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IT Linux System Administrator IV - Office of Innovative Technologies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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IT Linux System Administrator IV - Office of Innovative Technologies


The University of Tennessee’s Office of Innovative Technologies (OIT) is seeking to hire an IT Linux system administrator contractor.

This position is responsible for working with Linux team to support Ansible technologies and system upgrade projects. Ansible system configuration experience is necessary in order to perform the duties assigned to this position.  The candidate will install, configure, maintain, and perform testing of Ansible and Linux (Red Hat) operating systems, related utilities, applications, and hardware.  The candidate is responsible for troubleshooting Ansible, operating system, software, and application issues.  Monitors systems activities and fine-tunes configuration to optimize performance.  Performs system utilization analysis to ensure systems are following best practices for security and utilization.  Develops automated procedures for routine administration including design, patching, deploying software, implementing Linux server configuration etc. Python or other system programming is needed to develop new applications.



·         Installs, configures, administers, and troubleshoots Linux operating systems to support business requirements and provide optimal Linux knowledge

·         Installs and configures Linux to support applications

·         Works with configuration management tools (Ansible)

·         Works with virtualization technologies (VMware tools)

·         Scripting and automating processes are required in this position

·         Documents the system configuration and upgrade processes

·         Communicates well with team members and customers


·         Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field

·         Four years of experience administering Linux or one of its derivatives in an enterprise environment and three years of experience with automation software configuration


·        Six years of experience administering Red Hat Enterprise Linux or one of its derivatives in an enterprise environment, three years of experience with Ansible or similar automation software, two years of experience with MySQL and MariaDB administration




·         RHEL 7 or 8 administration: OS installation and configuration, apply OS update as needed.

·         Ansible experiences

·         Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate, both written and orally

·         Excellent organizational, planning skills and project management skills on system or application upgrade

·         Analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail and accuracy

·         Shell scripting for system automation

·         Coaching and mentoring Jr. system administrator skills



·         Experience with Azure or Oracle cloud infrastructure

·         Experience with VMware, Tenable security, VEEAM backup, Cohesity backup, and network knowledge

·         Experience with Kubernetes

·         Experience with OpenShift 4.x

·         Experience with DHCP/KEA and DNS

·         Experience with Python programming

·         Experience with Project Management

Job: Information Technology Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Vc Info Infrastructure # Oit General
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Aug 31, 2023, 8:14:01 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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