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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Systems Administrator Associate/Intermediate will support a highly interactive research team in the Center for Statistical Genetics (CSG) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The group is involved in cutting edge genetics research, studying genetic variation in humans, with a focus on understanding how genetic variation contributes to the risk of complex disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, late-onset blindness and psychiatric illness. The group participates in all aspects of the design and analysis of genetic studies, ranging from the development of interactive applications for enrolling and engaging study participants to the development, distribution, and maintenance of free software for the analysis of genetic data. This is an opportunity to work in a challenging and rewarding research area that constantly poses new technical and computational problems.

We are analyzing the largest genetic datasets in the world, totalling petabytes of data and often requiring the deployment of tens of thousands of cores in each analysis. This position will focus on assisting in the support of our highly automated on-premise infrastructure that enables data processing and computation at scale. The successful candidate must have basic familiarity with UNIX systems administration and IP networking, good soft skills, strong initiative, and a passion for learning new tools and technologies.

This position may involve handling sensitive institutional data. Successful candidates must comply with federal, state, and local law, and/or university policies or agreements that require the university to implement specific privacy and security safeguards.



  • Under general supervision, perform routine systems administration and maintenance activities in an Ubuntu Linux-based HPC environment.
  • Assist senior administrative staff with systems, network and infrastructure projects.
  • Monitor and respond to alerts regarding system load, storage utilization, security events and hardware failures.
  • Troubleshoot HPC batch execution and high throughput data transmission problems.
  • Create and maintain documentation for end users and systems administration staff.
  • Keep apprised of contemporary systems administration techniques and technologies and recommend improvements to the environment when appropriate.
  • Work as a team player in collaboration with systems experts, scientists and developers to deploy and support applications and analysis environments.


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physical or life sciences, computer science, engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years experience in systems administration or a related role displaying strong initiative, a drive for continuous improvement and excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient with the UNIX shell and basic Linux systems administration tasks such as OS installation, modifying configuration files, init scripts and crontabs, user account and file rights management, package management and software updates.
  • Basic familiarity with the administration and troubleshooting of common services such as Apache, ISC BIND and DHCP, MySQL, Postfix and NFS.
  • Some knowledge of Ethernet and IP networking concepts such as VLANs, RFC1918 addressing, firewalls and NAT.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to convey technical concepts effectively.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Some knowledge of scripting in bash or a high-level language such as Perl, Python, Go or Ruby.
  • Basic familiarity with revision control using Git/Gitlab/Github.
  • Any knowledge of configuration management tools such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible.
  • Any prior experience with VMware ESXi virtualization.

Additional Information

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff (leader/member) with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community. 


Starting salary will vary depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. This position may be filled at the Associate level ($43,418 to $53,634) or the Intermediate level ($55,000 to $64,762). The requirements listed below reflect the Intermediate level but those with lesser experience are also encouraged to apply.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.