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Research System Administrator

Apply now Job no: 532644
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Information Technology, Research/Scientific/Grants, Earth Science, Data Science

Department: Oregon Hazards Lab, Earth Sciences
Rank: Research Scientist
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

October 1, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter clearly stating how you feel you meet the qualifications for this position.

Department Summary

The Department of Earth Sciences is an instructional department within the College of Arts and Sciences that supports significant research activities in a wide range of fields in Earth and Environmental Science. The Department includes approximately 30 faculty (including TTF and NTTF), many of whom have large research grants, 52 graduate students, 90 undergraduate majors, ten researchers, ten postdocs, two classified employees, eight student employees, emeritus faculty, and various visiting professors, courtesy professors, and career and adjunct instructors.

Position Summary

The Oregon Hazards Lab at the University of Oregon, Department of Earth Sciences seeks a skilled IT/System Administrator to support our mission of developing a real-time, multi-hazards monitoring system. Based in Eugene, OR, this position will support IT needs of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN), the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning system, and the Alert Wildfire system which serve to increase public safety and resiliency. The PNSN is a cooperative network operated by the University of Oregon (UO) and the University of Washington (UW). Alert Wildfire is a cooperative network operated by the UO and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). This position will collaborate closely with our partners at UW and UNR.

We seek an individual to work as a member of a research team by supporting the IT needs of real-time seismic and environmental monitoring projects. Under the supervision of Oregon Hazards Lab management, this position will review the cyber security status of remote devices and implement improvements. This person will also assist with data import, device monitoring, remote diagnostics/troubleshooting, and administration of development and production servers at UO.

This position is critical for managing remote data backhaul and assisting with data routing protocols, and cybersecurity audit/planning. We value the capacity to work independently with minimal direct supervision in a highly coordinated fashion within a collegial team.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or closely-related discipline.
• Three years of progressively responsible IT experience including Linux system administration, shell scripting, computer networking, and application support.

Professional Competencies

• Demonstrated ability to learn, research, and apply new solutions.
• Keen attention to detail, organization, documentation, standards, procedures, and controls.
• Understanding of system administration best practices.
• Understanding of, or ability to rapidly build understanding of, SNMP and state-of-health monitoring via systems such as Nagios.
• Understanding of computer networking, including VPNs and private networks.
• Ability to identify and establish new standards for quality, performance, and/or productivity.
• Excellent writing and communication skills; ability to maintain open communication with all internal and external contacts.
• Able to receive and apply feedback in an appropriate manner.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including collaborating, mentoring, and training others, and the ability to work effectively both individually and as a team member.

Preferred Qualifications

• Familiarity with real-time data flow from IoT devices via private networks.
• Familiarity with working in a 24/7 operational organization.
• Familiarity with Ansible.
• Interest in supporting scientific research and advancing public safety.
• Ability to troubleshoot hardware and software for end-user devices and servers.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://clery.uoregon.edu/annual-campus-security-and-fire-safety-report.

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