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Systems Administrator Sr

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Has knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks and projects. Works under general supervision, typically reports to a project leader or manager. A certain degree of creativity and latitude required.



Open Date 09/28/2016
Requisition Number PRN12548B
Job Title Systems Administrator Sr
Working Title Information Security Professional
Job Grade G
FLSA Code Computer Employee
Patient Care Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time?
Work Schedule Summary

40 hours per week

VP Area
Department 00640 - Ctr for High Perform Computing
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range $65,000 to $75,000
Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Job Summary

Develop and support information security for Research Computing at the University of Utah.

Improve security posture, analyze threats and develop counter measures, and guide department security policies and procedures.

The Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) at the University of Utah provides advanced scientific computing services to a broad set of leading-edge, computationally-oriented faculty, research staff, and graduate students in a number of research disciplines on campus. The CHPC team includes a diverse set of systems and network experts, scientific programming consultants, and user services leads. CHPC operates a number of computational clusters and storage arrays and leverages the University’s new, state-of-the-art Downtown Data Center. Networking technologies in use include the Internet Protocol (both IPv4 and v6), FiberChannel, and Infiniband.

Located in Salt Lake City, in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the flagship institution of the State of Utah’s system of higher education and a member of the PAC-12 Conference. Salt Lake City combines the amenities of a major metropolitan area of more than one million people with the friendliness and ease of living of a small, Western city. Seven major ski resorts are within an hour’s drive from campus, and opportunities to pursue activities from biking to hiking to fishing abound. Salt Lake is also home to the Utah Symphony and Opera, the Utah Ballet, several professional sports teams, and a wide range of other cultural and recreational activities.

University Information Technology, the central IT service provider for campus, reports to the Chief Information Officer and is responsible for many of the University of Utah’s most critical common IT resources including the campus network; the Campus Information Services (CIS) portal; UMail, telephone, and online collaboration services; high performance and research computing; information security; teaching and learning technologies; software licensing; and a host of other systems and applications. For more information about UIT visit

  • Provide information security support, maintenance and development in a technical and diverse environment.
  • Contribute to the overall information security of the center & institution.
  • Maintenance and operation of information security.
  • Advise and train department staff and user base.
  • Security incident response.
  • Work with the UofU Information Security Office (ISO) to leverage tools, techniques & resources as appropriate.
  • Attend departmental & institutional meetings and security conferences and participate, contribute and/or present as appropriate. Network with peer institutes and form collaborative relationships.
  • Demonstrate ability to be a flexible, organized, thoughtful, and proactive team player who can work with minimal guidance as well as strong abilities in communication and in customer service.
Minimum Qualifications

Require a bachelor’s degree in a related area, or equivalency, and 3-5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

Department Specific Requirements:
*Strong security skills in a heterogeneous computing environment for a very diverse multidisciplinary academic environment. *Experience in Unix/Linux and/or Windows and OSX system administration (RedHat/CentOS preferred).
*Perform and review vulnerability scans and address them on a routine basis.
*Review log files for indication of inappropriate or unusual activity.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


*Must be comfortable working in a team environment supporting technologies critical to the research mission of the University.
*Must have an aptitude and a desire for proactive, customer-focused support of research and innovation. A thoughtful, collaborative approach with end users, staff colleagues, and other IT professionals on campus is essential.
*Ability to employ both a talent for and specific expertise in network engineering and operations to serve the research community’s needs.
*Must possess excellent communication and organizational skills as well the ability to work under minimal supervision in a flexible, team-oriented environment.
*Ability to provide technical support, solve problems, and perform system maintenance in support of the CHPC user community.
*A commitment to provide excellent customer service.
*Ability to work in a team environment.
*Experience with compliance laws and regulations such as HIPAA, FERPA, FIPS, dbGaP and FISMA.
*Ability to develop recommendations to meet compliance needs.
*Ability to maintain a culture of openness, trust, and transparency while ensuring a safe, secure, and protected environment for our customers.

Additional Comments
*Has knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field.
*Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
*Performs a variety of tasks and projects. *Works under general supervision, typically reports to a project leader or manager.
*A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary

Has knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks and projects. Works under general supervision, typically reports to a project leader or manager. A certain degree of creativity and latitude required.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a related Bachelor's degree or equivalency? (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education)
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission