Madison, WI
May 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 90298-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Information Systems/Technology

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 90298-AS

Working Title: Linux System Administrator - DevOps


Hiring Department: A349300-VCRGE/WIPAC/WIPAC

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JUNE 19, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $48,333 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

A minimum of 3 years of Linux system administration experience is required. However, greater experience is a plus.

Required Skills:
- Strong knowledge of scripting languages such as Python
- Linux administration experience
- Service monitoring and troubleshooting
- Process automation
- Designing, coding, and using automated test software
- Using common software development tools for tasks such as revision control, software builds, and support tickets

Experience in any of the following is a plus:
- Distributed computing or HPC (e.g., cluster, grid, or cloud computing)
- Configuration management systems and automated server deployment
- Server deployment and orchestration in cloud environments
- Linux container related technologies
- Large-scale storage systems and distributed filesystems

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to initiate and complete technical projects with minimal supervision. Attention to detail is necessary, as is maintaining a commitment to quality of service and user support.

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) is seeking a systems administrator with strong Linux and DevOps skills. The position calls for creativity, innovativeness, and the ability to work well independently and as a team player. It also demands a passion for technology, an eye for detail, and a determined persistence in troubleshooting and solving issues.

The successful candidate will join a team that supports the scientific mission of several international collaborations of particle physicists. These missions rely on a computational facility of several thousand compute cores and over six petabytes of storage located at UW-Madison as well as a network of worldwide distributed computing resources.

WIPAC is a research center at the University of Wisconsin?Madison, with responsibility for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a kilometer-scale neutrino detector located at the South Pole. A collaboration of more than 300 scientists from over 40 research institutions worldwide conducts a research program to study high-energy neutrinos from cosmic sources. UW-Madison is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the observatory. Details can be found at

Additional Information:

In pursuit of collaboration and discovery, WIPAC is committed to promoting an inclusive work environment, in which the benefits of a diverse staff are valued and the unique contributions of every individual are acknowledged equally. WIPAC and UW-Madison are family-friendly workplaces and offer services to assist families, including dual-career couples and single parents, in their employment transition. Please visit for more information.


Kristina Gislason
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Instructions to applicants:

Please upload a resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience. Please be sure to reference PVL 90298 in your materials.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: 17 May 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 14 Jun 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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