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Database Administrator-VTTI

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Database Administrator-VTTI
Role Title: Information Technology Specialist II
Posting Number: SW0170733
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking a database administrator to be responsible for the administration and operation of databases in a dynamic research environment. In addition to day to day database operations, the position also involves providing consultation to researchers regarding database design, performance, and usage, as well as providing vision and guidance regarding major database decisions. The position requires work both individually as well as collaboratively with other members of the VTTI IT team and researchers. The ideal candidate must be able to communicate and interact effectively with this diverse clientele. Due to the nature of the environment, the ability to be flexible and a motivated self-learner is vital.
The database platforms in use at VTTI are primarily IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. The DB2 environment is the primary repository for VTTI’s research data and currently houses hundreds of terabytes of research data in an MPP infrastructure running on Linux. VTTI uses Microsoft SQL Server for major research projects, especially for a management and inventory database with replication to numerous distributed laptops. In addition, VTTI also uses MySQL and PostgreSQL in miscellaneous roles as appropriate, for example as utility databases for LAMP/LAPP applications.

Required Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related field. A lesser degree with significant equivalent training and experience may be considered in lieu of B.S. degree.
-Demonstrated experience running multiple relational database systems, especially IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. Significant experience with other database systems (e.g. Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL)
-Demonstrated SQL and data modelling skills
-Thorough understanding of and experience applying principles of database security
-Demonstrated experience with backup and performance tuning of databases
-Experience designing and operating backup and recovery procedures for production database systems

Preferred Qualifications:

-Understanding of and experience managing large parallel database environments in a scientific data warehousing environment, especially with significant sensitivity requirements (e.g. human subject research), using clustering or partitioning to parallelize data access
-Experience supporting researchers using scientific analysis tools, notably SAS, Matlab, and R, as well as writing SQL
-Experience configuring and operating database systems in high-availability configurations
-Experience with database replication, especially with SQL Server
-Experience writing system shell scripts or using high-level programming language, such as Java, C#/.Net, C++, especially for automating various database administration tasks (backups, log parsing, data loading, etc.)

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: One Year from Hire
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 5
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Virginia Tech Transportation Instit
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Varies
Posting Date: 09/11/2017
Review Begin Date:
Job Close Date: 09/29/2017
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

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

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