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Job Req ID:  13751

Sr. Systems Engineer

Classified Title: Sr. Systems Engineer 
Working Title:  ​​​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PF 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 02-MD:Mount Washington Campus 
Department name: 10000022-IT@JH Engineering Services 
Personnel area: University Administration

General summary/purpose:

This senior systems engineer position will provide RedHat/Centos Linux support to a number of the critical Linux projects throughout the Johns Hopkins enterprise.   This position will also provide secondary support for our Precision Medicine / HortonWorks Hadoop project.

Primary Duties

Requires detailed installation, configuration, troubleshooting of the internals of UNIX operating environment (RedHat or Centos Linux).  Knowledge of and practical experience performing capacity planning and performance tuning across the UNIX environments.  Ability to quickly assess systems related problems and provide resolutions with minimal impacts to user community. Experience in configuring the UNIX operating environment for a 24x7 environment utilizing clustering technology.  Ability to develop midrange strategic planning documents, present to audiences at all levels, and obtain justification for initiatives to move towards an integrated health care delivery information systems environment.

Ability to provide operating system based insights to other Midrange Technical Services staff to support their efforts, help them trouble-shoot their problems, and assist in tuning non-operating system components.   Familiarity with VMWare is helpful. 

Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree.  Additional experience can be substituted for education.

Required Experience: 

Six years related experience.  Additional education can be substituted for experience.

Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits = 1 year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college coursework may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Preferred qualifications

RedHat or Centos Linux.  Experience with VMWare running Linux VMs.  Experience with automated builds, automated updates, job scheduling, disaster recovery, user security, file system security, encryption, and monitoring.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

The senior systems engineer should have significant experience with RedHat or Centos Linux (preferred) running in a stand-alone (server) or VMWare (virtual) environment.  Experience with technologies in used in our Hadoop environment including Cloudbreak, HortonWorks Hadoop, HortonWorks Data Flow, Nifi, Ansible, Docker, MySQL, Kerberos, LDAP, NGINX, TomCat. 

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:  RedHat Systems Administrator certified (preferred)


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

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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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