Systems Administrator Intermediate / Associate

Michigan, United States
26 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

About the Life Sciences Institute:

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute at the University of Michigan, strategically located as a bridge between the medical campus and the central-campus schools and colleges. Our mission is to advance the understanding of the fundamental processes of life, and to pioneer new ideas to improve human health.


The LSI’s world-class faculty members hold joint appointments at the LSI, where their labs are located, and a variety of schools and colleges across the university. They bring broad and diverse expertise — ranging from cell biology to medicine, from chemistry to structural biology. The institute’s philosophy is to provide our faculty and their teams with superior scientific tools and administrative support, allowing them to spend more time focused on what really matters — their research.


The institute’s administrative staff supports all aspects of unit operations including facilities, IT, human resources, finance, research administration, academic programs, communications and development.  


In addition to faculty labs, the LSI houses several core technology labs that support the research enterprise of the entire university, including a high-throughput screening center (Center for Chemical Genomics), a comprehensive cloning and macromolecular X-ray crystallography facility (Center for Structural Biology), a comprehensive microbial biodiversity, fermentation and metabolite analytics facility (Natural Products Discovery Core) and a state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy facility. The LSI also plays a key role in administering campus-wide programs like the U-M Program in Chemical Biology, Michigan Drug Discovery, and Michigan Life Sciences Fellows.


The LSI is committed to the principle that fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within the institute — and in the next generation of scientific leaders — is inseparable from our commitment to scientific excellence and achievement.


About the Position: The Life Sciences Institute is seeking a Systems Administrator Associate/Intermediate to join its professional staff.  Reporting to the LSI Manager of Information, this individual will work as part of a seven person IT team that provides technology and computational support for faculty, researchers, staff, and students in a heterogeneous computing environment. This position will be primarily responsible for the Microsoft systems, services, and workstations that support data collection, scientific research, and administration. Additional responsibilities are outlined below.



  • Administer, manage, tune, monitor, and deploy workstations running Microsoft Windows for administration, research, and data collection;
  • Automate deployment, software installation, and application of security controls for systems running Microsoft Windows;
  • Ensure application of appropriate patches and security controls for the Windows operating system and installed software applications and services;
  • Administer, maintain, manage, and upgrade servers running Microsoft and 3rd party services;
  • Stay up to date on applicable technologies; and
  • Monitor and resolve trouble tickets.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, or equivalent training and experience;
  • 1 to 2 years of experience managing, maintaining, and supporting Windows and Microsoft services; 
  • 1 to 2 years of experience packaging and deploying software;
  • 1 to 2 years of experience with task automation and power shell;
  • A proven track record in customer service; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience in several of the following areas:

  • Working in research environments;
  • Supporting computer controlled instruments;
  • Supporting heterogeneous server environments, that include Linux and Windows servers;
  • Supporting heterogeneous client environments, that include macOS, Linux, and Windows;
  • Managing and supporting research and analytical applications;
  • Programming and programming concepts;
  • Familiarity with SQL;
  • Large scale storage;
  • Ruby on Rails;
  • IT Security; and
  • Familiar with computing at the University of Michigan.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.  Minimum salary at the Associate level is $50,000.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.