CIRES/ NOAA SWPC Linux System Administrator

Employer
University of Colorado Boulder
Location
Colorado, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
May 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder invites applications to fill an Associate Scientist position located at the National Weather Service (NWS), Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) - part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). SWPC is the nation’s official source of space weather alerts and warnings. SWPC forecasts and products support a wide range of customers, including power grid operators, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), aviation, satellite operators, and emergency managers.

The data center and enterprise architecture at SWPC include Linux (RHEL), VMWARE, and associated computer and software systems. The reliable operation of these systems is paramount to the Center’s critical role in protecting our nation from space weather impacts. As a system administrator, you will help maintain these systems, support system projects, and planning, aid architectural improvement and help this Center evolve with the needs of our customers.
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

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.

https://cires.colorado.edu/

Space Weather Prediction Center website:

https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Provide end-user support.
  • Assist Linux SA with various clean up duties.
  • Provide VMware support.
  • Perform new builds via PXE boot and Kickstart.
  • Backup the groundstation response team with telemetry acquisition, troubleshooting, and repairs.


What You Should Know

  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • Please note that while the position details the requirements in the "minimum qualifications" and "what you will need" sections, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all the skills and experience from the "what we would like you to have" section to be considered for this position. If you meet the requirements, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.


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 $55,000 - $85,000.
  • 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.


Benefits

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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Be Ambitious. Be Impactful. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree.
  • The candidate will also have 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Candidates must successfully complete the required federal clearance process.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position.


What You Will Need
  • Ability to maintain and configure Linux systems, (RHEL is preferred).
  • Demonstrated proficient knowledge of package/software management.
  • Demonstrated experience working in different terminal shells (examples include Bash, CSH, KShell).
  • New builds in both a physical and (95%) virtual environment.
  • Strong customer service skills with the ability to effectively communicate with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Experience troubleshooting, solving problems, and working solutions.
  • Willingness to learn new things, and participate in cross-collaboration in differing systems.
  • Ability to help in coordination/communication of IT projects to improve technology systems.
  • Some occasional heavy lifting will be required (up to 50 lbs.), as well as the ability to climb ladders.


What We Would Like You To Have
  • Scripting/programming experience (could include: Bash, Python, Perl, C).
  • Understanding of networking technologies (examples include IPv4/6, TCP/IP, Physical Layer).
  • RHEL certifications are a plus.
  • Interest in migrating applications/services to Cloud service providers.
  • Working knowledge of a spectrum analyzer.
  • Past telemetry acquisition experience.
  • Experience or interest in hardening systems for FISMA High data centers.
  • Interest in new roles, like working with a “ground station response team.
  • Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, networking, or other IT field.


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. Be prepared to submit a list of 5 professional references. If you are selected as a finalist, we will contact you through email for this list (2 of whom must be/must have been supervisors) to complete a SkillSurvey on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

This position will remain posted until filled. Applications received by May 21st, 2021 will receive full consideration.

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: David Stone

Posting Contact Email: david.stone@noaa.gov


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