System Administrator

University Of Southern California Riverside , CA 92501

Posted 3 months ago

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI is one of the nation's largest, most successful university-affiliated computer research institutes. We operate one of the world's largest academic high-performance computing clusters. Our work ranges from theoretical basic research, such as core engineering and computer science discovery,

to applied research and development, such as design and modeling of innovative prototypes and devices. ISI has three research campuses: one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.

This position is primary located in Arlington, VA, and will be required to travel to Waltham (Boston), MA, at least one week per quarter or for emergency.

A successful applicant for this position must be willing and able to successfully obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance. Candidates with existing TS/SCI clearance will be preferred. Per U.S. government regulations, only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.

ISI is seeking an experienced System Administrator to support core institute IT infrastructure and operations. This role will also serve as Information System Security Officer for classified projects. You will also have responsibility for the security configuration of several key systems. In that role, you will accredit, maintain, audit, and participate in assessments for secure systems and networks. You will have the opportunity to work with other highly-skilled technology experts on complex systems and interesting technical challenges.

This position requires a range of existing skills and prior experience for at least 5 years' hand-on expertise, including specialization in the following categories:

  • Active Directory /Exchange / Windows Server

  • RHEL and/or Ubuntu Linux (or similar)

  • Security hardening and patching of information systems including network, servers, desktop/laptop and mobile devices

  • Intranet, Ethernet and Internet connectivity management and troubleshoot.

  • VMware virtualization platforms

  • SAN, NAS, DAS setup and management

  • Rack/Stack, configure, maintain physical hardware equipment

  • Deploy and maintain end user workstations - desktop, laptop, printer and peripherals

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage, support, and upgrade (software and hardware) the ISI infrastructure, desktop operations and general facilities

  • Proactively identify and resolve system reliability and performance concerns including network devices and applications

  • Provide analytical and technical expertise on system integration, installation, replacement and upgrades of servers and operating systems

  • Provide support for corporate and classified network related connectivity for corporate network working in conjunction with network engineering team

  • Develop and maintain appropriate system documentation. Formulate standards for system management

  • As Information System Security Officer for classified projects, you will also have responsibility for the security configuration of several key systems.This includes:

  • Accredit, maintain, audit, and participate in assessments for secure systems and networks

  • Provide support on classified systems, servers and networks. Coordinating efforts with other members of the security team

Candidates with significant experience in several of the following categories will be preferred:

  • Experience with NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, and/or the DSS Risk Management Framework

  • CISSP or similar security credential

  • Implementation of L2 networks, particularly with Cisco, HPE, Aruba, and/or Arista gear

  • Automation and Orchestration: e.g. Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Powershell, Vagrant, Ruby, and/or Python

  • Multiple virtualization platforms: e.g. VMWare vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, and/or OpenStack

  • Deploying and supporting common open source software packages

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong candidates will be self-motivated and ready to engage in lively technical give-and-take.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Expert understanding and strong technical knowledge of and experience with systems administration, backups, operating systems programming languages and associated hardware platforms. Possesses the required knowledge to build, configure, load and restore a system from the ground up. Previous systems administration experience required.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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System Administrator

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