University of Pennsylvania SENIOR LINUX SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 02-30756


School Name School of Arts and Sciences

Org SASC-Computing

Posted to the Web 01/09/2019

Posted Job/Salary Grade D

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule TBD

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.


The Information Security & Unix Systems (ISUS) group at the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) is seeking a senior linux systems administrator who has a passion for high performance computing. Become a part of our team and work collaboratively with world-renowned researchers who endeavor to answer questions about the human brain, the highest reaches of the atmosphere, ocean biogeochemistry, the impact of social programs, and more. Help us keep all of our research clusters running smoothly for our users. Build clusters on campus and in Amazon AWS with cutting-edge technology.Serve as a systems administrator on highly complex physical and cloud linux systems. This position will also assist with our enterprise email, database, application, and web servers. The selected candidate will design, quote, purchase, deploy, and maintain high performance computing solutions using physical and cloud systems including Amazon’s AWS. The candidate will work directly with researchers to understand how HPC can enable and reshape their work. The candidate will also zealously pursue fast and collaborative solutions to tickets/requests, partnering with both faculty and local computing support providers throughout the school. The systems that our group manages often represent investments of more than $100k of grant funding for very high-profile projects. We are at a critical tipping point in computing architecture. In many cases, cloud-based infrastructure is cheaper, easier to maintain, more reliable, and more scalable than physical hardware. This position will put you on the SAS team that develops and builds out our tools for deploying and managing cloud-based service and research clusters.Work related tasks include: performing linux systems programming projects as needed; providing software installation and backups; coordinating hardware repairs; coordinating ordering & installation of equipment; recommending and tracking software & hardware; installing upgrades; performing technical consulting & end user linux support; supporting web and other infrastructure services; and responding to and assisting first-tier support staff who assist end-users with our systems. This position also participates in the ISUS on-call rotation.


Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.The successful candidate has advanced linux systems programming skills and a working knowledge of cluster queueing systems. They work collaboratively with faculty, graduate students, research staff, and their SAS Computing colleagues. They are passionate about the research and academic mission of SAS; they are ready to make a difference through teamwork, ingenuity, and the power of open source. They can manage and track a large number of ongoing projects simultaneously, working with their teammates to triage problems and execute solutions. Experience with Python, AWS EC2, SunGrid Engine, and Matlab is strongly preferred.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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