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Job Req ID:  82036

Sr. Systems Administrator

Sr. Systems Administrator

Advanced Research Computing at Hopkins (ARCH) is seeking a Senior Systems Administrator who provides Linux systems management for a clustered HPC system with hundreds of compute nodes and several petabytes of storage as well as providing technical supporting to the user community. This may involve from allocation and account management to more technical issues with potential hardware failure.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Install, Configure, Maintain and Troubleshoot (65%)

  • Install and configure server hardware and operating systems
  • Evaluate, implement, and manage appropriate software and hardware solutions
  • Install and configure infrastructure applications
  • Implement a schedule of system backups and archive operations
  • Provide server level administration, including hardware and software maintenance, upgrades and patches, account maintenance, backups and recoveries, and user assistance
  • Monitor and tune the system to achieve optimum performance levels
  • Develop scripts and solutions to automate systems management
  • Perform system software upgrades including planning, scheduling and coordination, to provide a stable product for the environment
  • Audit and maintain user access and authorization to provide for system security
  • Generate and maintain periodic and ongoing system-specific reports to assess system performance, integrity and capacity to deliver a stable environment to users
  • Utilize system management and monitoring tools and incident tracking systems to detect incidents, take corrective actions and determine root cause
  • Monitor changes and resolve any incidents by responding to problems as they occur, by reviewing all processing and output of the newly implemented solution, and by proactively ensuring the solution works successfully in order to satisfy customer requirements and to provide a smooth transition to new solution

Relationship Management (15%):

  • Maintain professional relationships with colleagues and customers across Hopkins and participating institutions
  • Provide training for colleagues and customers
  • Frequently communicate with customers to ensure they are updated with the latest status and information available
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service
  • Build effective working partnerships within the School, across the University and with other institutions

Analysis & Design (10%):

  • Design solutions that conform to institutional polices, standards and guidelines
  • Evaluate, research and recommend infrastructure applications that reside between the end user applications and hardware operating systems, working with vendors, customers and others (e.g. open source or Internet2 initiatives, to provide configurable tools to the customers)
  • Create and maintain documentation for clients and colleagues to serve as technical and/or end user reference

Project Collaboration & Lifecycle Participation (10%):

  • Participate in scheduled project team meetings by attending all meetings to provide input to the team
  • As required work with IT Architect and others to evaluate vendor proposals to assist in selecting most appropriate vendor
  • Implement changes while adhering to the change management policies and procedures in order to deliver a successful solution
  • Test all changes by using the appropriate test scenarios to ensure all delivered solutions work as expected and errors are handled in a meaningful way
  • Contribute and make recommendations to the development of test scenarios


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree and three years related experience.


* Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must possess all requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities as posted in the supplemental section.
  • Must demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple priorities effectively.
  • Ability to prioritize conflicting demands.
  • Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the service of users and colleagues.
  • Writes and communicates clearly and concisely.
  • Possesses sound documentation skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must demonstrate exemplary customer service skills.


Internal & External Contacts:

  • Faculty, graduate students and other researchers in JHU and other institutions to provide technical support for system use.
  • Peers and senior staff in MARCC and Krieger IT, including MARCC applications group, as project team leader or member, and staff in IT@JH as client and collaborator Parts I, II, and III are written or reviewed by the supervisor and discussed with the employee at the beginning of the evaluation cycle



Classified Title: Sr. Systems Administrator
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $59,872.80  - $82,422.40 (Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 

Department name: Dean Office of 
Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences


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


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