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Systems Administrator III (Lunar and Planetary Laboratory)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Network/System Administrator

Posting Number: req17653

Department: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Planetary Image Research Laboratory, at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, is seeking a qualified candidate to help manage the systems, software, applications, and networks for various space-based missions featuring high-resolution multi-spectral imagers. Included is support for image target planning, uplink, downlink, and systematic data processing for the HiRISE instrument presently in orbit around Mars on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), the CaSSIS instrument aboard the ESA's trace Gas Orbiter, the LROC instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, plus other various missions and mission planning concepts.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision
insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid
vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for
the employee and qualified family members; state and optional
retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Independently implements, supports, and administers the configuration security and maintenance of Linux-based processing systems. Oversees the installation, configuration, and maintenance of MacOS and various flavors of Unix/Linux operating system workstations and servers. 
  • Provides key contributions to design, implementation, and assessment of mission networking and security strategies and solutions. Conducts routing hardware and software audits of workstations and servers to ensure compliance with established standards, policies, and configuration guidelines.
  • Takes a leading role in the communication of policies, standards, and processes to team members and other key stakeholders.
  • Research and perform applications update and installs in support of processing and analysis requirements for various projects. Provide standard user assistance when needed and other IT related duties as necessary. 
  • Manage storage arrays, replication backups, and long-term archiving of systems and project datasets.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Ability to communicate with an extremely diverse clientele to provide support and identify and solve problems.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative in researching and implementing solutions in a collaborative manner.
  • Knowledge of DNS and BIND9 configuration files, understanding of DNS network views a plus.
  • Knowledge of and management of networked filesystems in distributed networks.
  • Understanding of systems and networks in a diverse Unix-based environment including virtualized server management.
  • Understanding of both IPv4 and IPv6 networking and routing.
  • Understanding of various Unix and Linux-based operating systems.
  • Understanding and implementation of firewalls, network, and port address translation rules.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with source code control systems such as gitlab.
  • Scripting experience in Bash, TCSH, PERL, and Python.
  • LDAP management experience.
  • Experience managing, backing up, and restoring large RAID systems.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Information Technology

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Systems Admin

Job Function

Information Technology

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Joe Plassmann

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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