The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is seeking a System Engineer. The incumbent will be part of an IT team whose chief objective is to ensure continuous and secure operations of FBRI’s network, systems and delivered services. Will take the lead in implementation of services, data integrity, recover-ability and security of the environment. This will include actively participating in day-to-day monitoring and administration tasks. The incumbent will have ownership and/or participation in various projects as assigned, and the adherence to established equipment inventory and surplus procedures.
Focuses in particular on industry established best-practices and standards to make administration more effective and more efficient. Will be responsible for all facets of System engineering – design, documen-tation, implementation, capacity planning, monitoring, troubleshooting, enforcing standards. Incumbent will support enterprise applications in a scientific research environment. The incumbent will manage IT policies and procedures in collaboration with the Director of IT.
The position provides technical leadership for systems and network security by developing innovative and creative solutions to complex challenges with the goal of advancing the field of data ingestion, stor-age, retrieval, transformation and analysis in support of biomedical research. Performs other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced
• Expert knowledge in enterprise-level server systems configuration and troubleshooting.
• Expert knowledge in enterprise-level storage (SAN / NAS) systems configuration and
• Expert knowledge in enterprise-level network (LAN / WAN) configuration and
• Expert in Linux server systems administration (RHEL, CentOS).
• Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Server products including but not limited to Active
Directory and Exchange / O365.
• Experience developing custom scripts to aid in the administration of tasks.
• Experience developing and deploying software engineering and automation solutions for
an enterprise Linux infrastructure using a variety of tools (e.g., Puppet, Ansible, Git).
• Experience with server virtualization environments, concepts, and tools (VMware
• Experience with log management platforms such as Splunk, Greylog, or other software
utilizing the Elastic Stack.
• Knowledge of open source projects and community.
• Knowledge of systems security, systems hardening, backup and recovery procedures, and
• Experience performing technical evaluations, analysis and troubleshooting for all
supported servers in response to help desk tickets including, server failures, full systems
outages and troubleshooting.
• Evidence of creativity, independence, and high motivation.
• Ability to identify highly complex problems, investigate them, address them, and learn from
• Ability to work independently.
• Excellent documentation, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills; capable of training users in applications
and operating system fundamentals and writing basic documentation.
• Knowledge of underlying protocols of Active Directory and SSO components, including
LDAP, and Kerberos.
• Experience working with sensitive and protected data (FERPA, HIPAA, CUI).
• Experience working with database platforms (SQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL) in a
scientific research environment.
• High Performance Computing (HPC) and cluster experience (Bright Cluster Manager,
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
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