Systems Administrator--Keiser Lab

Job Summary

The Systems Administrator will work in the Keiser lab which researches multi-target drug activity at the molecular level. The position helps with analyzing, evaluating, moving, and maintaining the IT cluster architecture without an interruption in service.

The Systems Administrator manages, maintains, administers, and is the first point of responsibility for Keiser Lab’s entire computational hardware, software, and data infrastructure. The lab requires system administration, cluster administration, new hardware purchasing, new system deployment, maintenance of disks that fail, and desktop support for 20 lab members. Keiser Lab is supported by the UCSF Wynton Cluster, with which the lab must interoperate. The work thus requires interacting with a large number of different people and technicians, more complex network configurations, and managing more complex interdependencies of heterogeneous systems.

Work location: Sandler Center, Mission Bay, but will be working remotely.

Note: The terms and conditions of employment for this position, including rate of pay, benefits, etc. are currently subject to negotiation with the union.


Department Description

The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is one of the three research and teaching departments in the School of Pharmacy (SOP) at UCSF. The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at UCSF is pursuing a cutting-edge blend of basic science and clinical medicine to provide outstanding care to those suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. Founded in 1999, the IND is committed to creating therapeutics that will halt diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and dementia resulting from traumatic brain injuries. The IND is poised to make serious contributions to this struggle at the frontier of neuroscience and medicine. The mission of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases is to discover causes and develop cures for these illnesses with an innovative program of basic research and clinical medicine.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Red Hat Enterprise System Administrator Certification or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer security best practices and policies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Fortran, Java, Python, or Perl programming languages
  • Working knowledge of level 3 TCP/IP networking technology/hardware
  • Basic knowledge of how to apply technologies and systems to meet business needs
  • Understanding of system performance monitoring and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance
  • Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to meet business needs
  • Demonstrated understanding of how system management actions affect users and dependent/related functions
  • Demonstrated experience writing and editing scripts of moderate complexity used to perform system maintenance and administration
  • Ability to elicit and communicate technical and non-technical information in a clear and concise manner
  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates problem-solving skills. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to write technical documentation in a clear and concise manner
  • General knowledge of other areas of IT



  • Red Hat Enterprise System Administrator Certification or equivalent


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