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Systems Administrator
Ref No.: 17-05627
Location: Waukegan, Illinois
Position Type:Contract
Start Date: 06/21/2017
Title: Systems Administrator
Duration: 2 Years
Start: ASAP

Overview :
The Scientific IT and Infrastructure IT groups at our client's Bioresearch Center support a variety of technical computing workloads serving a community of scientists focusing on pharmaceutical R&D. This position offers the opportunity to work in a cross functional team of informatics scientists and IT professionals in building the next generation of technical and HPC computing resources, processes and infrastructure supporting this site. We are looking for an exceptional candidate with deep systems administration knowledge, experience in supporting the life sciences / technical computing field and a focus on delivering flexible infrastructure through modern operational methodologies and technologies including automation and orchestration tools. A successful candidate will be someone who seeks and excels in applying Client approaches to difficult and complex IT problems.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work within a focused team in developing technical computing and HPC strategies and carry out their implementation including hardware, operating system, automation and application software deployments
  • Implement scalable and re-locatable deployment strategies through automation/orchestration, scripting and containerization in both on premises and cloud settings with the goals of applying DevOps methodologies to scientific computing
  • Work directly with researchers and scientists as a member of their team in designing, prototyping/testing, tuning for parallelization, problem analysis and preparing documentation for processing and data acquisition pipelines
  • Respond to user's requests for direct support of application troubleshooting
  • Transfer knowledge and promote new technologies within the user community through one-on-one help sessions and documentation
  • Assist users to install, configure and/or script informatics tools and applications. Help guide their analytical processes through understanding their work and data flows.
  • Provide Linux/UNIX administration

  • BS/MS in Life Sciences and or Computer Science, Bioinformatics or related field
  • Experience working in the Life Sciences field or Pharmaceutical Industry
  • 5 - 8+ years of experience in the planning, deployment and management of Linux systems (RHEL, Ubuntu)
  • 5 - 8+ years of strong scripting or programming experience (Bash, Python, Perl, Ruby, C/ C++, other)
  • Demonstrated experience/knowledge of computational clusters (CPU & GPU), HPC and/or grid computing environments.
  • 5+ years of experience in the implementation, integrating and use of orchestration and automation tools or platforms (Ansible/Salt, Jenkins, Kubernetes, OpenStack etc).
  • 5+ years of experience supporting/developing informatics systems in machine learning, medical or basic science research environments strongly preferred.
  • 5+ years Amazon Web Services experience a plus
  • 5+ years virtualization / VMware experience a plus
  • 5+ years Windows Server administration a plus
  • 10+ Years of Industry experience is REQUIRED (preferably in the Life Sciences/Pharma/Biologics Industry)
Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required:
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate excellent project management and communication skills with a strong demonstration of commitment to customer service
  • Good presentation, training and documentation skills are essential
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic environment and developing flexible solutions to meet evolving requirements
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work requirements with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with scientists, developers, application analysts, managers and IT
  • Strong problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Requires minimal direction from leadership and possesses the ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to successfully negotiate and collaborate with others of different skill sets, backgrounds and levels within and external to the organization
If interested and well qualified, please send an updated resume to
Best Regards,