Systems Administrator II -- SAN DIEGO, CA

La Jolla, California
Jun 22, 2016
Oct 02, 2017
Full Time


This position provides system administration and programming support for CCR La Jolla, in a primarily Linux-based research computing environment.  Assists in the design and provides technical support, administration and maintenance of network and server systems and services. Although the main focus is on system administration, there will also be opportunities to help users with application software development. Due to the nature of this position, and the requirement for extended coverage, this position may occasionally be required to work hours outside of a regular schedule.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Installs and configures Linux on desktop and server systems. Builds new physical and virtual systems to design specifications and follows proper disposal procedures for retired systems.
  2. Installs and manages VMware virtual servers.
  3. Applies patches, updates system software, and maintains configuration control. Conducts regular system maintenance to include monitoring, tuning, capacity planning, and adjusting configurations as necessary to resolve problems, minimize downtime, and to enhance capabilities.
  4. Writes and maintains scripts written in shell, Perl, PHP and other languages.
  5. Automates system administration tasks.
  6. Manages user accounts, assists users with their computing needs.
  7. Recognizes security vulnerabilities and develops ways to mitigate them. Ensures all systems meet or exceed the intended business and security requirements and comply with IDA’s minimum configuration standard and configuration management guidelines.
  8. Assists in system certification and accreditation.  Assists in maintaining technical documentation libraries, to include the development and publication of standard operating procedures for systems and processes under their control.
  9. Builds software from source.  
  10. Configures and manages web servers and databases, including MySQL.
  11. Installs and maintains backup and recovery systems.  Works with senior analysts when necessary to quickly resolve critical system or service outages. Escalates issues as needed.
  12. Installs and configures switches, routers, and network security systems.
  13. Diagnoses and solves networking problems, including packet and protocol analysis when necessary.
  14. Maintains documentation and records.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, information technology, or a similar field; or equivalent experience.
  • Four or more years of system administration (three or more years with Linux).
  • Experience with open source tools including Apache, MySQL, Perl, PHP, GNU utilities.
  • Experience with VMWare.
  • Understanding of Ethernet, TCP/IP, and related network protocols.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form and with all levels of employees; possess good interpersonal skills.
  • Project management experience a plus.
  • Must be willing to work hours outside of a regular schedule.
  • CompTIA Security+ or equivalent security certification.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.