Systems Engineer, University IT

Location
Stanford
Posted
Jan 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Stanford University

Systems Engineer, University IT

Job Number:
73705

The IT Systems Engineer reports to the Senior Technology Strategist in IT Services' Emerging Technology group. This senior technical role will provide support across all service delivery areas in IT Services and to its customer base, by researching, integrating, prototyping and building innovative, reusable and scalable implementations of new and existing technology. Particular emphasis on automation and security of cloud deployments of IT infrastructure.

The IT Systems Engineer has a fundamental (both broad and deep) understanding of the application of technology in adaptive ways to business processes, service roles, automation opportunities, and in the optimization approaches necessary in providing technology thought leadership for a broad community of users. The IT Systems Engineer will produce new opportunities for enablement to a broad array of clients with the definition, development, and integration of the UIT Strategic Plan; will contribute to the communication of that vision to operations and project teams.

Building on top of existing automated platform deployments and contributing to the new and innovative devops system deployments, the Systems Engineer must have curiosity in exploring new technical solutions. This is an essential aspect of the role.

While the role will not be responsible for developing complex free-standing applications, software development is a key competency of the IT Systems Engineer, by integrating otherwise disparate subsystems. The role's programming skills need to be adaptive and transferable across a variety of languages and data structures e.g. Python, Java, Ruby, Go, JavaScript, node.js, RESTful APIs, JSON, OAuth and use of SDKs for integration purposes, AWS (or other IaaS), Docker (or other container technology), Jenkins (or other CI/CD), SAML, LDAP, OAuth, Kerberos.

The IT Systems Engineer must often apply collaborative and creative problem-solving skills to advise clients working to improve their operations through the smarter application of technologies or supporting processes or tools. The IT Systems Engineer must have demonstrated experience reviewing technical and business process improvement solutions, preparing and presenting logical analyses, identifying critical success factors, and making recommendations.

This position requires excellent communication, influencing, and negotiation skills, and the strong ability to persuade and evangelize for technological change in ways that will demonstrably lead to improved results, relative to institutional goals.


Core Duties*:
  • Designing and deploying new and highly automated IT infrastructure services
  • Researching trends in new technology and technology lifecycle
  • Stay abreast of new technologies, standards and trends
  • Identify applicability of standards and technologies
  • Produce useful and innovative implementations of composite technologies
  • Along with other technical leads, co-create common architecture standards
  • Enable robust use virtual computing (fungible on-site or cloud)
  • Where useful, represent Stanford's interests in technical consortia and to vendors
  • Influence the University's technical standards and policy
  • Inform value proposition of IT investments
  • Along with other technical leads, co-create common architecture standards
  • Produce useful and innovative implementations of composite technologies
  • Identify applicability of standards and technologies
  • Enable robust use virtual computing (fungible on-site or cloud) * - Other duties may also be assigned Minimum Requirements:

    Education and Experience
    Bachelor's degree and ten years of increasingly technical work experience or a combination of education and relevant experience. A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related discipline is strongly preferred. At least four or more years of experience specifically in technology selection and implementation also preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Must have a practical understanding in novel application of technologies to support the fundamental mission of a premier research university.
    • Must have a deep knowledge and understanding of information technology approaches, applications, architectures, tools, and methodologies, as well as a broad-based background in a wide variety of technology platforms, including (specifically but not exclusively): internet, communications, database, and web technologies
    • Ability to combine information technologies to create solutions for complex problems.
    • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and lead cross-functional teams.
    Physical Requirements*:
  • Constantly seated, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, use a telephone, writing by hand, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

    Working Conditions:

  • May work extended hours, evenings and weekends. Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Information Technology Services

    Location: Business Affairs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




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