Human Resources

System Administrator, Research Computing

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Department: Information Technology
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Information Technology

Department: Information Technology

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Michigan Technological University’s Information Technology department is seeking applicants for a system administrator focused on research computing infrastructures. Infrastructure will include single and multi-node GPU computer clusters, faculty research desktops, as well as some legacy systems still in production. This critical role will support research computing needs across campus. You will become part of a culture that empowers employees, treats them with respect, and encourages innovation and open communication.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Analyze requirements of researchers and recommend technical solutions.
• Apply standard practices from IT on research systems (e.g., standard backups, storage, configuration management, etc.).
• Implement and document solutions on Windows, Linux, and Mac desktops and servers.
• Perform regular maintenance tasks on Windows, Linux, and Mac desktops and servers.
• Ensure data and system integrity.
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of advances in information technology systems.
• Identify tasks which require automation and automate them.
• Troubleshoot hardware and software problems, both on workstations and servers.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
• Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management of information systems, or a comparable technology-related degree program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which required knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated expertise gained from experience with operating systems including Windows, Linux and / or Mac OS.
• Ability to diagnose technical problems and apply standard solutions.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience compiling and deploying software suites from source in a Linux environment, ideally Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
• Experience with Linux command line and scripting languages including but not limited to BASH, PERL or Python.
• Experience with Revision Control Systems (e.g., Git).
• Experience with Configuration Management tools (e.g., Puppet, Chef, CFEngine, etc).
• Relevant Microsoft, Red Hat, VMware certifications.
• Experience with cloud-based deployments in AWS or similar.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Superb communication and social skills related to complex IT topics.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints. 

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term




Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, No less than $65,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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