Unix Systems Administrator

Requisition: 091155
Title: Unix Systems Administrator
Generic University Title: System Administrator 2
Classification: Exempt
Division/Department: Digital Services/Digital Library Development Center (DLDC)
Reports to: Director, DLDC

About the DLDC

We envision an interoperable digital library which integrates information resources with instruction and research, and a digital archive which ensures the persistence and usability of these resources over time.

The Digital Library Development Center collaborates with librarians, faculty, university departments and other groups, and colleagues at other institutions, to develop and maintain networked information systems for use today, and to ensure the long-term preservation of information resources delivered through these systems for continued availability in the future.

Our core activities include designing, building, and maintaining web sites, dynamic information resources, and digital collections; installing and supporting vended systems that provide access to information resources; administering the network of information server computers which underlie our digital library and which support related initiatives on campus; researching, evaluating, and implementing new technologies; participating in national and international digital library initiatives; and documenting and sharing procedures, policies, and discoveries.

Development work has included archives and manuscripts finding aids databases (XML, XQuery), online digital collections (XML, XSLT, PHP, MySQL, HTML, Javascript, CSS), and administrative databases (PHP, MySQL). See Digital Library Collections and Activities, http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/digital/ , for some examples of our work. A departmental description is available at http://dldc.lib.uchicago.edu/ .

Position Summary

Performs Unix/Linux system administration in support of University of Chicago Digital Library Development Center.

Essential Functions

40% - Performs tasks related to the administration of an integrated cluster of networked Unix/Linux server computers, including installation, configuration, maintenance and upgrading of system software, performing data backups and restores, account administration, security and performance monitoring, according to established procedures.

55% - Performs or participates in installation, configuration, testing and maintenance of vended systems on Linux server computers; troubleshoots software and hardware problems to maintain a high standard of reliability; reads and follows documented procedures.

5% - Participates in hardware and software specification, installation and maintenance. Creates and maintains documentation related to the performance of his/her duties.


Required: Bachelor's degree. Three years full-time experience as a system administrator in a production Unix/Linux environment. Expert knowledge of the utilities used in Unix/Linux system administration. Thorough knowledge of Linux. Hands-on expertise in Apache, Tomcat and MySQL or Oracle configuration and administration. Hands-on expertise in installing, configuring and maintaining server computer hardware. Knowledge of system and network security. Proven ability to automate solutions to system administration problems with languages such as sh, TCL, Perl, Python or Ruby. Experience using a revision control system. Experience using emacs or vi(m). Strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership, and to act on own initiative to identify and solve problems. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team. Attention to detail. Strong customer service focus. Must be able to perform some duties after hours when needed.

Preferred: Knowledge of FreeBSD. Familiarity with digital library concepts, information storage and retrieval, text-based search systems, digitization and image management techniques and standards. Experience working in a library or academic environment.

Physical Demands

Sitting, typing, and reading from computer screen for long periods of time. Ability to lift and carry weights up to 60 lbs.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume to https://jobopportunities.uchicago.edu
Resumes sent via mail, fax or email will not be considered.
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