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Linux Senior Systems Administrator

Job Posting Title:

Linux Senior Systems Administrator


Hiring Department:

Applied Research Laboratories


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Details:


Provide senior level Linux administration support in the Advanced Technology Laboratory (ATL)


  • Under general direction, perform Linux computer systems installation, configuration, administration, maintenance, trouble shooting, and end-user support for servers, workstations, laptops, and virtual machines.

  • Maintain computer systems in accordance with established IT policies and procedures.

  • Assist in deployment and maintenance of engineering/scientific software applications on servers and end-user computer systems.

  • Perform computer systems audits for compliance with established information assurance policies and configuration guidelines.

  • Maintain computer hardware/software inventories.

  • Document computer system configurations.

  • Occasional systems administration support of Mac OSX and Windows systems.

  • Other related computer systems administration functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field.

  • At least five years experience in Linux system administration.

  • Experience with commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures used in maintaining a Linux infrastructure: ¬†RedHat, CentOS or Ubuntu Linux.

  • Experience with shell scripting:¬† Perl, Python, Bash or similar.

  • Experience with database tools and administration:¬† PostgreSQL, MySQL or similar.

  • Experience with networking and host-based computer security monitoring.

  • Candidate will need to obtain a DoD 8570.1 IAT Level II Certification, such as Security+, within 6 months of hire date.

  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, written and oral communication skills.

  • Must have a professional demeanor, be punctual and have the ability to work with little or no supervision.

  • Able to work under pressure and accept supervision.

  • Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

US Citizen: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least eight years experience in Linux system administration.

  • Current DoD 8570.1 IAT Level I or II Certification for Network+ or Security+.

  • Experience with system configuration management tools such as Puppet.

  • Experience with orchestration software such as Kubernetes or Docker.

  • Experience with VMware VSphere virtualization management and practices.

  • Experience with source code management tools such as Subversion or GIT.

  • Knowledge of web programming languages: Java, Javascript, Python, Ruby, PHP.

  • Knowledge of web development content management tools: Django, Alfresco or similar. Knowledge of Windows 10 administration to include Active Directory, SharePoint, and Exchange.

  • Knowledge of Mac OSX.

General Notes

An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the United States, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.

Please mark "yes" on the application question that asks if additional materials are required.  Failure to attach all additional materials listed below may result in a delay in application processing.

Visit our website ( for additional information about Applied Research Laboratories.

UT Austin offers a competitive benefits package that includes:  
·    100% employer-paid basic medical coverage 
·    Retirement contributions  
·    Paid vacation and sick time 
·    Paid holidays 
Please visit our Human Resources (HR) website  to learn more about the total benefits offered.

Salary Range

$75,000 - $100,000+/negotiable depending on qualifications.

Working Conditions

  • Standard office conditions

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Use of manual dexterity

  • Some weekend, evening and holiday work

  • Possible interstate/intrastate travel

  • Concurrent multiple projects under rigid deadlines or time limitations.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]

  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]

  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.