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Systems Administrator III-IV (4969)

Company: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Location: Socorro
Posted on: June 10, 2024

Job Description:

Job DescriptionNational Radio Astronomy Observatory

Position Description: Position SummaryThe National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a diverse and prestigious research facility that plays a vital role in the study of the universe. The Observatory is an exciting and dynamic organization that is pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the universe. Whether you are a scientist, student, or simply someone who is fascinated by the cosmos, the NRAO offers a wealth of opportunities to learn, explore, and discover.At NRAO we are seeking a full time Systems Administrator within the Scientific Information Services division. Under general supervision, this position will support access to, and updates of production services based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform to support current telescope operations, and the design and development of advanced new systems for upcoming next generation instruments. While there will be a focus on computing support for EVLA and VLBA telescope and science operations, the Science Information Services division supports both these and ALMA and GBT science operations equally.The preferred location for the position will be at the Domenici Science Operations Center (DSOC) located in Socorro, New Mexico. Other duty stations and/or a domestic partial tele-work arrangement might also be possible. What You Will be Doing:

  • Installation and Maintenance of key Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers, workstations, and services, including maintenance of kickstart infrastructure and repository subscriptions.
  • Support for Science, Engineering, and Software Development staff and visitors.
  • Maintenance of science-facing applications and servers, including web and container based systems.
  • Development and maintenance of programmatic and declarative automation.
  • Addition to and maintenance of extensive library of documentation, both user facing and system oriented.
  • Performing and/or assisting with hardware and software installation.
  • Investigates, deploys, and/or assists in the deployment of new technology software, and systems upgrades.
  • Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
  • Other duties as assigned.Work EnvironmentWork is mission driven, team oriented and typically performed in an office setting within a research or development environment. Additionally, occasional travel may be required, e.g., visits to other Observatory sites, or conferences.Who You Are:
    • You have a bachelors degree in computer science or a related field, or combination of education and experience.
    • You have four years of systems administration experience with networks and systems comparable to those of the Observatory.Competency Summary
      • Strong knowledge of Linux system administration, data management and general IT processes and best practices.
      • Linux installation, scripting (Bash, Perl, and/or Python preferred),
      • Experience withsystem performance measurement and tuning, High Performance/Throughput systems, and parallel file system storage
      • Familiarity with "Infrastructure as Code", including declarative automation such as Ansible.
      • Attention to detail is critical; excellent documentation, communication, and collaborative skills are required.
      • Highly organizedAdditional Requirement
        • An interest or background in Astronomy is helpful but not required.Total Rewards: The NRAO offers a comprehensive total rewards package for this position, subject to eligibility requirements. We are committed to serving our employees and their families with an extensive and competitive compensation and benefits package that supports our employees overall well-being and career growth.CompensationThe NRAO strives to attract and retain dedicated, highly qualified, competent, and motivated employees by offering competitive compensation and recognition for performance.Factors which may affect starting pay and level may include; education, experience, skills, competencies, other qualifications of the successful candidate, as well as internal equity and labor market conditions.Benefits:NRAOs benefits package addresses the needs of employees and their families with most benefits beginning on the first day of employment. NRAO provides excellent paid time off (13 holidays, annual accrual of up to 24 vacation days and 15 sick days, additional time off for doctor/dentist visits, and 8 weeks of paid parental leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective on the first day of employment. NRAOs retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participants base pay with no required employee contribution; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.Application Instructions: Select the Apply button. Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a cover letter describing interest and suitability for the position.Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.PM20


Keywords: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Albuquerque , Systems Administrator III-IV (4969), IT / Software / Systems , Socorro, New Mexico

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