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Linux System Administrator

at Argonne National Laboratory

Posted: 3/13/2019
Job Reference #: 7330

Job Description

Requisition Number:


Lemont, IL

Functional Area:

Information Technology


BIS-Business and Information Services

Employment Category:



Level (Grade): PT2





Position Description

As a Linux System Administrator within the Infrastructure and Operations Department at Argonne National Laboratory, you will be part of a team that provides and supports the laboratory's central IT systems and services. Our administrators design, implement, and manage services running on Linux within an ever-changing enterprise environment. In this role, you will leverage automation and configuration management technology to configure operating systems and implement new services. You will work with several internal teams to develop solutions and ensure the overall reliability of IT services for Argonne.
This role combines deep technical expertise, leadership and strategic skills, and a collaborative mindset while working with business and IT leaders across the laboratory. A passion for information technology, problem solving, and a desire to continuously learn are indicators of success in this role.

Position Requirements

Required knowledge, skills and experience with:

Administering, maintaining the Linux operating system and its associated software

Provisioning, management, and orchestration with automation tools such as Salt
Scripting using open source programming languages such as Python and Bash
Understanding of virtualization concepts
Administering web application hosting platforms such as LAMP, JBoss, and Tomcat
Experience developing processes and tools that help provide a more reliable service portfolio
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to collaborate on project teams and across departments
Ability to be a steward of Lab resources
Passion for the mission of the Lab
Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork
Desired but not required:

Experience working with multiple Linux distributions with a focus on Red Hat

Experience with container technologies such as Docker, OpenShift, and Kubernetes
Familiarity with DevOps concepts and practices
Familiarity with relational database management system concepts
Understanding of authentication and authorization technologies such as LDAP, SAML, and Kerberos
Understanding of Enterprise standard methodologies including Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), Solution and Software Development Lifecycles (SDLC), Enterprise Architecture (EA), and ITIL
Experience with hosted cloud service technologies
This role may be hired as a level 2 or 3. The level will be determined by the final candidate’s level of education, experience, and skill.

At a PT2 Level: Bachelor’s and 2+ years or equivalent, some occupations may require graduate degree or equivalent.

At a PT3 Level: Bachelor’s and 4+ years or equivalent, some occupations may require graduate degree and 2+ years or equivalent.
Argonne National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists and engineers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity. Located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, the laboratory works in concert with universities, industry, and other national laboratories on questions and experiments too large for any one institution to do by itself. Through collaborations here and around the world, we strive to discover new ways to develop energy innovations through science, create novel materials molecule-by-molecule, and gain a deeper understanding of our planet, our climate, and the cosmos.
At Argonne, we explore the world together in order to build a better one!
The world’s best and brightest minds come to Argonne—minds that are curious and bursting with new ideas. Minds that have a passion for excellence and innovation. Whether it be for premier research opportunities, a chance to blend work and home life, a diverse community of colleagues or a place where others genuinely care about the planet, Argonne offers something for you. We offer work-life balance, professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. Argonne also offers a comprehensive array of exceptional benefits to meet a variety of needs. In addition to medical, dental, life and disability coverage, you’ll have access to paid time off, a retirement plan with a generous match and a number of other benefits, such as onsite wellness facilities, an on-site child care center and auto and homeowners’ insurance.
At Argonne National Laboratory you will have the opportunity to contribute to and support research that addresses our nation’s challenges and advances the frontiers of science and technology. Our science impacts the world and you can be a part of that! Whatever your role—scientist, engineer, or support staff--there is a path for you here at Argonne.
Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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