Now Hiring: System Administrator

The College of Science & Engineering is seeking a Systems Administrator to join its Infrastructure team. The focus of this position is on automation, orchestration, and software configuration in a complex and highly dynamic environment. A successful candidate will be a skilled professional who is able to work as part of a team as well as independently.

Classification: Second-level professional System/Database Design and Administrator independently performing system administration, design, and upgrades.


  • Designs and implements moderately complex systems (25%).
  • Responsible for design, development, performance, and maintenance of the servers, operating systems, and related applications to ensure system integrity and to achieve optimum performance (20%).
  • Provides advanced operational support. Troubleshoots, tracks, and resolves system issues. Evaluates and follows through on issues and problems until resolved or escalated (10%).
  • Works closely with faculty, staff, and students to recommend equipment and technology to assist them in their jobs (5%).
  • Plans, designs, and implements systems process and policies (5%).
  • Conducts disaster analysis, planning, and implementation (2%).
  • Conducts storage planning and administration (4%).
  • Updates standard procedures for a variety of tasks such as installing, configuring, and maintaining systems (15%).
  • Maintains hardware and software inventory, including software licensing (2%).
  • Recommends hardware replacement and plan new hardware implementation (2%).
  • Develops recovery procedures, scheduling and backups (2%).
  • Provides training and technical guidance to less experienced staff, and has authority to supervise student employees (5%).
  • Other duties as assigned by team leads or manager (3%).

CSE-IT endorses a “Work with Flexibility” approach that encourages employees to select a work location where they can do their best work. This means that the person in this role has an option to work remotely, partially remotely, or entirely in the office; at this time, many team members have opted to work remotely. All team members will be asked to attend certain in-person work events during the year regardless of remote status. Regardless of work location, work processes will be digital and paperless. Team members are provided University-configured equipment and supportive technology tools, but the employee will be required to provide reliable internet access and home office furnishings if they opt for part or all of their duties to be undertaken remotely. However, this role is limited to applicants who reside in (or intend to relocate to) either Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Required Qualifications

  • Related BA/BS and two years of work experience in the area of systems administration. Or, unrelated BA/BS and four years of work experience in the area of systems administration.
  • Two years working with Linux (Ubuntu/Debian or CentOS/RedHat).
  • Experience with at least one scripting language (Python, Ruby, etc).
  • Familiarity with at least one configuration management tool (preferably Puppet; Chef/Ansible/Salt experience is also acceptable).
  • Ability to collaborate and maintain respectful relationships with faculty, staff, and students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Ability to balance a workload consisting of proactive, project-focused work and incoming requests from clients in an effective manner.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with scripting and automation as it applies to systems administration.
  • Experience with version control software such as git/Github, Subversion, or Mercurial.
  • Experience with monitoring and data collection systems such as Prometheus, Nagios, or Splunk.
  • Familiarity with provisioning technologies such as Foreman, vSphere, PXE, or DHCP.
  • Knowledge of databases (MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle, etc.).
  • Experience with job queueing systems such as OSG, Condor, or Torque/PBS.

Physical Qualifications

This position requires the ability to perform the following: typing, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. This position may also include long periods of sedentary work as well as prolonged computer use.