Linux Systems Administrator

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Sep 26, 2020
Nov 11, 2020
Full Time
Linux Systems Administrator Volgenau School of Engineering

The George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE), seeks applicants for a full-time Linux Systems Administrator (Information Technology Specialist III). This position is ideal for a Linux generalist interested in working in an academic open platform environment to develop and implement evolving technologies. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Information about the Department: The Computing Services Department supports the computing infrastructure for the Volgenau School of Engineering in multiple buildings across Mason's Fairfax, SciTech and Arlington campuses. Individual users include students, faculty and administrative staff with varying degrees of technical skills. The department supports individual client computers and devices, school-based servers, and centrally administered systems.

Responsibilities: The position is primarily responsible for supporting Linux systems, systems integration, network management, and Unix/Linux-based workstations used to support student academic labs, and faculty, researcher, and staff functions. The position is also responsible for collaborating with and acting as a back-up for VSE's database and web administrator.

Required Qualifications: * Must work well independently and collaboratively as a member of a team; * Must possess exceptional communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with a diverse population; * Demonstrated experience as a Linux/Unix systems admin; * Demonstrated experience as a Linux/Unix database administrator, with a strong preference for Oracle and MySQL/MariaDB; * Demonstrated experience using Linux-based scripting tools; * Demonstrated experience in PHP-based Web application development and support; * Experience in multi-platform integration; * Strong background in TCP/IP networking; * Experience with IT help desk/end-user support.

Preferred Qualifications: * Understanding of software and hardware used in computer clients and servers; * Understanding of technology used to connect and integrate computer systems; * Understanding of popular operating systems; * Experience with network management, including firewalls and security management; * Experience with cloud provisioning and support; * Experience high-performance computing; * Experience in use of shibboleth and central authentication systems; * Experience supporting Macintosh computers and applications; * Experience in supporting advanced users of smart phones; * Experience in diagnosing and resolving network configuration problems; * Experience in an enterprise or higher education environment; * Effective written and oral communication skills; * Associate's degree (or equivalent work experience).

Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education, with approximately 250 full-time faculty. The school boasts more than 8,170 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Volgenau School researchers earned more than $90 million in awards over the last 12 months. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its excellence in emerging areas including big data, cybersecurity, healthcare technology, robotics and autonomous systems, signals and communications, and sustainable infrastructure.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, classified at the R1 highest research activity level, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country and has an outstanding local public school system.

In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 01520Z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. The review of applications will begin July 27, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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