Systems Engineer

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Created: February 22, 2011


We’re looking for a sysadmin at Hopkins. Come work with me. It’ll be cool, I promise.

-Sean ---

The Systems Engineer will provide systems administration and, to a lesser extent, programming support for the Systems department’s multi-platform - primarily Linux, but also some Windows and Solaris – environment. This position will support services provided by the Systems department, including, but not limited to, library catalog, search interface, federated search tools, library web sites, blogs, file and print shares, desktop applications and mobile interfaces. The Systems department shares server infrastructure with Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC), and collaborates closely with DRCC systems administrator.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: * Installing, upgrading and patching operating systems; installing, upgrading and maintaining server hardware and peripheral devices (disk arrays, tape libraries). * Working with other systems administrators and programmers to proactively and appropriately monitor hardware, operating systems, and applications in support of services provided by Systems department. * Providing support to programmers in selecting, packaging, deploying and configuring applications across a diverse server environment. * Managing system backup and recovery across all supported servers. * Supporting a virtual machine infrastructure as well as stand-alone servers. * Troubleshooting problems across several areas, including application, network, OS, hardware. * Installing, configuring, maintaining and providing security for all Linux/Unix systems and peripheral devices. * Installing and maintaining small to mid-range UPS equipment. * Configuring and managing infrastructure services, which include DNS, DHCP, SMTP, SSH, FTP and SMB services and software; web servers; servlet containers; database software (MySQL, Postgres, MSSQL). * Serving as the point of contact for software and hardware vendors and vendors' technical support staff. * Participating in the analysis and planning of systems and services, including recommending server configurations and purchasing. * Serving as the liaison to the University IT community on issues related to Unix/Linux and systems administration. * Participating in the Systems Office 24x7 on-call plan – includes being available by cell phone and participating in the on-call pager rotation. * Sharing responsibility for physical and server environment in data center * Programming support for optimizing system performance. * Identifying areas for improvement in server and/or application management, and proposing/implementing solutions to improve processes.

Qualifications: * Bachelor’s degree and five years related experience required. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. * The candidate will support a variety of applications and services running on Linux, Unix (Solaris), and Windows. Individual must work closely with other staff in the Library Systems department, DRCC, central IT department, and with external vendors and developers. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Position may require lifting of materials less than 50 pounds occasionally.

Preferred Qualifications: * Working experience with a virtual machine framework, such as XenServer; experience with Windows AD; experience with deploying software packages; experience with Tomcat, MySQL and PostgreSQL; programming experience in Unix shells, Ruby, Java, and Perl; and knowledge or experience with libraries are desirable.

The Sheridan Libraries encompass the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and its collections at the John Work Garrett Library, the George Peabody Library, the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room, and the DC Centers. Its primary constituency is the students and faculty in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Carey Business School and the School of Education. A key partner in the academic enterprise, the library is a leader in the innovative application of information technology and has implemented notable diversity and organizational development programs. The Sheridan Libraries are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries is to 'work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new and promoting existing staff.' The Libraries prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit .

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