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SysOps Engineer

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: SysOps Engineer
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170244
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 SysOps Engineer position provides information technology support and administration for the Virginia Cyber Range. The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience working with all aspects of system and networking administration, including but not limited to provisioning, installation/configuring, operation, and maintenance of both the systems and application stacks on infrastructure in a virtualized environment. The SysOps Engineer will be part of the Ops team primarily responsible for executing, testing, and rolling-out solutions to support the infrastructure of the Virginia Cyber Range, as well as infrastructure for individual exercises and scenarios in the Cloud. The SysOps Engineer is responsible for user account management and device management within the infrastructure, in addition to other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in STEM field from accredited college or university and/or equivalent training and experience.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of deploying; managing; and operating scalable; highly available; and fault tolerant systems in *Nix
- Systems administration experience in *Nix and Windows enterprise platforms.
- Demonstrated experience with life-cycle management, systems health and security monitoring to identify system failures, bottleneck, or intrusions
- Comfortable working with modern interpreted scripting languages to automate and provide solutions to business problems.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work independently and achieve objectives on complex projects running simultaneously and complete projects by required due dates.
- Excellent customer service skills with the ability to simplify complex IT related terms and concepts.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Extensive SysOps level experience in Amazon AWS
- Experience with Cloud IaaS provider based environments and with controlling the flow of data to and from a Cloud IaaS provider
- High-level understanding of Amazon AWS services and offerings
- Identifying appropriate use of AWS operational best practices
- Estimating AWS usage costs and identifying operational cost control mechanisms
- Working knowledge and extensive experience with configuration management tools such as Ansible, Salt, Puppet, Chef etc.
- Auditing or functional experience with Oracle, MySQL, Postgres, MSSQL databases.
- System administration or audit experience in higher education.
- Strong background in network troubleshooting and packet analysis.
- Experience with regulatory and legislative authorities such as CJIS, HIPAA, PCI, PII, CIPA and FERPA

Employment Conditions: Eligible for telecommuting, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

M-F, 7-4 or M-F, 8-5

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of professional references to Apply to posting #AP0170244. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: June 30, 2018
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Cyber Range
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5 (Flexible Working Schedule allowed)
Job Posting Date: 09/01/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/31/2018
Job Close Date:
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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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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