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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Systems Administrator
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170237
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Position Summary:

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is seeking a Systems Engineer. The incumbent will be part of an IT team whose chief objective is to ensure continuous and secure operations of VTCRI’s network, systems and delivered services. He or she will take the lead in implementation of services, data integrity, recoverability and security of the environment. This will include actively participating in day-to-day monitoring and administration tasks. The incumbent will have ownership and/or participation in various projects as assigned, and the adherence to established equipment inventory and surplus procedures.

The incumbent will use industry established best-practices and standards to make their administration more effective and more efficient. He or she will be responsible for all facets of system engineering – design, documentation, implementation, capacity planning, monitoring, troubleshooting, and standards. Incumbent will support enterprise applications in a scientific research environment and manage IT policies and procedures in collaboration with the IT Director. Performs other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will utilize communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. The candidate must be ability to identify highly complex problems, investigate them, address them, and learn from them. The successful candidate will have excellent customer service skills to work collaboratively and effectively with faculty, staff, students, and sponsors. They must be energetic and able to function effectively and independently in a fast-moving environment subject to external pressure and frequent interruptions with an ability of training users in applications and operating system.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in IT, computer science or related field, or equivalent training and experience.
• Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Server products, systems management, and Active Directory including advanced administration and configuration.
• Knowledge and experience with virtualization concepts, hypervisors, and tools with focus on VMWare technologies.
• Knowledge and experience with Linux server systems administration (RHEL or CentOS preferred).
• Experience with server class systems architecture and hardware, as well as common open source projects and community environments.
• Enterprise storage (SAN, NAS) configuration, troubleshooting, and support.
• Experience and knowledge of systems security, backup and recovery procedures, and networking in an enterprise environment.
• Experience with enterprise-level backup, recovery, and archiving technologies. (VERITAS NetBackup Enterprise preferred).
• Experience performing technical evaluations and analysis for all supported servers and systems in response to help desk tickets and user requests.
• Understanding of the OSI model for computer network environments.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Knowledge of underlying protocols of Active Directory and SSO components, including LDAP, Kerberos.
• Experience with database platforms (MS SQL, MySQL and PostgreSQL) in a scientific research environment.
• Knowledge of high-end computing and data lake management in a scientific research environment.
• Experience and knowledge with systems architecture and redundancy in a multi-data center environment.
• Experience and knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

To apply, please submit your application including resume, detailed cover letter and a list of references at, posting #AP0170237. (Quick link:
). The review of job applications will start on September 7th, and it will continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: VT Carilion Research Institute
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA
Location Zip Code: 24016
Work Schedule: 8-5 and as needed
Job Posting Date: 08/24/2017
Review Begin Date: 09/07/2017
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Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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