Unix Systems Administrator

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Created: October 24, 2012


The University of Chicago Library is seeking a Unix Systems Administrator to join our Digital Library Development Center (DLDC) team.

The DLDC collaborates with librarians, faculty, university departments and other groups, and colleagues at other institutions, to develop and maintain networked information systems for use today, and to ensure the long-term preservation of information resources delivered through these systems for continued availability in the future.

Our core activities include designing, building, and maintaining web sites, dynamic information resources, and digital collections; installing and supporting vended systems that provide access to information resources; administering the network of information server computers which underlie our digital library and which support related initiatives on campus; researching, evaluating, and implementing new technologies; participating in national and international digital library initiatives; and documenting and sharing procedures, policies, and discoveries.

See Digital Library Collections and Activities, http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/digital/ , for some examples of our work.  A departmental description is available at http://dldc.lib.uchicago.edu/ .

The Job:

The Unix Systems Administrator performs tasks related to the administration of an integrated cluster of networked Unix/Linux server computers, including installation, configuration, maintenance and upgrading of system software, performing data backups and restores, account administration, security and performance monitoring, according to established procedures.

This position also performs or participates in installation, configuration, testing and maintenance of vended systems on Linux server computers; troubleshoots software and hardware problems to maintain a high standard of reliability.


Bachelor's degree and three years full-time experience as a system administrator in a production Unix/Linux environment is required.  We are also looking for expert knowledge of the utilities used in Unix/Linux system administration with a thorough knowledge of Linux. Hands-on expertise in Apache, Tomcat and MySQL or Oracle configuration and administration is essential, along with hands-on expertise in installing, configuring and maintaining server computer hardware.

Knowledge of system and network security plus proven ability to automate solutions to system administration problems with languages such as sh, TCL, Perl, Python or Ruby is required.  We also require previous experience using a revision control system and previous experience using emacs or vi(m).

To work well within our team, we are seeking strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills, along with a customer service focus. It is key that you come with a demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership, and to act on your own initiative to identify and solve problems.

For a complete description, including application instructions, please visit https://jobopportunities.uchicago.edu/ and search for requisition 091155.


Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 15:56 UTC

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