Strong understanding of operating system administration, including management of processes and services, system installation and configuration, logging to a centralized service, user authentication via network services, and fundamentals of system security.

· Experience with client/server backups of large-scale systems to S3 or tape libraries (e.g. Bareos/Bacula/Zmanda software) preferred

· Comfortable configuring and maintaining web server software stacks (e.g. LAMP , Apache/Nginx, MySQL/PostgreSQL, PHP /Python/Java)

· Solid experience in supporting and troubleshooting server hardware preferred.

·Familiar with the principles and practice of system configuration management using modern declarative tools.

·Clear understanding of the distinctions between system processes/services and user processes; the authentication/authorization processes used with LDAP and AD; and local and network resource sharing and practices.

·A solid understanding of networking concepts including multi-homed hosts, basic routing concepts, creating custom host routes, and ability to edit and maintain DNS records.

·Comfortable working in a team environment supporting technologies critical to the research mission of the University.

· Demonstrate ability to be a flexible, organized, thoughtful, and proactive team player who can show initiative and work with minimal guidance, as well as strong abilities in communication and customer service.

· Ability to maintain a culture of openness, trust, and transparency while ensuring a safe and secure environment for our customers.

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


· Ability to write scripts in some administrative language preferred (e.g., Perl, Python, Bash, etc)

· Programming experience in any applicable language preferred (e.g., C/C++, Rust, Java, etc)

· Experience with Microsoft Windows Server (2016, 2019, 2022) administration preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

About UIT :University Information Technology ( UIT ) ( , the central IT service provider for the University of Utah, reports to the U’sChief Information Officer ( and is responsible for many of the U’s shared IT services including the wired and wireless network; Campus Information Services ( CIS ) portal; UMail, telephone, and online collaboration; high performance and research computing; information security; software licensing; and a host of other IT systems and services.

UIT is committed to creating a workplace culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion ( EDI ), and we believe that everyone plays a role in fostering EDI , every day. EDI isn’t just the right thing for our employees and the university community; it’s also the smart thing. It empowers us to provide the best IT services for our students and their families, staff, faculty, clinicians, and patients and their families.

About the University of Utah : Located in Salt Lake City, the U is the flagship institution of the State of Utah’s system of higher education, home toarts and museum venues ( and a member of thePac-12 Conference ( .Skiing and snowboarding opportunities ( are a short distance from campus, and opportunities to pursue activities frombiking to hiking to fishing abound ( . Salt Lake City is home to theUtah Symphony and Opera ( ,Ballet West ( ,professional sports teams ( , and a wide range of other cultural and recreational activities.

The University of Utah Benefits

·Health, dental, and wellness coverage (\_wellness.php) · Automatic and immediately vested14.2% employer contribution (\_401aPlan.php) to personal retirement account (401a)

· Freepublic transportation pass ( (Utah Transit Authority)

·Paid leave time ( ·Reduced tuition benefits for employee and family members ( · More information:

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

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are 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:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.

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