[wplug-jobs] 3950 - Linux Systems Architect (MTS D)

Darren Garlock dag at sei.cmu.edu
Tue Jul 8 10:26:45 EDT 2008

The individual in this position will work as a member of the IT staff in the CERT Infrastructure Group.  The primary responsibility of this position is the design, integration and administration of systems hosting various information services in a mixed UNIX/Linux environment. Desirable candidates will have:

*Experience integrating, implementing and maintaining production Linux-based IT services
*Working knowledge of system administration scripting languages (PERL, php, Bourne shell)
*History participating in the entire lifecycle (planning, deployment, maintenance) of critical IT services


Education/Training:  BS in Computer Science, Information Science, Information Technology with three years experience; MS in Computer Science, Information Science, or Information Technology with one year experience; or PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, Information Technology.

Candidates with a degree in other technical fields (e.g., engineering) and years of relevant experience as described above will be considered as well.

Experience:  Candidate must have experience in the deployment and on-going maintenance of  Linux and other UNIX-based systems hosting database and web services in a mixed UNIX/Linux environment, a basic understanding of TCP/IP protocols, script writing and maintenance skills (e.g., Bourne shell, PERL, PHP), administrative familiarity with open-source technologies (e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Apache).

Skills/Abilities: Candidate should be capable of maintaining and deploying open source software written in C, C++, Perl, et cetera with little to no technical oversight. Demonstrable skill at building software from source for medium- to large-scale production deployment in the RPM (RedHat Package Manger) format is required. Temperament to work in support of database administrators, software developers, and researchers is required to perform well in this role.

Mobility:  Some business travel required. Computer hardware installation and configuration required on a regular basis, sometimes involving transport of heavy objects (typically under 100 lbs.) short distances, use of hand tools, et cetera. Carrying of light objects (< 20 lbs.) for longer distances (intra-campus; 2-3 city blocks) may also be required. May have to travel to other campus locations.

Environmental Conditions:  Close contact with CRT for extended periods; periodic work in a computer machine room environment.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; ability to prioritize tasks; strong learning capability; ability to interact effectively with others of varying technical competency, vendors, managers, and other technical research staff; ability to work effectively with all levels of staff within the SEI and Carnegie Mellon. Good technical problem-solving skills. Strong information organization skills as well as good oral and written communication skills are required.

Other: Evening/weekend hours may be required in order to perform service outside of normal operating hours. There is a rotating on-call component to this position - average call volume is very light, about 2-3 calls/week. Candidate must be able to respond to outage events in the main facility in Pittsburgh, PA (Oakland) in a reasonable time (e.g. within ~30 minutes).

Candidate must be able to pass a background investigation, be eligible to obtain a United States DOD Secret clearance, and must be a U.S. citizen.


(1) Participates in the design/evolution/operation of multiple IT services.  Drafts documents to describe the proper configuration/use of such services from an IT perspective when necessary.

(2) Coordinates with the CERT Infrastructure Group and other parts of SEI IT to ensure that the IT needs of CERT are well-understood and accommodated in cases where the scope is larger than this position (e.g., networking issues).

(3) Packages software for use in the CERT Infrastructure.

(4) Supports other CERT Infrastructure production services.

(5) Contributes to the overall CERT Infrastructure Group strategy.

(6) Training and professional development.

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