Sr. Linux IT Engineer

College Park, Maryland
May 12, 2022
Jun 16, 2022
Full Time

Sr. Linux IT Engineer 
Position #: 106412

As a senior member of the Linux Administration team, the Senior Linux Engineer is responsible for all aspects of the University Linux environment, ensuring they are managed in a secure and modern fashion. Working collaboratively with other Linux Administration staff, Platform Engineering, and other operational units, this role functions as a forward-thinking engineer and administrator who can also solve complex day-to-day IT problems. This person will need a strong background in DevOps principles, automation, and system architecture. Utilizing tools such as Puppet, Satellite, and AWS CloudFormation, this person will deploy OS patches, provision new machines, manage configuration states, deploy new AWS solutions, and troubleshoot existing on-prem and cloud deployments, ensuring system security, maximum uptime, and service stability.

Minimum qualifications

● Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education, technical certifications or training, or work experience.

● Minimum of 6-9 years of relevant experience, including administration and management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or greater to include installation, configuration, optimization, backup, and recovery
● Experience with automating system configuration and management with Puppet.

● In-depth knowledge of Unix/Linux (RedHat) operating system internals, client/server computing techniques, distributed systems management concepts, server virtualization, and all aspects of computer   communications
● Administration of Linux in both virtualized (VMware) and cloud (AWS) environments
● Must be able to work concurrently on multiple projects, adjust to changes in priorities, and respond efficiently and effectively to emergency situations
● Must be able to participate in a 7/24/365 on-call rotation, working evenings and/or weekends outside of normal business hours
● Excellent problem solving, attention to detail, multitasking, communication, and complex troubleshooting skills
● Ability to gather project requirements, develop detailed project plans, schedule and execute the project tasks
● Ability to create and deliver a clear and effective presentation to small groups (5-20 people)
● Effective written and verbal communication skills. Must assist, guide, and share information with technical and non-technical personnel
● Must be able to work well with others in a cooperative work environment

● Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline

● Experience managing Unix/Linux systems in a large-scale Enterprise environment
● Experience with programming in at least 1 high level language such as Perl, Nodejs, Ruby, or Python
● Experience with management/deployment tools such as Puppet, Satellite, Hiera, and/or AWS Cloud Formation
● Experience with Docker containers and cluster management, AWS ECS preferred
● AWS Management experience (I.E.: Instance deployment, Cloud Formation template development, Stack updates/change-sets, AMI creation, etc)
● Experience managing out-of-band HW service processors like iDRAC

● Strong understanding of Linux shell scripting
● Red Hat RHCSA/RHCE or equivalent industry-standard certifications.
● AWS Certified Solutions Architect associate certification
● Administration of application middleware servers (i.e.: Tomcat, Apache).
● Familiarity with setting up and managing Kerberos, networked file systems, and services
● In-depth knowledge of TCP/IP, DNS, LDAP, and other core technologies such as NTP, iSCSI, SAN, NAS, etc.

Additional information: This position does not provide sponsorship for Visas.

Salary range:  $118,000 – $138,000.

Physical demands: May be required to lift and rack computing and storage equipment into data center racks and cabinets. Must be able to occasionally work in a data center environment where the ambient air temperature is 64-72 degrees.

Best consideration date: 05/23/2022 or open until filled

Please apply at: 
Vaccine protocol: the University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


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