Mar 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Location: Rolla
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 35741
Hiring Department Information Technology - Research Support Services Application DeadlineOpen Until Filled Full Time/Part TimeFull Time, Benefit Eligible Salary Salary will commensurate with experienceJob Description Basic Function & Responsibilities
The Research Computing Systems Administrator will be a part of the team that builds, installs, and manages the hardware, software, scientific applications, and security of the campus research computing, storage and networking environment. Responsibilities of this position will include installing, configuring and maintaining multiple Linux servers in a research computing environment; creating and maintaining training materials for research computing related software and hardware; evaluating, installing, upgrading and maintain scientific software; monitoring the operation and performance of the environment; and investigating new technologies of importance to research computing and researchers. Providing excellent technical support to both internal and external constituents is required. Staying current with emerging IT trends related to research computing and research support is expected.
This position is designed to support all four UM System campuses (Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis). This position is on-site in Rolla, MO, and has the potential for occasional remote work. Some travel to visit campuses will be required. Essential Functions (top 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 IT and 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 analysis, documentation, 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 and associated scientific software.
  • Troubleshoot hardware/software problems and system failures. Determine and initiate appropriate and immediate actions needed to restore normal services with minimal down time. Document occurrence and actions taken. Assess operating procedures followed in resolving issues for effectiveness; may recommend modifications to standard procedures found to be inadequate, unclear or ineffective.
  • Advise and directly supervise student workers as an integral part of the team.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience is required.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience with the Linux operating system and utilizing the command line interface is require
  • Demonstrated ability to research, quickly identify and correct problems (debug) using system utilities and diagnostics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with computing, storage, and networking hardware is required.
  • Experience with scripting (e.g. Python, Perl, and Bash) is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative and diverse environment is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This position is required to be compliant with ITAR regulations, and the successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with networking (including infiniband) is highly desirable.
  • Experience in an academic research or computing setting is highly desirable.
  • Experience with an automated configuration management system is desired.
  • Ability and demonstrated use of version control management tools such as Git is desirable.

The final candidate is required to provide copies of official transcript(s) for any college degree(s) listed in application materials submitted. Copies of transcript(s) should be provided prior to the start of employment. In addition, the final candidate may be required to verify other credentials listed in application materials.

Failure to provide official transcript(s) or other required verification may result in the withdrawal of the job offer.

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