Linux Systems Analyst - Research Computing Systems

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Classification:Information Systems Professional 3A
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Information Systems/Technology

Position Summary:

Research Computing Systems (RCS), in the UAF Geophysical Institute, is looking for an experienced Linux Systems Analyst to join our team of research cyberinfrastructure analysts and engineers. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with RCS team members and members of the Alaska Satellite Facility as the day-to-day technical lead maintaining and enhancing a new high performance computing (HPC) cluster with hundreds of nodes, petabytes of rapid access storage, and petabytes of long term storage. We have a very flexible office environment and collaborate with multiple groups throughout the GI and within UA’s Office of Information Technology. This position requires access to the data center on the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. There may be an opportunity to work from home after campus COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, but the successful finalist will be expected to be able to commute on a daily basis to the UAF Geophysical Institute offices. Please note that U.S. citizenship is required for this position.


10Consulting Support: Assist or provide guidance and consulting to users and staff with system questions & issues, including problem diagnosis. Ensure staff are notified in advance of planned system downtime. Alert staff to potential system and user issues observed in performance of duties. Follow and enhance internal change management and project management standards and practices. Provide input, guidance, and review on system and usage policies. Provide direct support as required to other units on campus shared infrastructure. Provide staff support for Linux workstations. Provide consulting for staff and users.Essential
10Documentation: Maintain up-to-date system procedures that can be followed by system, storage and network staff as required. Utilize the ticketing system for documenting system updates / issues.Essential
10Security: Ensure systems are operated, managed, secured, and used in accordance with organizational policies and procedures. Support the System Security Officer and act in their position when they are unavailable. Monitor system security advisories and respond appropriately. Monitor system logs and take appropriate action when anomalies are detected. Perform system security scans, analyze results and correct deficiencies.Essential
10System Upgrades and Modernization: Develop utilities and problem solving tools. Perform analysis and develop / modify software and systems to circumvent problems and enhance access. Develop regression test cases to solve problems, to implement robust systems, and to validate system changes. Support faculty and staff in programming projects as needed. Follow industry hardware and software releases to determine when upgrades are advantageous. Provide procurement support as part of a team. Develop requirements and identify potential recipients for Requests For Proposals. Evaluate proposals and make product recommendations.Essential
10Systems Analysis: Research and develop tools for the collection and analysis of system performance data. Examine, document and report on profiles of system utilization. Monitor system performance and make recommendations for improvements. Develop and utilize capacity planning tools to anticipate future needs and make recommendations concerning future upgrades.Essential
40Maintain Availability and Functionality of Systems: Perform day-to-day system status reviews and troubleshooting; work with vendors as necessary to ensure fully functioning systems. Develop and maintain a baseline of expertise required to support systems and participate in on-call rotation. Maintain technical currency and awareness of technological advances relating HPC and server technologies and operating systems. Participate in scheduled service outages through planning and executing work in the data center. Install, inventory, modify, maintain, test and integrate system hardware and software to provide access to systems and software tools with minimal negative impact to users by making effective use of downtime. Install and update user software as requested by staff. Take a leading role in overall system responsibility of particular system roles or tasks. Provide on call support for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as needed for operational systems.Essential
5Center / Professional Development: Maintain professional security certification as appropriate. Achieve and maintain technical professional certification. Author and present papers / posters at professional conferences. Participate in funding / grant writing activities as appropriate. Represent organization at campus, local, state, national and international meetings.Essential
5Research and Planning: Track industry trends and evaluate and report on new technologies of interest. Work with organization and other units on research and / or implementation of new technologies.Essential


Founded in 1948, the Geophysical Institute is a world-renowned center for the study of geophysics from the sun to the center of the Earth. RCS is a dynamic team of IT professionals developing and maintaining a core set of cyberinfrastructure services for a wide variety of UA research projects, as well as specific systems for researchers. RCS team members work together and independently to ensure UAF researchers have high performing and adaptable network, storage, compute, web, and hosted systems services they can depend on to conduct their research.

*This posting is open to a wide range of experience levels and the successful candidate will be hired into either an ISP3, ISP4, or ISP5 position based on experience, education, and skills.


Ability to analyze and resolve significant problems involving multiple components or conflicting issues.

Ability to identify new services and opportunities for process improvement.

Ability to plan and direct activities / functions for multiple operations, programs or projects.

Ability to interpret and apply complex rules and regulations.

Knowledge of information technologies including hardware and software, network configuration, system administration, database development and administration, data and network security, programming (C, C++, Fortran, etc.) and/or scripting (bash, awk/sed, perl, etc.) skills, and system analysis and integration.

Knowledge of analysis, database administration, security, systems administration, and engineering.

Knowledge of multiple systems and the ability to understand how systems relate to one another.

Knowledge of and ability to combine inter-relationships between disparate problems and formulate situations.

Ability to analyze unusual, non-routine or complex situations and problems and devise alternate strategies for solutions.

Advanced knowledge of a specialized area, for example HPC, large data storage, web architecture, or virtualization and containerization.

Advanced knowledge of managing enterprise level technology.

Ability to understand needs of end users.

Ability to deliver results for the organization.

Ability to extrapolate abstract business problems into a successful targeted architecture benefiting UA.

Ability to guide and mentor peers on tasks related to their areas of expertise.

Ability to make decisions on matters of significance and implement these decisions on behalf of the University.

Knowledge of policies, standards and the computing environment.

Project management skills.

Ability to work in a team environment with developers, testers and analysts.

Effective verbal and technical writing communication skills.

Prioritization and organization skills.

Ability to write and maintain good technical documentation.

Ability to lead a deployment or troubleshooting team.

Ability to work scheduled periods of 24/7 on-call support.

Ability to troubleshoot and deploy computer hardware and software.

Ability to troubleshoot and deploy peripheral hardware systems.

Technical skills to include computer system design and testing.

System administration skills.

Ability to implement or train IT security best practices and methods.

Ability to write shell scripts.

Knowledge and use of multiple computer platforms (i.e. Unix, Windows, MacOS).

U.S. citizenship is required for this position.

Required Education and Experience: 

A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, software development, computer science, or a science research field, or equivalent experience.

3 years experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience in an Information Technology field.

A minimum of 1-3 years of professional Linux Systems Administration experience is required.

U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.


To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. This posting is open to a wide range of experience levels and the successful candidate will be hired into either an ISP3, ISP4, or ISP5 position based on experience, education, and skills.

Please note that U.S. citizenship is required for this position. This position requires access to the data center on the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. There may be an opportunity to work from home after campus COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, but the successful finalist will be expected to be able to commute on a daily basis to the UAF Geophysical Institute offices.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 2/17/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 2/18/2021. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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