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UW Genome Sciences
Seattle, WA, United States
28 days ago
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UW Genome Sciences
Seattle, Washington, United States
28 days ago


Req #: 194959
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 11/23/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.  
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Department of Genome Sciences (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine and is comprised of 30 labs addressing leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches taking advantage of genomic information now available for a host of species. GS is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. Genome Sciences is a collaborative department supported by very different academic disciplines. We work with a multitude of Principal Investigators (PIs) in departments both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has gone through significant expansion since its beginning in 2001with annual grant awards of $68.5M in FY21.  The department has 62 training, teaching, and research faculty.

As a Linux System Administrator you’ll provide engineering, administration, and support services as a member of Genome Sciences IT Services (GS-IT) Research Computing Team (RCT).  The successful candidate will join three system administrators and a team manager. RCT supports multiple high performance Linux clusters (8,800+ CPU cores in aggregate), 9PB of NAS/SAN storage from a variety of vendors, numerous large databases (Postgres, MySQL), custom Linux application servers, 1/10/100GbE networking, and large scale backup/archive services.

The Linux System Administrator will support all computational infrastructure for users within the Department of Genome Sciences as well as collaborators/affiliates world-wide. The majority of work will be focused on supporting large-scale, complex, and heterogeneous scientific computing environment.  This work addresses the rapidly evolving technical requirements associated with cutting edge genetic research while also complying with federal information security requirements. An ideal applicant would be curious, focused, able to define and complete projects, able to articulate complicated problems concisely, demonstrate effective troubleshooting skills, and provide secure solutions that scale well.

70 % Engineer solutions to existing complex computing operations issues.  Interface with users to investigate and solve problems, streamline procedures, and communicate results.  Solutions will need to directly address the functional requirements as determined by direct work with faculty, management, and the other members of the GS-IT team.

15% Work independently and as part of a team to design, prototype, and implement new systems and procedures including frequent systems programming using programming languages such as Perl, Python, or Bash.

5% Create concise technical documentation for complex systems.  Documentation will need to be constructed and maintained in a manner that will allow other system administrators to quickly understand the critical components of complex systems design and maintenance.

5% Work directly with faculty to determine functional requirements for labs.  The person will then use systems analysis techniques and procedures to design, specify, and implement systems to meet those needs.

5% Learn and explore new technologies that will add value to GS-IT and the department.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Informatics, or related field. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
  • 2 years’ experience supporting Linux (preferably CentOS/RHEL) in a professional environment.

  • Proficient oral and written communication skills. Collaborates well.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and communicate progress.

  • Experience supporting multiple investigators in a University or non-profit research environment.
  • Familiarity with large scale storage systems.
  • AWS/GCP or other cloud knowledge.
  • Familiarity with configuration management tools like Puppet and Ansible.
  • Experience with monitoring frameworks like Nagios.
  • RHCE certification.
  • Experience writing and maintaining scripts to automate tasks (e.g. Bash, Python, Perl).
  • An ability to see complex IT projects through to successful completion.
  • Solid understanding of information security best practices.

    Applicants who are eager to learn that don’t possess all of above are still encouraged to apply!  This position presents a great opportunity for professional growth.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 60660766
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Company Name: UW Genome Sciences
  • Position Title: Linux System Administrator (Senior Computer Specialist)
  • Industry: Computer Science/Information Technology
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $72,780.00 - $118,272.00 (Yearly Salary)
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