Job: Senior DevOps System Administrator Positions @ Northwestern

Chris Syversen christopher.syversen at NORTHWESTERN.EDU
Wed Oct 23 15:45:18 EDT 2013

(This job posting is being sent to multiple lists; please excuse duplicates)

Interested applicants need to apply online via Northwestern University's eRecruit web site, referencing either Job Opening ID #21845 (permanent) or #22043 (3-year term) at:


Two positions are available:

1. Senior DevOps System Administrator -- Permanent Position

2. Senior DevOps System Administrator -- 3-Year Term Position

The job summary below applies to both openings.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies at Northwestern University Library.


Serves as the University Library’s lead DevOps System Administrator under the direct supervision of the Head of Enterprise Systems.  Works and communicates directly with developers, system administrators, and business owners to quickly build new systems, deploy custom code and maintain current infrastructure.  Responsible for installation, configuration, maintenance and support of software, systems and related networking infrastructure on physical and virtual servers in the Library, NU Data Centers and in hosted environments, as well as modify and deploy custom code in cooperation with software developers and others in a team environment. In collaboration with system administrators, perform ongoing support and maintenance for library systems and related applications, including, but not limited to hardware/VM upgrades, networking, CPU, memory, and storage systems, performance tuning, monitoring, alerting and backup systems. Support the management, preservation and access of digital library content; act as team leader on certain projects and functions as technical resource to other developers, system administrators and technical staff in the Library and University.


-- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired; Strong knowledge of operating systems and networking standards.

-- Demonstrated experience in managing physical and virtual server environments with Linux systems, related software, and basic system administration utilities, and networking standards.

-- Demonstrated experience with Linux server administration. Strong skills with command line GNU tools and scripting languages. Experience maintaining web applications such as Apache, and basic database (MySQL or Oracle) administration.

-- Knowledge of group server administration using tools (such as—but not limited to—Puppet or Chef), package management, and monitoring tools such as Hyperic and Nagios.

-- Knowledge of network and application security best practices.

-- Knowledge of application development best practices and ability to support related infrastructure such as continuous integration, monitoring, version control, automated builds, etc.

-- Demonstrated ability to work independently on a project from specification to launch; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; and work with all levels of staff, vendors, and consultants.

-- Demonstrated ability to develop new skills quickly, and to grasp unfamiliar architectures and application designs quickly.

For more information, interested applicants can view the full job description via Northwestern University's eRecruit web site, referencing Job Opening ID #21845 (permanent) or #22043 (3-year term) at:



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