Linux System Administrator

Connecticut, United States
Thursday, 10 December 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

This position involves managing a mixed, complex and growing informatics environment within the Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation and Neurogenetics (N3). As part of this position, the individual will install, configure, deploy and maintain Linux physical or virtual servers as well as petabyte-scale network attached storage (NAS) systems. Interface with the Yale High Performance Computing systems, plan and deploy hardware upgrades. Involvement in network administration, operating systems administration and infrastructure planning.

Technical support and maintaining existing systems and technical support for lab members.

Essential Duties

  1. Provides technical expertise in resolving user system deficiencies and determines appropriate action.
  2. Provides system services and analyze system performance for stakeholders and intended end users. Performs all activities necessary to activate a new operating system or new release of an existing system, including analysis, design, implementation, and related documentation. Analyzes systems performance and modifies programs to increase the efficiency of the operation. Reinstates integrity of system as quickly as possible following an outage in order to minimize item and data loss.
  3. Recommends and authorizes system upgrades and software installations.
  4. Designs, develops and implements new system tools.
  5. Analyzes execution time of commonly used instruction to identify and replaces those that are inefficient or slow to operation.
  6. Analyzes, evaluates and takes steps to circumvent problems and restores systems to operating condition.
  7. Contributes in the determination of specifications and determines the combination of options needed to tailor an operating system to meet the business needs.
  8. Conducts training and user education.
  9. Researches new technologies, processes, and methodologies.
  10. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in a related field and a minimum of two years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to manage and deploy complex networking and NAS configurations.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Well-developed knowledge of Unix operation systems, utilities, tools and applications with the ability to support production Linux/Unix environments.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proficiency with research software tools with the ability to write scripts in BASH and Python.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to work with the systems Architect to anticipate and develop strategic plans for infrastructure growth and development.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to develop and document complex procedures as well as work independently and as a team member.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Two years of experience supporting production Unix systems.

Weekend Hours Required? Occasional
Evening Hours Required? Occasional

Drug Screen No
Health Screening No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a required health screening and/or TB test.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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