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IT Infrastructure Systems Administrator

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The IT Infrastructure Systems Administrator will work to define, develop, implement and support IT solutions for LASP, as well as provide operational support for existing Lab infrastructure and resources. This includes routinely building, deploying, and configuring new hardware/virtual machines and operating system images, as well as assisting with building and supporting the automation and configuration management tools to do such work. As an IT Infrastructure Systems Administrator, you will work on both IT-specific projects with other systems administrators, network engineers, and service desk personnel, as well as directly with lab constituents in understanding their requirements and delivering the most appropriate solutions. The IT Infrastructure Systems Administrator's primary focus is with Linux operating systems and tools to support Linux deployment and automation, but is also, to varying extents, hands-on with IT infrastructure systems involving virtualization technologies such as VMware VCenter, network and block storage appliances such as NetApp, other operating systems such as Windows Server or Solaris, and public cloud provider solutions such as AWS.  

Who We Are

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Configure, update, deploy, automate, and debug Linux operating systems on hardware and virtual-machine platforms.
  • Manage, update, support, and document inventory, provisioning, patch management, and other administrative systems and processes.
  • Employ OS best-practices in current and future environments.
  • Analyze system performance and utilization for future growth and capacity planning.
  • Perform diagnosis and resolution of operating system and datacenter performance issues.
  • Research, design, implement, and document new technologies and processes.
  • Administer and support shared storage (NAS, NFS, CIFS) systems.
  • Interact with our University and Laboratory personnel to coordinate system upgrade and downtime events with end users.
  • Resolve critical issues involving system performance, configuration, service degradation, application downtime and software tool functionality.
  • Work with IT leadership and internal IT consumers to define IT strategy, future requirements and IT roadmap.
  • Actively participate in defining and documenting critical IT processes and standard 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.

Be Statements

Be Effective. Be Supportive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • 2-4 years of Linux system administration experience preferably with RedHat, SUSE or Ubuntu server operating systems.
  • Familiarity with core infrastructure services such as DNS, NTP, LDAP, DHCP.
  • Experience with infrastructure automation practices.
  • Understanding of configuration management processes and technologies (such as Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Salt, etc...). Programmatic mindset.
  • Linux command-line fluency and scripting proficiency.
  • Experience with bare metal systems deployment.
  • Experience in support and maintenance of both hardware and virtual environments supporting Linux.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent time management, organizational and team skills.
  • Exceptional communication skills via phone, email and in-person.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Infrastructure as code and devops mentality.
  • Ansible and/or Salt experience.
  • Familiarity with RedHat, SuSE, and Ubuntu server operating systems. Systems and service API development and integration Experience with infrastructure monitoring and alerting technologies (Nagios, Netdata, Prometheus, etc...). Experience with SAN and NFS storage appliances. Experience with virtualization solutions, including VMware VCenter and ESXi/KVM hypervisors. Experience with security hardening techniques for Linux operating systems. Experience with enterprise security solutions and best-practices, including NIST/CIS/SANS/ISO frameworks. Knowledge of modern development pipeline practices using git/CI/CD. Experience with patch management technologies and solutions (pulp, spacewalk, rhn, custom repo management).
  • Ability to occasionally lift 30 lbs.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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