Senior Linux Administrator

Job description

Requisition # 2017-8034
Department Geosciences
Category Information Technology
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


The Department of Geosciences and the Princeton Institute for Computational Science & Engineering (PICSciE) have an opening for a Senior Level Linux Administrator/Software to support research computing by the faculty, researchers and students and to join the PICSciE/OIT Research Computing group. The Administrator has a dual reporting relationship to the Department Manager of Geosciences and to the Manager of Research Computing Systems and Storage, Office of Information Technology. The Department of Geosciences computing platform includes a Linux/UNIX based state of the art research facility.

This is a full time, 5 year term position to run from January 2018 to December 2022.


Linux systems administration:

* Installation, maintenance and repair of Linux/UNIX desktop, laptop and server systems.

* Support Linux/UNIX operating system and assist users.

* Assist users with interface to High Performance Computing systems.

* Provide server backup, server administration, and firewall configurations. Diagnose, troubleshoot, install and perform preventative maintenance as requested by faculty, collaborators and graduate students.

* Write and maintain scripts to automate system administration functions.

* Manage small to medium size disk storage systems.

* Manage modest visualization system.

Educate/train users on proper computing techniques on an on-going basis.

* Provide system administration support for department Linux- based research computing including account creation, system monitoring, processing trouble tickets, resetting passwords, and remote access.

* Assist users with integration of Linux platform and research facility - mounting disks from central file server, data transfers, remote login via ssh, and X Windows.

Coordinate equipment lifecycle planning and management (from acquisitions to surplus) of Linux/UNIX equipment.

* Provide guidance to all system users on computing purchases and installation and configuration of all newly acquired Linux and UNIX systems.

Work closely with central OIT and PICSciE organizations to assure consistent standards are maintained for the installation, configuration, and maintenance of systems.

* Collaborate with other Linux/UNIX system administrators allowing for a consistent and cohesive environment.

* Attend appropriate on campus system administration related meetings as recommended by supervisor.


Proficiency in programming in Bourne shell, Perl, and/or Python with porting, tuning, debugging experience.

*Strong experience in Linux and UNIX OS administration, maintenance and support including installing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and using Linux/UNIX standard systems and software applications.

* Experience designing and managing small to medium disk storage systems.

* Red Hat certification RHCSA or RHCE desired.

* Experience with computational clusters including workload management software and parallel libraries such as OpenMPI.

* The desire and ability to keep abreast of new technologies including desktop, laptop, and server hardware; Linux and UNIX operating system and application software; and High Performance Computing related technologies.

Ability to research hardware and software issues in a thorough manner.

* Must be able to lift 50 lbs., twist, bend and work in awkward positions.

* A bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience.

* Familiarity with puppet, kickstart, cobbler utilities desireable as well as familiarity with a compiled language such as C or C++.

* Ability to work independently and self-motivate while managing multiple priorities

* Prior experience in an academic environment.

*Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and attention to detail.

* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build solid working relationships with people of diverse personalities and professional backgrounds, with a strong focus on customer service.

* Flexibility in adjusting work schedule to accommodate priority needs for planned and unplanned downtime and system emergencies.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

AIT, 030

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Estimated Appointment End Date


Comments Related to End Date

This is a five-year term position

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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Posted: 3/19/2018
Application Due: 5/18/2018
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