Office Support Associate
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The Astronomy IT group is looking for a part-time summer intern to assist in the configuration and deployment of new security and monitoring software for our network of computers in the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics. Linux-based software tools will be developed to monitor various services and hardware throughout out enterprise, based on a VM infrastructure. During the summer period, our goal will be to identify tools that will address our needs, deploy a test-bed environment for testing of such tools, and then begin an initial deployment of the end system. The person in this position will also be provided an opportunity to gain other system administration skills, including system software and hardware upgrades, network inventory processes, and simple coding.
The Astronomy IT group oversees all computing needs for the Cahill Center, which includes some 300 people with associated desktop and laptop systems, as well as a data center of some 150 primarily Unix-based servers.
- This position involves essentially software configuration and script development, most of the time spent using a desktop or laptop computer in a standard office environment
- Some work in other offices around Cahill may be necessary to deploy various software tools
- No extensive physical labor is expected.
- The candidate must possess some basic understanding of computer systems and be able to utilize a desktop and/or laptop to accomplish basic software management tasks
- The candidate must have good verbal and writing skills in order to draft rough plans and summarize test results
- Extensive programming skills are not required
- The ideal candidate for this position would have a good working knowledge of the Linux Operating System (any flavor) and be able to install and configure software for such systems
- He/She would also have a familiarity with modern IT security practices and ideas, and the ability to manage and configure virtual machines (VMs)