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Job Req ID:  58565

Linux Administrator

General summary/purpose:


The Whiting School of Engineering employs server and workstation technologies to support academic, research, and administrative activities. This position will enable the school to use best practices and efficient maintenance strategies with regards to machines on the Linux platform. The position reports to the IT Manager of WSE IT with the primary customer being the Center for Language and Speech Processing, but will be a highly skilled resource available to all users and IT staff across WSE.



Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • For new Linux-based stand-alone servers, clusters of servers, and workstations:
    • Work with customers to determine system requirements for sizing, services, network access
    • Perform initial installation and software configuration
    • Configure network and authentication
    • Determine and implement backup strategy
    • Ensure configuration security guidelines are followed
  • For existing Linux-based stand-alone servers, clusters of servers, and workstations perform these system administration tasks:
    • Maintain applications, libraries, and compilers
    • Use scripting to automate monitoring, maintenance, and security tasks
    • Investigate service requests that require technical understanding across a variety of IT disciplines (networking, operating systems, and applications) and resolve the issue or escalate appropriately to different teams based on findings.
  • Understand pfSense or similar firewall rulesets
  • Act as backup website administrator when primary web administrator is unavailable
  • Provide system administrative support for summer workshops using AWS or other cloud hosting providers
  • Document systems and processes for customers and for IT staff.


Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • Two years of college coursework.
  • Five years of related experience required.
  • Additional education can substitute for experience and additional experience may substitute for education.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Relevant certifications in Linux technologies or IT security a plus In-depth knowledge of multiple Linux distributions preferred (primarily Debian and RedHat)
  • Broad knowledge of networking preferred
  • Some knowledge of shell scripting required
  • Familiarity with server hardware preferred
  • Familiarity with scientific clusters and HPC scheduling tools (GridEngine preferred)

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of multiple Linux distributions preferred (primarily Debian and RedHat)
  • Broad knowledge of networking preferred
  • Some knowledge of shell scripting required
  • Familiarity with server hardware preferred
  • Familiarity with scientific clusters and HPC scheduling tools (GridEngine preferred)
  • Familiarity with client OSes (Mac, Windows) a plus
  • Familiarity with website maintenance (e.g., WordPress) and security a plus
  • Broad understanding of fundamental IT principles that result in maintainable, secure systems supporting a wide array of applications.
  • Knowledge of cloud computing, with system administration for cloud services

L evel of Independent Decision Making:


  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, ability to support customers of all sorts (students to deans, non-technical to experts).
  • Will take direction from departmental researchers on research direction, but will independently design technical solutions to service research requirements in consultation with JH IT standards and WSE IT peers.


Classified Title: LAN Administrator III 
Working Title: Linux Administrator 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $59,280 - $103,580; commensurate with experience. 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30am to 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001504-Ctr for Language and Speech Processing 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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