Senior Systems Engineer, Cyberinfrastructure

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The Division of Information Technology ( is the chief provider of research cyberinfrastructure, related services and applications at GW. Through its Research and Technology Services (RTS) group, the Division partners with stakeholders across GW to equip students, staff and faculty with the technology and tools necessary to achieve academic excellence. The cyberinfrastructure operated by RTS is implemented on top of an OpenStack framework combined with high performance cluster storage (ceph). The underlying 100G optical network - CAAREN - provides internal and external connectivity. The infrastructure interfaces with Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure public clouds with the primary mission of instantiating on-demand research and training topologies. Several important topologies are built atop this framework: the Capital Region Advanced Cyber Range (CRACR) that serves as a substrate for Cybersecurity training at GW, and the Flexible Architecture for Building Research Informatics Collaborations (FABRIC) which establishes a regulated enclave for research in the Azure cloud.
Reporting to the Director of Research Technology Services, the Senior Systems Engineer works within the Division's Planning & Strategic Initiatives department.

The Senior Systems Engineer:
• Is one of the principal contributors to the development and integration efforts related to all aspects of the RTS infrastructure.
• Documents all the components of the frameworks and their configuration while evaluating security dependencies, and reporting performance-related metrics.
• Maintains the physical, hybrid and virtual layers of the aforementioned systems.
• Collaborates with users and operators of the RTS platform.
• supports the HPC and Network operations and cloud development teams as required
• Assists the RTS team in strategic planning and collaborates with regional and global partners.
• Is willing to acquire new skills in scientific computing, networking, applications development, and cloud services.
• Represent the RTS team at industry and academic conferences as well as presents on cybersecurity exploration, education and training activities at regional, national and international technical forums.

The position is based at GW's Virginia Science & Technology campus in Ashburn, VA but may require travel to the Foggy Bottom campus located in Washington, DC or datacenters in Northern Virginia. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 7 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 5 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:
• Systems Engineering:
o ability to integrate diverse cyber infrastructure components into working, large-scale complex, distributed systems
o deep understanding of inter-process and inter-system communication protocols, frameworks, and methods
o ability to devise and implement interfaces between heterogeneous systems
• Strong applications development background with analytical and troubleshooting skills.
• Experience with OpenStack and similar multi-tenant platforms
• Working knowledge of Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's AWS public clouds; i.e. the ability to implement complex public cloud infrastructures and interface them with on-premise systems
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare and present comprehensive presentations to IT and business executives.
• Passion for developing new systems, willingness to learn, and the ability to program.

Preferred Skills:
• Programming Languages: any language that makes systems engineering and integration possible. e.g.: Python, Java, Perl, Javascript, etc.
• Concepts: understanding network protocols, socket programming, client-server architectures, etc.
• Operating Systems: the ability to use and navigate Linux distributions, Unix systems, and Windows is a must


Campus Location: Ashburn, Virginia College/School/Department: Division of IT Family Information Technology Sub-Family Systems Engineering Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 4 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday- Friday Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S007237 Job Open Date: 05/16/2018 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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      Posted: 5/18/2018
      Application Due: 6/7/2018
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