IT Specialist/Linux System Administrator

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

November 07, 2014

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Job Category: 
Job Specialization: 
IT Management
Company Overview: 

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) hosts over a dozen scientists, analysts, post-doctoral fellows and students performing leading edge climate research. The IT Specialist/Linux System Administrator works to build and maintain our state of the art computational and storage infrastructure under the direct supervision of the Lead for Computational Support. At present, we maintain a rack full of Linux servers at the University of Victoria which host hundreds of terabytes of high-resolution spatio-temporal climate data and model output.

Why work at PCIC?

You will be a part of a talented and dedicated team that builds the foundation upon which great research is performed. We offer flexible working hours, good annual leave plus one-week Christmas/New Year University closure, excellent benefits and pension plans. You will have your own office, the freedom to plan your day, and the resources to creatively deploy enterprise-level solutions. The office culture features weekly “recess” (with free snacks) and Friday afternoon outdoor socials (during fair weather). With our offices at UVic, your breaks can easily include a walk on the beach, a hike in the woods, or taking advantage of the many campus amenities.

Job Summary: 


  • Plan, budget and facilitate purchasing of computer hardware. Build Linux servers and OS agnostic desktops. 
  • Administer our research and public-facing servers, minimizing downtime in both cases and plan outages at reasonable times.
  • Actively participate in data management, backup and recovery.
  • Act as PCIC’s liaison to UVic’s UNIX Services Team and various HPC resources (e.g. Compute Canada).
  • Educate staff in systems best-practices


  • Bachelor's degree majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field of study, or a commensurate level of experience.
  • Knowledge of storage management at all levels of the stack (block, volume, file system, network).
  • Knowledge of security best practices.
  • Some knowledge of network administration.


  • Experience administrating Linux systems, preferably Debian.
  • Experience working with NFS and Samba. Experience with ZFS is a plus and extra, extra bonus points for experience with some cluster file system.
  • Experience planning hardware purchasing and budgeting.
  • Experience with data storage, backup and recovery management.
  • Experience with 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 communicate technical concepts to (non-computational) scientific staff.
  • Ability to automate repetitive tasks with high-level scripting languages (bash, Python, perl, ruby, etc).
  • Detail-oriented and the ability to multi-task and prioritize while staying organized.

Extra Bonus

  • 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.

Employment period
This is a continuing position. 

Weekly working hours
Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Part-time option available

Other Information:  Remote work option not available

Pay rate
Salary range: $47,653 - $58,325
Computational Support Grid level: 1

How To Apply: 

Please send your application with a resume and contact information for three professional references, to Mr. James Hiebert, <>, with “ATTN:  IT Specialist/Linux System Administrator” in the subject line. Please indicate whether you are legally able to work in Canada.