IT Specialist/Linux System Administrator

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

May 05, 2014

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Job Category: 
Administrative
Job Specialization: 
IT Management
Job
Company Overview: 

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was created to assess climate impacts in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. The goals of the Consortium are to foster collaborative research, to strengthen the capacity to address regional climate change and variability, and to provide the scientific basis for climate policy development. PCIC is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change. Through collaboration with climate researchers and regional stakeholders, PCIC produces knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning. http://www.PacificClimate.org
 

Job Summary: 

PCIC is seeking to hire an IT Specialist/Linux System Administrator, Computational Support.

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was created to assess climate impacts in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. The goals of the Consortium are to foster collaborative research, to strengthen the capacity to address regional climate change and variability, and to provide the scientific basis for climate policy development. PCIC is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change. Through collaboration with climate researchers and regional stakeholders, PCIC produces knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning. http://www.PacificClimate.org

Challenge

The IT Specialist/Linux System Administrator works to build and maintain PCIC’s state of the art computational and storage infrastructure under the direct supervision of the Lead for Computational Support. At present, PCIC maintains a rack of Linux servers at the University of Victoria that host hundreds of terabytes of high-resolution spatio-temporal climate data and model output.

Nature of Work

You will be a part of a talented and dedicated team that builds the computational foundation for the climate services that PCIC provides. You will have the opportunity to deploy enterprise-level solutions, and employ creative and interesting problem-solving for our small and vibrant organization. This position is ideal for an early-career professional who is passionate about research and web service delivery technology. PCIC’s working environment encourages team problem solving and creative solutions.

Accountabilities

  • Work with Computational Support staff and Management to plan, budget and facilitate purchasing of computer hardware.
  • Build servers and desktops.
  • Administer PCIC research and public-facing servers, minimizing downtime in both cases and plan outages at reasonable times.
  • Actively participate in data management, backup and recovery.
  • Educate staff in systems best-practices

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree with a major in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field of study, or a commensurate level of experience.
  • Storage management at all levels of the stack (block, volume, file system, network).
  • Network administration and security best practices
  • Linux system administration, preferably Debian. Experience maintaining complex package dependency trees and the ability to build source packages when necessary.
  • Working knowledge of NFS and Samba. Experience with ZFS and experience with some cluster file system are an asset.

Ability

  • Ability to work with data storage, backup and recovery management at the scale of tens to hundreds of terabytes.
  • Ability to implement remote system health monitoring.
  • Ability to plan, assemble, build and test server and desktop machines.
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with others inside and outside of the organization.
  • Ability to work with vendors to match organizational needs and resources with available products.
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to (non-computational) scientific staff.
  • Ability to automate repetitive tasks with high-level scripting languages.
  • Detail-oriented and the ability to multi-task and prioritize while staying organized.

In addition, extra consideration will be given to candidates who possess:

  • Experience with Drupal CMS.
  • Experience with Apache's httpd and Tomcat.
  • Experience with PostgreSQL.
  • Experience with Infiniband networking on Linux.
  • Experience integrating systems with LDAP directory services.
  • Knowledge of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) backup software.
  • Knowledge of Linux mdraid.
  • Ability to facilitate fair but flexible computational resource sharing.
  • Ability to collaborate on minor Windows desktop administration.

PCIC recognize that potential candidates may not necessarily possess all of the knowledge, experience and abilities listed above but the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate clear potential to quickly develop skills that are required by the position.

 Employment period
This is an long term commitment

Weekly working hours
Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Pay rate
Commensurate with education and experience.

How To Apply: 

Additional information: Address enquiries to James Hiebert @ climate@uvic.ca.

Application: Please send your application with a CV, including three professional references. Address cover letter and application to Mr. James Hiebert, climate@uvic.ca, with “ATTN: IT Specialist/Linux System Administrator” in the subject line. Please indicate whether you are legally able to work in Canada.