Berkeley Lab'sAdvanced Light Source (ALS) is seeking a Staff Systems Administrator. This position is responsible for leading the ALS IT team and managing the ALS computing infrastructure. The Systems Administrator will work closely with ALS operations, computing and controls staff with a high level of autonomy. The ideal candidate will have in-depth technical knowledge of operating systems, networking, security, data center management. As the primary IT representative for the ALS, this position will also collaborate with other divisions on projects of significant scope - potentially affecting IT policy for the greater LBL community.
The ALS is a dynamic national scientific user facility that provides thousands of scientists from around the world access to bright beams of x-rays, infrared, and extreme ultraviolet light for scientific studies and technology development in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project(ALS-U)that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our growing team!
The core values of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which the entire ALS community feels welcomed and valued.
What You Will Do:
Manage ALS computing infrastructure, provide guidance and expert consultation to Linux, network, and security groups.
Act as ALS IT liaison to departments within the IT Division and direct and coordinate projects of complex scope involving network architecture, virtual infrastructure, and storage systems. Plan and coordinate power, computing, and network outages.
Administer ALS Active Directory domain: develop and set domain policy, modify OU structure, create user and computer accounts. Troubleshoot complex AD issues such as authentication problems or domain controller synchronization failures. Coordinate domain controller and domain functional level upgrades.
Maintain and manage virtual infrastructure. Create and administer virtual machines for various functions such as web servers, desktop applications, or virtual control room consoles. Automate routine tasks using a scripting language such as Python or PowerShell. Perform server upgrades and provide architectural improvements.
Maintain Nagios monitoring infrastructure. Develop plugins and scripts to extend capabilities. Provide training to Operations staff on usage.
Stay up to date on the latest technologies and implement where appropriate; use knowledge to recommend and develop new, creative solutions for ALS.
Provide end-user computer support to Operations, Electronics, Physics, and Controls groups
Support accelerator operations: test controls & computer systems during startup and tune periods; provide control room application support; off hours IT support as needed.
Manage desktop and rack-installed computers, including for the Equipment Protection Systems (EPS), Beamline Control Systems (BCS), and ALS Division Administration Office. This includes configuring access control, patch management, custom group policies, and other administrative functions.
Collaborate with other divisions and IT departments on projects, develop best practices regarding IT policy.
Manage ALS server rooms - deal with cooling, electrical, and safety issues associated with data center management. Approve and manage server layout within racks. Hold training sessions for staff as required for access.
Provide expert consultation to beamline scientists on computing projects; stay current on beamline computing needs and issues in order to provide backup for junior systems administrators.
Supervise systems administrator and student(s). Provide growth opportunities and handle escalated issues. Backup as needed during absences.
What is Required:
Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 8 years related experience in IT or equivalent experience.
Demonstrated ability to perform work with a minimum of supervision.
In-depth knowledge of Windows and Linux platforms and knowledge of Mac OS X. Well-versed in cross-platform issues.
Familiarity with VM infrastructure systems such as VMWare, Hyper-V, Proxmox, etc.
Knowledge of enterprise storage systems such as Netapp.
Strong understanding of RAID concepts and RAID levels.
Strong knowledge of TCP/IP and OSI model, related protocols.
Experience with data center management including rack layout, power management and cooling requirements.
Knowledge of computer security principles; defense in depth, common attack vectors and mitigations.
Strong written and interpersonal communication skills; ability to interact positively with a variety of colleagues.
Ability to lift and move equipment associated with desktop and server systems.
Significant knowledge of Microsoft technologies including Windows Server 2012 R2, Active Directory, Hyper-V, Failover Clustering. Experience managing Active Directory domains including GPO development and understanding trust relationships.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in a supervisory role.
Knowledge of Nagios monitoring system, proven ability to write plugins and customize system.
In-depth knowledge of computer hardware including standard Mac/PC components, rack mount server hardware.
Knowledge of control systems, data acquisition and data analysis devices.
Experience performing packet analysis with Wireshark/tcpdump.
Familiarity with EPICS and real time systems.
Previous experience in a 24/7 research environment.
Apple certifications, ACMT and/or ACSP.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on August 19, 2019.
This is a full time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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