Research Linux Systems Administrator

Columbia, Missouri
$47,476 - $60,000 plus benefits, commensurate with experience
Feb 06, 2018
Job ID 25040
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution and Missouri's largest public research university.

Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, in the Association of American Universities. MU offers more than 320 degree programs — including more than 75 online degree options.

Mizzou receives top rankings for its programs in many areas, including journalism, dispute resolution, family and community medicine, campus writing program and Freshman Interest Groups. It is one of only six public universities in the country with medicine, veterinary medicine and law all on one campus, and has a diverse enrollment with more than 34,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. 

Missourians connect with Mizzou by participating in Extension programs, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou features the state’s only division I-A athletic program, where student-athletes in 20 sports compete at the highest level nationally.

The University of Missouri is searching for a Research Linux Systems Administrator to fill a new position that will work closely with researchers to build, customize, secure, and support Linux systems to advance research activities on campus.  As a member of the team you will work on a broad range of projects internally and across campus with opportunities to specialize in a number of areas, which includes science gateways (web servers for the dissemination of research), scientific Linux workstations, interactive computing (Jupyter notebooks and Kubernetes), scientific workflows, and scientific software support.

This position is within the Research Computing Support Services (RCSS) group in the Division of IT, which manages the campus shared research computing, storage, and networking infrastructure and provides computing support, training, and consulting to the University of Missouri research community.  RCSS works to ensure that the campus’ research computing infrastructure meets the growing needs of the community.

Basic Function & Responsibilities:
The Research Linux Systems Administrator will provide end user support services to faculty, staff, and students on the use of research computing hardware and software as well as scientific applications, science gateways, and scientific workflows. Responsibilities of this position will include, creating and maintaining training materials for research computing related software and hardware; conducting training; evaluating, installing, upgrading, and maintain scientific software; and consulting with researchers on the development and migration of scientific workflows to web-based science gateways utilizing a high performance research computing environment.

Essential Functions (top five critical functions):
•           Participate as a member of a highly technical and customer-service driven team. Readily share knowledge and training with other staff members, and forge close working relationships with scientific research groups across campus.
•           Install, configure, and maintain multiple Linux systems in support of research computing in a scientific Linux environment for university researchers.  Responsibilities include installation, testing, evaluation and installation of new versions and authorized modifications of the solution's hardware, operating systems, application-layer, and some database administration work.
•           Secure and monitor systems and consult with researchers, staff, and students on securing applications.
•           Serve as a technical consultant for sponsored research projects that require research computing services.
•           Provide documentation and training to peers, faculty, staff and students in the use of a shared high performance computing environment, the dissemination of research and scholarly works through a web-based science gateway, and associated scientific software.

Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelor's Degree is required.
Demonstrated ability and experience with the Linux operating system and utilizing the command line interface is required.
Demonstrated ability and experience with scripting and programming (e.g. Python, Perl, C, R, Julia, or Java) is required.
Demonstrated ability and experience with developing and supporting web frameworks including databases (PHP, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB/PostgreSQL) is required.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative and diverse environment is required.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience with domain specific tools is highly desirable.
Experience with configuration management tools (DevOps) and API's are highly desirable.
Experience in an academic research setting is highly desirable.
Ability and demonstrated use of source control management tools such as Git are desirable.

For more information about Research Computing Support Services at the University of Missouri, please visit  

For additional information and to apply, see Job Opening ID #25040 online at and Click on the link for Prospective Employees.
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