SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR SR
Duties: The Brain Behavior Lab (BBL) at Penn Medicine and the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine integrate basic and clinical neuroscience research in a cohesive effort to elucidate neural substrates of mental illness, with an emphasis on neurodevelopment. The four units that help support this effort are Clinical Core, Cognitive Core, Neuroimaging Core and IT core. The IT core team is responsible for facilitating overall study operation, data collection, data management, data security along with continual enhancement of the information technology infrastructure used by researchers and collaborators. The IT infrastructure includes a robust Linux and Apple presence, X-SAN based cluster, web servers, database servers, several Windows desktops, a fibre-optic wired network infrastructure, various technologies supporting unique services, and cloud computing management and support. This position is for the IT systems administrator who can help manage the IT infrastructure. The position is responsible for the implementation and continued enhancement of IT security policies, data backup and data retrieval processes. Other responsibilities include monitoring server uptime and availability, hardware and software installation, configuration and maintenance, end-user account creation and support, conceive and implement projects, exploring Web Services for development, production, disaster recovery needs; coordinate systems and services monitoring and maintenance; maintain existing systems, tracking service and repair history; testing new computer hardware and operating system technologies and areas, writing reports on findings; communicate regularly on status and progress to supervisors and project teams; maintain regular contact with key vendors via technical support channels. The ideal candidate will possess a knack for problem solving and troubleshooting and a desire to document and automate tasks whenever possible.
Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information technology or related discipline and a minimum of 3 years of experience as an IT Systems Administrator or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Additional years of experience strongly preferred.
* Experience in system administration and database maintenance in a heterogeneous computing environment (Linux, Mac, and Windows).
* Experience with SQL relational databases and data backup software (e.g., Retrospect).
* Proficiency in multiple programming language types including shell scripting, PHP, Perl or Python
* Experience with existing technologies including XSAN, OS X Server, RHEL, PostgresDB, Oracle, MySQL, Apache, Tomcat is preferred.
* Experience in Linux clustering, computer grid, and high performance computing setup is preferred (Sun/Oracle Grid Engine).
* Experience with version control software (Mercurial, Git), documentation applications (MediaWiki), iCal Server, and task management applications (RT)
* Server Application Monitoring experience is preferred (e.g., Nagios)
* Cloud computing experience is preferred
* High degree of initiative and self-guided work management along with strong desire to develop new technical knowledge and process automation on a continual basis.
* Ability to effectively interact with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators and staff.
Reference Number: 40-24918
Salary Grade: D
Employment Type: Exempt
Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Job Family: E-Information Systems/Technology