Junior Systems Administrator

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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Posted Job Title

Jr. Systems Administrator

Job Profile Title

Systems Administrator B

Job Description Summary

The Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) is seeking a Jr Systems Administrator to respond to requests that are escalated by our support department. This position will also be responsible for configuring, monitoring and, maintaining the LDC computer infrastructure, which is comprised of predominantly Linux servers and workstations. The candidate should be comfortable working with Linux, OSX and, Windows 10. This position will require strong ability to troubleshoot issues across a variety of operating systems.

Job Description

This position will be working between the systems administrator and the support technicians to ensure that issues get resolved in a timely manner. Strong troubleshooting skills in Linux, OSX and, Windows with the ability to work as both part of a small team and independently when required. This position will also coordinate with the Sr Systems Administrator to Deploy, Upgrade, Test and, Maintain services as required by the ongoing research projects. Much of the work in this position will require interaction with the other departments at the LDC as well as external entities.

The position will also work with other employees in the department to provide training to the rest of the organization on best practices, periodic safety refreshers and, pre maintenance briefings.  As such it will be important to explain complex concepts in common language and answer user questions in an interactive format.

Most daily work will be via a ticketing system, tracking of effort allows us examine areas where better service is needed. The ideal candidate should be familiar with task assignment and operation of a ticketing system.



BS/Computer Science and 1 to 2 years of Linux Administration experience, or equivalent education and experience.

Familiarity with MySQL/MariaDB, Apache, FreeNAS/TrueNAS, OpenLDAP, VMWare VCenter, Linux, OSX and, Windows 10

Ability to work both in a small group and independently.


Familiarity with Veeam, Openstack, Postfix, Spamassassin, Dovecot, nginx, Shell Scripting, PERL, Python, Ruby, ZFS, EXT4, iSCSI, NFS.

* Please submit your cover letter when applying. Upload it under the CV/Resume section of your application. ​

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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