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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
qualitative research. Research Services also offers support with coding,
databases, web technologies, and administration for research-oriented computing
hardware based within departments and institutes.

Provides primarily Linux
server administration and some Windows server administration. The role sets up
and manages physical and virtual systems for research and teaching for the
needs of academic departments, research labs, the Boston College's Research
Core Facilities (cutting-edge shared resources that offer services in multiple
domains including high-end instrumentation and education), and/or the Institute
for Scientific Research (the largest sponsored research center at Boston
College specializing in space physics, space chemistry, solar-terrestrial
research, space weather, and astrophysical studies).

Administers specialized
teaching and research software such as MestreNova,
Scilligence ELN, and CPRLocal, used by Research Core
Facilities and the wider research community at Boston College. The role employs
scripting to automate various system administration processes and to tie
instruments to storage and computation.

This individual design,
implements and maintains research- and computation-oriented solutions involving
virtualization and containerization on BC's HPC Linux cluster and on cloud
services such as AWS and GCP. The role sets up and maintains
computation-oriented instances on AWS and GCP.Helps promote technologies
for teaching and research, and stays abreast of emerging trends and solutions.

* Provides Linux server and some Windows server
administration services
* Sets up and maintains virtual machines and
containerized research/teaching applications both on BC's HPC Linux
cluster and on cloud services such as AWS and GCP
* Sets up and maintains cloud instances on AWS and GCP,
and servers for research and teaching
* Employs scripting to automate system administration
tasks and processes
* Works with faculty and researchers to understand their
current and future needs, and develops solutions to address them
* Installs and manages specialized teaching and research
* Explores and promotes technologies that facilitate
teaching and research
* Develops and delivers training on topics related to
research and teaching technologies, scripting and automation
* Acts as a liaison between researchers and other
functional areas within the department
* Commitment to continuous learning and skill development

In addition to expected baseline competencies this individual must:
* Understand the mission and strategic goals of the
* 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

Two positions are available and will be hired at
one of the following levels, depending on their experience:

Senior Research Systems
Administrator: Minimum five years of
relevant system administration experience. Minimum three years of experience in
an academic/research environment. Minimum one year of experience with
virtualization, containerization and cloud platforms. Salary range: 97k - 112k

Research Systems Administrator: Minimum three years of relevant system administration experience. Minimum of one-year experience in an academic/research
environment. Salary range: 90k - 97k

* Bachelor's degree
* Hands-on experience with setting up and managing Linux
and Windows physical and virtual servers
* Experience in an academic/research environment
* Ability to script (for example, to automate system
administration tasks and processes, tie instruments to storage and
* Willingness to learn and adapt to changing needs and
scope of work
* Knowledge and experience with container technology
and/or cloud platforms; experience with code-to-infrastructure systems is
an advantage
* Experience with HPC systems administration is an
* Experience with database administration is an advantage
* Ability to work with faculty and researchers to address
their research technology needs
* Oriented to innovative approaches to problem solving
* Excellent verbal, written (including documenting code)
and interpersonal communications skills to include presentation skills and
the ability to influence others

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-Sponsored403bRetirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sickand Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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