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CIRES/ NSIDC Linux System Administrator

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) encourages applications for a full-time Linux System Administrator to join the Technical Services group. As a member of the Technical Services Group, this Professional Research Assistant - Linux System Administrator plays a key role in developing and managing information systems at NSIDC. The candidate will be a member of the system administrator team responsible for maintaining operating system configurations, monitoring tools, data center infrastructure in the Information Technology resources used by the NSIDC. In this role, the ideal candidate will support our critical computing systems and assets. You will help maintain essential IT operations, such as operating systems, security tools, applications, servers, email systems, laptops, desktops, software, and related hardware.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, serves as a national information and referral center in support of snow and ice research. NSIDC is a trusted source of cryospheric data and services and is a leader in research and development within this field.

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Monitor virtualization systems and data storage systems; proactively address or raise issues before service is impacted.
  • Apply knowledge of VMware vSphere/vSAN and related systems to maintain and enhance science data operations.
  • Install and configure new hardware components for operations in an enterprise data center environment.
  • Support performance tuning and recommend performance improvements including troubleshooting and resolving performance problems and issues.
  • Oversee the NSIDC Amazon Web Services environment.

What You Should Know

  • Due to NASA funding restrictions, candidates who have paid or unpaid appointments or positions with Chinese Government organizations, Chinese Government controlled organizations, Chinese-owned companies, or any company incorporated under the laws of the People’s Republic of China are ineligible for hire.
  • This is an on-site position with the option for a hybrid work modality. CIRES and NSIDC are currently supporting a higher degree of work location flexibility due to COVID-19 circumstances.
  • For questions about the job, please contact Doug Young, hiring supervisor, at For questions about the application process, please contact J. Reeves at
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $80,000 - $93,500.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Computer Software Engineering, Computer Engineering Technologies, or related field.
  • 6+ years relevant experience with Linux system administration.
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience with enterprise virtualization, preferably VMWare.

What You Will Need

  • Experience building and administering virtualization technologies VMware, ESXi systems.
  • Experience with AWS platform configuration; deploying and managing environments, provisioning and de-provisioning AWS accounts for internal customers, proactively keep up to date on AWS services and developments.
  • Familiarity with container infrastructure technologies i.e.; Docker, Kubernetes.
  • Relevant experience managing hardware in an enterprise data center.
  • Experience with systems and network monitoring tools, i.e.; Grafana, Prometheus, Nagios, Cacti.
  • Experience providing advanced system administration for Linux, Windows, and OSX.
  • Be able to effectively communicate with staff; software developers, data management operators, user representatives, and office administrators.
  • Experience writing and maintaining code for Puppet, Ansible or similar configuration management tools.
  • Must have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, including resources, priorities, and timelines.
  • Ability to work multi-functionally in a DevOps team environment supporting a variety of users.
  • Customer service orientation toward problem solving and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment as part of the CU Boulder Inclusive Excellence vision.

What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position details both required skills as well as desired skills and experience, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you have a Bachelor’s degree, transferable experience, and passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on the job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Knowledge of local and wide area networks.
  • Experience with Git or similar version control systems.
  • Familiarity with database technologies i.e.MySQL and PostgreSQL.
  • Learn to quickly implement new technologies into our existing infrastructure.
  • Experience working within engineering, high tech, or innovative environments.
  • Possess the interpersonal skills necessary to deal courteously and effectively with a diverse group of individuals and clients.
  • Technical and team problem-solving skills.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 professional references (name, title, professional relationship, email) who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request one letter of recommendation at a later time.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Doug Young

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