Systems Administrator

  • UCSF
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Jun 08, 2021
Full time Computer Science

Job Description

Job Summary

The Systems Administrator will work in the Keiser lab which researches multi-target drug activity at the molecular level. The position helps with analyzing, evaluating, moving, and maintaining the IT cluster architecture without an interruption in service.

The Systems Administrator manages, maintains, administers, and is the first point of responsibility for Keiser Lab’s entire computational hardware, software, and data infrastructure. The lab requires system administration, cluster administration, new hardware purchasing, new system deployment, maintenance of disks that fail, and desktop support for 20 lab members. Keiser Lab is supported by the UCSF Wynton Cluster, with which the lab must interoperate. The work thus requires interacting with a large number of different people and technicians, more complex network configurations, and managing more complex interdependencies of heterogeneous systems.

Work location: Sandler Center, Mission Bay, but will be working remotely till Oct 2021

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Red Hat Enterprise System Administrator Certification or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer security best practices and policies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Fortran, Java, Python, or Perl programming languages
  • Working knowledge of level 3 TCP/IP networking technology/hardware
  • Basic knowledge of how to apply technologies and systems to meet business needs
  • Understanding of system performance monitoring and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance
  • Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to meet business needs
  • Demonstrated understanding of how system management actions affect users and dependent/related functions
  • Demonstrated experience writing and editing scripts of moderate complexity used to perform system maintenance and administration
  • Ability to elicit and communicate technical and non-technical information in a clear and concise manner
  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates problem-solving skills. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to write technical documentation in a clear and concise manner
  • General knowledge of other areas of IT


  • Red Hat Enterprise System Administrator Certification or equivalent