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The Department of Genome Sciences (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine and is comprised of 30 labs addressing leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches taking advantage of genomic information now available for a host of species. GS is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. Genome Sciences is a collaborative department supported by very different academic disciplines. We work with a multitude of Principal Investigators (PIs) in departments both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has gone through significant expansion since its beginning in 2001 with annual grant awards of $57M in FY20. The department has 62 training, teaching, and research faculty.
As a Linux System Administrator you’ll provide engineering, administration, and support services as a member of Genome Sciences IT Services (GS-IT) Research Computing Team (RCT). The successful candidate will join three system administrators and a team manager. RCT supports multiple high performance Linux clusters (8,800+ CPU cores in aggregate), 9PB of NAS/SAN storage from a variety of vendors, numerous large databases (Postgres, MySQL), custom Linux application servers, 1/10/100GbE networking, and large scale backup/archive services.
Position Complexities: The Linux System Administrator will support all computational infrastructure for users within the Department of Genome Sciences as well as collaborators/affiliates world-wide. The majority of work will be focused on supporting large-scale, complex, and heterogeneous scientific computing environment. This work addresses the rapidly evolving technical requirements associated with cutting edge genetic research while also complying with federal information security requirements. An ideal applicant would be curious, focused, able to define and complete projects, able to articulate complicated problems concisely, demonstrate effective troubleshooting skills, and provide secure solutions that scale well.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Engineer solutions to existing complex computing operations issues, supporting clients through an email ticketing system. Interface with users to investigate and solve problems, streamline procedures, and communicate results. Solutions should address functional requirements as determined by direct work with faculty, management, and the other members of the GS-IT team.
Prototype, test, and implement new systems and procedures often leveraging programming languages such as Puppet, Python, Bash, or Perl.
Create or maintain technical documentation for complex systems. Documentation should allow other system administrators to quickly understand critical components of complex systems design and maintenance.
Learn and explore new technologies that will add value to GS-IT and the department.
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Informatics, or related field. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
2 years’ experience supporting Linux (preferably CentOS/RHEL) in a professional environment.
Proficient oral and written communication skills. Collaborates well.
Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and communicate progress.
Experience supporting multiple investigators in a University or non-profit research environment.
Familiarity with large scale storage systems.
AWS/GCP or other cloud knowledge.
Familiarity with configuration management tools like Puppet and Ansible.
Experience with monitoring frameworks like Nagios.
Experience writing and maintaining scripts to automate tasks (e.g. Bash, Python, Perl).
An ability to see complex IT projects through to successful completion.
Solid understanding of information security best practices.
Applicants who are eager to learn that don’t possess all of above are still encouraged to apply! This position presents a great opportunity for professional growth.
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