The Zuckerman Institute brings together a constellation of neuroscientists, engineers, statisticians, psychologists, and other scholars from across Columbia University and around the world who collaborate on research, teaching, and public programming.
The mission of the Zuckerman Institute Research Computing group is to provide the highest quality, leading-edge research computing and IT services, support, and infrastructure to Zuckerman Institute faculty and their research groups. The Research Computing Infrastructure team is responsible for the centrally managed scientific computing infrastructure behind the services provided to research labs in the Greene Science Center.
The Senior Research Systems Administrator will design, deploy and administer secure and scalable virtual machine, compute, and storage infrastructure in the Zuckerman Institute Data Center, with direction from the Director of Research Computing Infrastructure.
Responsibilities for system and storage administration and security include but are not limited to the following:
Administers, supports, and maintains virtual infrastructure and private cloud servers, hardware, operating systems, networks, account management, and security
Manages software applications in the production environment provided to research computing and storage users;
Ensures timely application of appropriate security and stability patches;
Works with the central University IT research computing, infrastructure and networking teams to use campus resources where appropriate;
Manages and enforces information security procedures pertinent to equipment in the Zuckerman Institute Data Center;
Designs and develops scripts for system administration, automation, monitoring and usage reporting, and IT infrastructure management;
Tunes, monitors, and customizes operating system-level components to assure high level of availability and performance;
Documents system administration procedures for routine and complex tasks;
Tracks developments in data center cloud architecture and new technologies.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience and a minimum of 4 years of experience required.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience in Linux/Unix systems administration, scripting and automation, as well as some experience with private cloud and virtual machine environments, is necessary.
The successful candidate must possess the ability to communicate and work with senior technical and research staff on technical, research computing service, and support topics. Excellent documentation, customer service, organizational, and time management skills to provide critical computing infrastructure and services for research faculty and staff are required. The ability to work as a member of a collaborative team while exercising independent judgment is essential.
Demonstrated large-scale system administration experience preferred. In-depth understanding of operating systems (Linux/Unix) including processes, files, memory management and I/O systems, networking services and protocols preferred. Experience working in a research and/or academic environment is a plus.
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