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Senior Research Systems Administrator

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Network/System Administrator
Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

The Research Systems Administrator is a member of Research Services at Boston College. Research Services provides consultation, research support and training to students, faculty and staff in a variety of domains such as statistics and statistical software, scientific computation, computational mathematics, GIS, surveys and quantitative research. Research Services also offers support with coding, databases, web technologies, and administration for research-oriented computing hardware based within departments and institutes.

The role of Research Systems Administrator sets up and maintains websites in WordPress, research and computation-oriented instances on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), teaching/research servers such as RStudio server and Virtual Programming Lab. The Research Systems Administrator provides value-added Linux system administration, with a focus on systems in the departments of Biology and Physics, and writes scripts to automate various system administration processes and to tie instruments to storage and computation. The role helps promote technologies for teaching and research, such as Google Collaboratory and JupyterLab and stays abreast of new technologies and their applications to research and teaching. 

In addition to expected baseline competencies this individual must:
-  Understand the mission and strategic goals of the University
-  Be able to view and understand the implications of the larger picture both within Research Services and the University at large
-  Identify and understand complex challenges, work through the challenges and recommend appropriate solutions
-  Be oriented to innovative approaches to problem solving
-  Must have proven competencies to work in a team environment that aspires to service excellence with strong individual organizational, planning and communication skills

Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following titles and hiring ranges:

Senior Research Systems Administrator - Must have 3 -5 years of experience. Salary up to 112K
Research Systems Administrator - Minimum of 2 years of experience. Salary up to 97K


- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related technical field with three years of Unix systems administration.
- A minimum of two years of experience in an academic or research environment; experience with providing  research support and consulting services.
- In-depth knowledge of Unix systems administration and Unix administration tools. 
- Knowledge of Windows and macOS administration (will be an advantage).
- Expertise with Python and/or shell scripting
- Demonstrated ability to work with researchers, faculty and staff members.
- Experience with cloud platforms. 
- Experience with container technologies, such as Docker is desirable but not required.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.  To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at

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