Systems Administrator

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Nov 30, 2019
Annapolis, MD

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis MD, seeks a Systems Administrator (SA) to provide support for all computing resources at the center. The Systems Administrator will work with SESYNC’s Cyberinfrastructure (CI) staff and researchers to assist them in deploying technology to support the mission of the center. The SESYNC Systems Administrator will work with other CI staff to maintain the center’s IT infrastructure, research and administrative workstations, and network. Candidates must demonstrate a willingness to learn new technologies. 

Duties to include: 

  • Experience with supporting Linux production and research services in support of large community of researchers 
  • Work to design, deploy, optimize, and operate the technologies associated with Linux/Unix and/or Windows based servers and workstations
  • Provide operational support for Slurm cluster and assistance to end users to troubleshoot and optimize use of the resource
  • Work in conjunction with SESYNC cyber and data science team members to provide dedicated system administrator support for in-house and remote cyberinfrastructure and long-term projects at the Center. 



SESYNC is dedicated to solving complex environmental problems by bringing together social, natural and computational scientists to study the interactions between human and ecological systems. The computational requirements for conducting this research present many opportunities and challenges. Over the past six years we have supported researchers engaged in activities such as mapping and analyzing a billion-point dataset and integrating data from millions of demographic surveys with biophysical data. We support about a dozen on-site researchers and 50 off-site teams. All CI staff are encouraged to investigate new technologies they think may be useful or interesting in contributing to SESYNC’s mission. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience. 




  • B.S or B.A Degree required
  • 1 year of Unix/Linux system administrator experience including installation, patching, 
  • configuration, and troubleshooting. 
  • Experience working in a managed environment (Microsoft Active Directory, Red Hat Identity Management, etc.) with automated deployments (Microsoft SCCM, Red Hat Satellite, Foreman, etc.)
  • Expertise in configuration management languages (PowerShell, Puppet, Chef, etc.) and scripting/automation languages (Bash, Python, Perl, etc.)
  • Experience managing open source database (MySQL/PostgreSQL) services and web based applications (GitLab, Redmine, Nextcloud, etc.) that rely on these services.
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex problems in computer networks, computer hardware, and computer operating system configuration and operation. 
  • Ability and desire to work well with a wide variety of end-users with differing needs and experience. Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently and multi-task effectively. 
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills and a willingness to work in a team environment


  • Experience with research services such as Jupyter Lab, Rstudio, or Shiny.
  • Experience in supporting application containers and services (Tomcat, Glassfish, J-Boss, Ruby on Rails, etc.)
  • Familiarity with virtualization technologies such as VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, or Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.
  • Experience in managing Microsoft systems and services such as Active Directory, Skype for Business Server, Systems Center.
  • Experience with network infrastructure and applications including virtual private networks, WiFi access points, and voice over IP.

How to Apply: 

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references as a single PDF using the link below:

Evaluation of applications will begin October 14, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.  The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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