Research Systems Administrator

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Hyde Park Campus

35390 Harris Sch Pub Policy

About the Unit
Why Policy? For a better world. Why Harris Public Policy? Because when it comes to better policymaking, evidence matters. We work at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, using the latest technology and social science methods to design policies that work for society. We conduct rigorous inquiry in an environment of innovation and risk taking. We collaborate across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, adopting new methodologies to drive better solutions. We engage with our city, our world, and our leaders every day to evaluate and test our ideas. And we lead with our passion for driving social change, knowing that passion alone does not equal impact. This is Harris Public Policy: Social impact, down to a science.

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Job Summary:

The Information Technology team is hiring a Research System Administrator to join our team. The Research Systems Administrator will be responsible for to designing, configuring, managing, and supporting our cloud computing infrastructure and the schools research activities. The focus of this role is supporting faculty and PhD research activities by providing the infrastructure operations needed for the research. This includes deploying new systems, automation, monitoring infrastructure, troubleshooting issues, benchmarking and providing guidance on technology implementation for specific research needs. The Research Systems Administrator will be expected to support the growth of our existing cloud infrastructure in a secure, stable, and maintainable manner. The Research Systems Administrator will also provide guidance and oversight on all data agreements entered into by members of the school. Candidate will maintain a repository of information about datasets used at the school and those of potential interest.

The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and enjoys working on all aspects of computer systems from low-level hardware to automating virtual machine deployments. The successful candidate will have a keen sense of how to automate tasks and work efficiently. The role will stay abreast of broad technical knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, including public cloud offerings from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Make purchasing recommendations based on knowledge of new developments and offerings from the industry.


  • Provide consultation to faculty and PhD students on how best to execute on their research agendas.
  • Deploying new systems in the cloud: computing, databases, data warehouses, noSQL databases, serverless computing resources.
  • Be the responsible Information Technology team member for all data agreement contracts entered by members of the Harris School of Public Policy.
  • Provide consultation on best practice around maintaining data security and provide oversight to ensure security is maintained.
  • Maintain a database of information about datasets used by the Harris community and those of potential interest.
  • Provide information and access to these datasets as a service to the Harris community.
  • Automation, monitoring infrastructure, troubleshooting issues.

  • Strong system administration capability in both Linux and Windows environments.
  • Strong working knowledge of basic database administration.
  • Strong understanding of security fundamentals including network, device level, software tools and encryption.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines required.
  • Confidentiality related to sensitive matters such as strategic initiatives, trade secrets, quiet periods, and scientific discoveries yet to be put in the public domain.
  • Ability to take a broad plan and break it into incremental tasks and oversee the completion of each task.
  • Ability to come into a team used to minimal supervision and oversight and ensure accountability for deliverables and outcomes.
  • Ability to persuade others to adapt new structures or systems to meet objectives.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with a multi-disciplinary set of clients.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree OR four (4) years of Linux systems administration experience required.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering or a related field preferred.

  • Minimum of two (2) years of Linux systems administration experience required.
  • Experience with Linux scripting and/or programming required.
  • Familiarity with virtualization required.
  • Experience with Amazon AWS or Google Cloud strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Hadoop preferred.
  • Experience with monitoring and metrics technologies preferred.
  • Experience with Git preferred.
  • Experience with secured environments or protected data preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Reference Contact Information

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application)

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 11/21/2018
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