Systems Administrator C / Sr. Systems Administrator - Computing and Educational Technology Services

Systems Administrator C / Sr. Systems Administrator - Computing and Educational Technology Services - Penn Engineering (Hybrid Eligible)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Systems Administrator C / Sr. Systems Administrator - Computing and Educational Technology Services - Penn Engineering (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Systems Administrator C

Job Description Summary
Penn Engineering's world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning.

The Systems Administrator C / Sr in Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS) will maintain IT infrastructure for Penn Engineering.

Job Description

Penn Engineering is seeking a Linux systems administrator to join our IT support team in its responsibility for configuring, installing, and maintaining standalone and clustered Linux systems, and shared storage, with a focus on supporting the University's Innovation in Data Engineering and Science initiative. The ideal candidate understands the importance of timely and proper communications with the faculty, staff, and students who use our services. On-call contact may be required during non-business hours to respond to urgent, high priority, and escalated service issues or outages. This includes the potential for both evening and weekend hours.

Typical days include: planning and implementing strategy around system upgrades, system performance, and security, in response to changing environment and usage patterns, as well as responding to, diagnosing, and resolving automated alerts, customer requests, and problems with machine room facilities.

This position will specify hardware and establish configuration for Linux servers, cloud systems, storage appliances, and Linux HPC clusters. Other duties involve developing new tools and utilities for use across systems, and researching, evaluating, and implementing next-generation technologies to provide new services and/or improve existing services.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the Sr. Systems Administrator will lead multiple server projects, serve as subject matter expert on multiple technologies, and mentor more junior staff; meet directly with faculty and staff to gather requirements, specify hardware, and establish technology configurations; modify and improve change management processes; lead multiple server projects; serve as subject matter expert on multiple technologies; and mentor more junior staff.


A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a related field and at least 2 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong interpersonal and written communication skills. A strong background with Linux systems administration, proven experience with an HPC scheduler, and experience programming with high-level scripting. A grounded understanding of configuration management, version control, virtualization, containerization, high performance storage, and/or cloud services is desirable.

The Sr. Systems Administrator requires a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a related field and at least 4 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working directly with leadership and staff in other departments is desirable. Proven experience with multiple HPC schedulers (preferably Hadoop, SLURM and/or Kubernetes) and experience programming with a compiled language are required. Experience with configuration management and version control required; hands-on experience with at least one of virtualization, containerization, high performance storage, and/or cloud services is desirable.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $109,535.33

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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