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Assistant Systems Administrator

Company: The University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

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Working Title

Assistant Systems Administrator


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About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgias oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The Universitys main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The Universitys enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

College/Unit/Department website

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Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time

Full Time

Work Schedule

Additional Schedule Information

8 am 5 pm Monday-Friday but hours could vary based on research.

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience.

Posting Date


Open until filled


Closing Date

Proposed Starting Date


Special Instructions to Applicants

Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Information

Classification Title

IT Systems Support Paraprofessional/Professional





Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Position Summary

This position will provide support for research computing at the CCRC, including compute clusters, websites providing research services or supporting CCRC research, computers that interface research equipment, and high-performance computing workstations and terminals. This position will primarily support Linux-based research computing facilities at the CCRC, but will provide basic support for Windows or Macintosh systems as time permits. The employee is expected to learn new skills and technologies as needed to solve complex problems in a heterogeneous environment. Some technologies to be used, in no particular order, are: GNU/Linux, database management, web server configuration and management, Proxmox, Docker, Wordpress, Django, Apache HTTP, Nginx, Slurm, Docker Swarm, Docker Registry, BASH, Python, PHP, networking, VPN, DNS, LDAP, NFS, DHCP, filesystem management (especially btrfs and ext4), rsync, ipmi, cluster management, bright cluster manager, PXE, GPUs for non-graphical computing, Git, Postfix, NAT, IPTables, package management (apt, yum, dpkg, etc.), cron.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Proficiency administering multi-user Linux installations without a graphical interface. Basic administration skills - for example, user management and file sharing, for Windows and Macintosh. Basic knowledge of the components of a modern computer, including the ability to replace internal components such as video cards and hard drives. Proficiency in BASH and familiarity with at least one other scripting language (awk, perl, python, etc.). Experience with basic networking, including the setup and maintenance of LANs and firewall rules. Ability and willingness to quickly learn new systems and protocols.

Physical Demands

Lift and carry up to 20 pounds. Sit or stand for long periods time, work at a computer terminal for long periods of time.

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Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?


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Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?


Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)


Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the website.



Configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of software residing on the research computers. Most computers will be running Linux, but there will also be interactions with WIndows and Macintosh. Specific tasks include installation and maintenance of: operating systems; scientific and non-scientific software; resource-monitoring software; configuration management software; and software for interfacing with scientific instrumentation.

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Configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of research computing hardware including computational clusters, servers, storage, networking, and specialized devices, e.g., failover systems. Specific tasks include: installation and configuration of hardware; troubleshooting malfunctioning systems; replacement of failed components; and configuration and maintenance of firmware.

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Receiving and responding to help requests from users of the research computing infrastructure. Specific tasks include: maintenance and monitoring of a ticketing system for managing help requests; instructing users on specialized procedures; troubleshooting malfunctioning software; suggesting solutions to research-related user needs.

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Maintenance of detailed documentation regarding the research computing infrastructure. Required documentation includes: inventories of available hardware and software; configuration details for hardware and software; details of specialized procedures made available to users in the form of HOW-TOs, Tutorials or FAQs.

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Generation of detailed usage reports for critical systems, especially online services and active computing clusters. Maintenance of software used to generate data for the reports.

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Contact Information

Recruitment Contact

Contact Details

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name

Kristie Huff

Recruitment Contact Email

Recruitment Contact Phone

(706) 542-6256

Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References with Contact Information Optional Documents

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