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System Administrator

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Position Information

Position Title System Administrator
Department Information Technology
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate No Less Than $50,000
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Deputy Chief Information Officer

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

Michigan Technological University’s Information Technology department is seeking applicants for a system administrator focused on research computing infrastructures. This critical role will support research computing needs across campus.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Analyze requirements of researchers and recommend technical solutions.
2. Implement and document solutions on Windows, Linux, and Mac desktops and servers.
3. Perform regular maintenance tasks on Windows, Linux, and Mac desktops and servers.
4. Ensure data and system integrity.
5. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of advances in information technology systems.
6. Identify tasks which require automation and automate them.
7. Troubleshoot hardware and software problems, both on workstations and servers.
8. Collaborate within IT to provide solutions in line with established standards.
9. Provide backup support to existing research computing staff.

  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
  • Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
Required Education (minimum requirements)

Bachelor’s degree in system administration or comparable technology related degree program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which required knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated expertise gained from professional experience with operating systems including Windows, Linux and / or Mac OS.
Ability to diagnose technical problems and apply standard solutions.
Demonstrated desire to continue learning new and applicable software applications.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience compiling and deploying software suites from source in a Linux environment, ideally Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Experience with Linux command line and scripting languages including but not limited to BASH, PERL or Python.
Experience with Revision Control Systems (e.g., Git).
Experience with Configuration Management tools (e.g., Puppet, Chef, CFEngine, etc).
Relevant Microsoft, Red Hat, VMware certifications.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
Superb communication and social skills related to complex IT topics.
Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 18142
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 04/04/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
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Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in system administration or comparable technology related degree program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which required knowledge and abilities can be acquired?
    • Yes
    • No

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