Windows Principal Engineer

Jul 25, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Technology, IT Support & Training
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Windows Principal Engineer

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The Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC) is seeking outstanding applicants for the position of Windows Principal Engineer. Working with research units across the campus, the successful candidate for this position will join a dynamic and growing team of technology specialists to support Stanford's research portfolio. This position will specifically focus on management and support of growing Windows cluster compute platform that provides essential infrastructure for Stanford's large and diverse population health sciences community.

The hiring range for this position is $110,000 - $120,000. The successful candidate will be someone who:
  • Knows Windows Server inside and out, but who also knows more than a bit about Linux (and would be excited to learn more)
  • Thrives when working in an academic environment
  • Is passionate about technology and is driven by challenge and intellectual curiosity
  • Is self-motivated to learn, sometimes on your own time
  • Has user support experience and actually likes working with end-users on a daily basis (you will be supporting research teams from all over campus)
  • Is extremely detail-oriented, documents well, and understands the importance of documentation
  • Isn't afraid of hardware
  • Loves problem-solving
  • Appreciates the criticality of privacy and information security in a HIPAA context
  • Understands the need to ensure the usability of systems from the end-users' perspectives
The SRCC is a joint effort of the Dean of Research and IT Services. The SRCC offers high performance computing platforms, consulting, tools, system engineering, and system administration in support of computational and data-intensive research across the campus.

  • Build, install, configure, analyze, tune and troubleshoot operating system, storage platforms and file systems to achieve optimum performance levels.
  • Install, configure, analyze, and tune a large set of user-requested software applications/analysis codes.
  • Configure and maintain systems consistent with the university's Minimum Security standards for high risk data as well as regulatory standards including HIPAA.
  • Manage hardware, software and utilities for installation, modification, troubleshooting, maintenance and upgrades of operating systems, firmware, applications and tools.
  • Compare, evaluate and implement new technologies, and integrate systems into the existing computing environment.
  • Document systems infrastructure and operation for users, peers, support and consulting personnel, and developers.
  • Train research personnel who provide support and consulting services to users.
  • Engage in long-term strategic planning with regard to systems development and integration.
  • Perform capacity planning for system configuration, software services, network services, load distribution, and service interrelationships among computer systems.
  • Act as a liaison with various departments across campus * - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
    Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Expert knowledge of Windows Server from both technical and operational perspectives
  • Knowledge of and experience with Linux
  • Experience supporting end-users, preferably in an academic research environment (university or national lab)
  • Experience with complex multi-system platforms and vendors.
  • Experience coordinating multi-system and computing environments in independent computing facilities.
  • Proven ability to develop appropriate plans to meet computing needs.
  • Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated experience implementing information security best practices in Windows environments.
  • Experience with scripting, particularly in a Windows environment. Certifications and Licenses: None
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21-50 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.

  • Exposed to high voltage electricity, noise >80dB TWA, confined spaces, hot temperatures, heavy metals.
  • Extended hours 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, 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:

    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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