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Job Summary

The University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is hiring a Research Storage Engineer to join a diverse team of professionals dedicated to successful research. You will report to the manager of Research Computing Services in the Technology Services department. Salary Range - $70,000-$80,000

"At LSA, we wonder. We wonder why we are here. We ask how the universe works, and how we organize societies. We all wonder—but the great professors and students use curiosity as a catalyst to find answers to the biggest questions. Wonder begins with a simple "why" and leads to discovery that advances science and society while shaping our world for the better." -

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers comprehensive benefits to help you stay well and to support you as you plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

While you will primarily work from our central campus in Ann Arbor, LSA offers flexible work options. You will be able to work with your manager to select one to two days a week to work from home. To support work-life balance, LSA has an email policy that limits non-essential emails to weekday business hours.



You will join us in a new role to help set direction for research storage and to implement that strategy. You will work with colleagues in LSA, central University storage teams, third-party storage solution providers and researchers to meet the growing demand for research storage across different disciplines. You will become the go-to consultant to LSA Technology Services colleagues on storage solutions for research.

Initially you will be involved in our research storage migration project to migrate about 2.2PB of data to our preferred storage solution. You will build your knowledge of our existing storage practices and providers and coordinate two centralized storage teams around requirements, capacity, and consultation needs. Our researchers use a multi-protocol solution (NFS v4 and CIFS) for better accessibility. You will meet with researchers to determine storage requirements including size, speed, security, accessibility, and availability. You would then work with colleagues to determine the best solution. You will propose new solutions and new approaches. You will work with active research data, sensitive data, public repositories for data access, archival data, database storage solutions, data protection agreements and backup solutions.

You will solve storage issues including speed, latency, accessibility, and availability issues. You will lead problem resolution efforts with your colleagues and service providers.

Your peers will have your back as you present your solutions for knowledge sharing and feedback. You will have dedicated time to updating your knowledge and focusing on your own professional development.


You have a foundation of experiences and skills in building storage solutions. You have knowledge of NFS and CIFS protocols and Linux operating systems. Experience with Windows and Mac operating systems will be helpful. An understanding of networking principles will be important since most of our storage solutions are centralized and will traverse several networks.

You'll work with people from many different cultures and backgrounds, some more technical than others, and each requiring you to develop relationships. You could provide even more value to our team by having experience with research activities, high performance computing, Dell EMC Isilon storage systems, cloud storage offerings, and scripting and programming. However, if these are not already in your wheelhouse, you can consider each of them to be growth opportunities once you join our team.

You might have a Computer Science degree. You might not. That's not what we're looking for. We care about what you can do and how you do it, not about how you got here. A record of conscientious, thoughtful work speaks volumes.

Required Qualifications*

  • At least 1 year of experience working in a large computing environment
  • At least 1 year of experience setting up and troubleshooting CIFS or NFS v4
  • At least 1 year of experience managing Active Directory groups and users
  • At least 1 year of experience managing Linux groups and users

Desired Qualifications*

  • Comfort with Mac, Windows and Linux environments
  • Experience working directly with faculty in a research lab setting
  • At least 1 year of experience working with Dell EMC Isilon storage systems
  • At least 1 year of experience managing a tape backup solution
  • Any experience working with sensitive or controlled data types

Additional Information

We will not work you to tears, burn you out, or make you choose between work and important family events. Our goal is for you to maintain a healthy relationship between life and work. Most of our team works 8 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Our team does not typically work late, work weekends, or have to come in early. Your work will be predictable and adjustable. The University of Michigan also offers tuition reimbursement, vacation, sick, and parental leave benefits including up to six weeks of paid parental leave to all eligible parents and legal guardians to bond with a new child. (


The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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