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Software Systems Specialist I - Computer Science and Engineer

The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX

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Software Systems Specialist I - Computer Science and Engineer


Computer Science and Engineer



Job Family:

Information Technology

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Open to:

External and Internal


Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and relevant experience up to $47,000


Funding expected to continue

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University Information:

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 5 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student bodies in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.

Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.

Job Summary:

Primarily providing computer Linux support for the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department to meet academic, research, and administrative needs for the department and organized research organizations within the department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Linux installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting, for end-user network connected workstations, servers, laptops, virtual servers, peripherals.
  • Develop and maintain scripts and/or automation tools for installation, configuration, and maintenance of systems.
  • Administer academic and research computers, network-based devices, and other various equipment, including OS imaging, system patching, package deployments, incident resolution and change management. Manage Linux accounts, home/working directories, groups, permissions, quotas, and file shares.
  • Occasional systems administration support of MacOS and Windows systems.
  • Assist with evaluating procurement requests for hardware and software.
  • Write technical specifications, operational and end user documentation.
  • Perform disaster recovery planning and testing.
  • Backup for Manager of Operations and Services and the Software Systems Specialist.
  • Manage deployments, maintenance, licensing, and performance of engineering/scientific software applications on Linux servers and end-user computer systems.
  • Perform disk encryption to meet compliance policies and configuration guidelines.
  • Participate in special projects from start to completion.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant computer field with one (1) year of experience providing server, desktop, end-user, and related IT equipment support in a business, enterprise, or higher education environment or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Understanding of basic network infrastructure, troubleshooting, and utilization of diagnostic tools/utilities for monitoring the performance and integrity of the systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in systems administration, working in a highly mixed operating system environment with a combination and interworking of Windows, UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X, and others.
  • Professional critical thinking skills, with the ability to solve complex problems in multistage approaches.
  • Experience supporting faculty, staff, students, and researchers in higher education.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with the three (3) main Linux distros – Debian (deb), red hat (rpm), and Slackware (slp). Experience maintaining Ubuntu, Red Hat Linux, CentOS, and some macOS and Windows devices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Linux environments, services, configurations, package deployments, troubleshooting, implementing security best practices, system/user policies.
  • Ability to work as a team member, take initiative to work independently, and embrace learning recent technologies.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and people skills.
  • Ability to be self-directed, resourceful, and creative.
  • Ability to complete all physical tasks as needed.

CBC Requirement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University’s compliance with this policy.

ADA Accommodations:

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.

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