Salary is commensurate with education and experience
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our Benefits page.
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The Department of Genome Sciences (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW SoM) and is comprised of 27 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 well-being. Genome Sciences is a collaborative department supported by very different academic disciplines. We work with a multitude of Program 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 $67M in FY17.
The Department of Genome Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for a SENIOR COMPUTER SPECIALIST.
The System Administrator position with IT Core Services Team (CST) at Genome Sciences will support a variety of critical IT services for all members of the Department as well as affiliated organizations and individuals. CST's focus is on providing comprehensive frontline support and is the primary contact for a wide range of clients in a fast paced and exceptionally varied environment. CST activities include; support of Mac. Windows, and Linux desktops; ticket triage; support of instrument computers (e.g. PC's attached to DNA sequencers); classroom support; system purchasing and building; troubleshooting OS, hardware, and networking problems, system and software tracking and auditing; and user account management, The GS IT team was the recipient of the UW's Distinguished Staff Award 2013. This award reflects the team's commitment to teamwork, collegiality, and excellent good-natured customer service.
Engineer solutions to complex computing operations issues 50%:
Applying a high level of proficiency in the theoretical operations of computers and networks and a specialized knowledge of the practical application of the underlying theories the System Administrator will work independently to solve problems, develop systems and document procedures.
The solutions will need to directly address the functional requirements as determined by direct work with faculty and the other members of the GS-ITS team.
Design, prototype, implement and document new systems and procedures 20%:
Automate tasks using high-level programming/scripting languages such as Bash, Visual Basic, Python, or Perl.
Employ and configure 3rd party management systems (e.g. WSUS, Katello, Puppet, Nagios) for automated systems management tasks
Provide 2nd tier escalation engineering services to less experienced systems administrators.
Create in-depth technical documentation of complex systems 15%:
Documentation will be constructed and maintained in a manner that allows other system administrators to quickly understand the critical components of complex systems design and maintenance.
Documentation will need to adhere to documentation standards.
Work directly with faculty to determine functional requirements for labs 15%
The System Administrator will use systems analysis techniques and procedures to design, specify, and implement systems to meet those needs
This person will support the computing environment for all users of a department of 29 research groups and administrative offices. The majority of work will be focused on supporting a large-scale, complex, and heterogeneous scientific computing environment. The computing environment supported includes high performance clusters for scientific computing, scale storage, multiple database systems, heterogeneous desktops and servers (Linux, MacOS and Windows), and database systems in the context of a department falling under HIPAA requirements of the School of Medicine (SoM). The research computing environment at Genome Sciences currently includes 8000+ CPU cores and 8 Petabytes of network available disk based storage. It is one of the largest research computing operation at the University of Washington. This entails troubleshooting complex technical problems in hardware and software, providing maintenance, and implementing new systems. Assist other systems administrators by serving as 2nd tier escalation engineer for technical issues within their area of expertise.
The position requires effective communication with all members of the Department and an ability to present proposed technical solutions in a concise and compelling manner. Organizational skills, commitment, and the ability to work alone or in a team is key.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Engineering, or related field
2+ years experience as a systems administrator or systems engineer in a professional setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with at least two of the following: Windows, Mac, and/or Linux based systems
Demonstrated professional competence in systems administration or systems engineering.
Demonstrated ability to see complex IT projects through to successful completion.
Experience working in an education, research, and/or biotech setting a strong plus. Experience in technical customer service a strong plus.
Appointment of the successful candidate to this position may be made contingent upon a satisfactory outcome of a criminal conviction history check .
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