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LII DevOps Engineer, Legal Information Institute - Cornell Law School

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Network/System Administrator
You can help a lot of people. The Legal Information Institute ( at Cornell Law School is the world's leading source for free legal information. Each year, we serve 35 million people from over 240 countries around the world who want to find and understand the law. Our website, established in 1992, was the thirtieth on the Web and we have been a law-and-technology leader ever since.

Our small engineering team builds fast-loading, usable, reliable applications that bring American law to people from all walks of life - lawyers, engineers, construction workers, students, disability advocates, bankers, farmers, and many, many more. We make full use of cutting-edge NLP, machine-learning, and cloud-computing technologies to support our mission.

Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for over 100 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has approximately 40 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

What you will do:

The LII DevOps Engineer is the linchpin of an engineering team that helps more than 30 million people each year find and understand the law for free online. The position serves as the main source of DevOps engineering for the Legal Information Institute (LII), ensuring that the content and software developed by LII reliably reaches its audience. This work is critical to fulfilling the LII's mission of making the law more discoverable and understandable to the public and to maintaining LII's long-standing role as a worldwide leader in Free Access to Law.

Primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Oversee server uptime and security for the LII website, which receives more than 150 million page views.

  • Automate deployment of LII software and content.

  • Research, develop, and support infrastructure for LII software development and related operations.

  • Establish, evaluate, and adapt standard methods for monitoring and performance analysis for LII applications.

  • Implement best practices in securing applications and deployments from intrusion and data loss.

  • Plan and prepare budget for virtual infrastructure capacity.

  • Collaborate with development teams to build server architectures that support applications.

  • Fulfill University technical and reporting requirements for information technology, including information security and PCI compliance.

What we need:

Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years relevant experience or equivalent combination. Experience with:

  • Researching, installing, configuring and maintaining systems using open-source software stacks (Linux, Nginx, Apache, MySQL, scripting languages) and other open software, and Continuous Integration pipelines.

  • Python programming.

  • Administering cloud-based resources using configuration management tools.

  • Configuring and maintaining servers and software pipelines on Amazon Web Services; Solr search engine software running across both internal and external assets; other Java-based standalone software; and web applications running under Tomcat and Jetty.

  • Maintaining legacy server environments and applications.

  • Working on Unix command-line applications and shell scripting.

  • Developing and maintaining an information security program for a high-traffic website.

  • Preparing formal reports to fulfill institutional requirements.

Ability to troubleshoot complex issues, including web server performance issues caused by interactions between multiple software systems. Capable of overseeing uptime and security for a high-traffic website, including web-acceleration and performance tuning techniques. Strong initiative to learn continuously, communicate effectively, and make progress on long-term initiatives, while responding to immediate issues in a timely manner. Successful experience as both an independent and team player is critical.

W'ed prefer experience with:

  • System administration in a high-traffic production environment.

  • High-volume content publishing pipelines.

  • Configuration management tools such as Terraform, Ansible.

  • Container configuration tools such as Docker.

  • Continuous Integration tools such as Jenkins.

  • Customized deployment of monitoring tools such as Nagios.

  • eXist XML database or other XML database.

  • GraphDB or other triplestore

Rewards & Benefits:

  • Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year's Day).

  • Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, follow the link. Benefits at Cornell.

To apply:

  • To be considered, please submit BOTH a cover letter and a resume.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

University Job Title:

Systems Administrator IV



Pay Rate Type:




Contact Name:

Liz Flint

Number of Openings:


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