Research Engineer Senior

University of Kansas   Lawrence, KS   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on May 6, 2023
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Research Engineer Senior

Institute Information Sciences

Position Overview

The Institute for Information Sciences (I2S) computer infrastructure is extremely diverse, dynamic, and challenging. This position will provide advanced computer hardware, software, and network support for the research needs of the I2S. Independently applies advanced knowledge of scientific research or engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields. Creates, maintains, tests, troubleshoots and/or implements hardware, software and/or data systems solutions used in the support of research. This position will be part of a small technical team of experts, which support: a diverse research community with both advanced hardware and software resources, a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, and a dedicated parallel storage system. In addition, the institute supports three primary computer operating systems (Linux, OSX, and Microsoft Windows). The research and operational networks are equally complex and completely maintained in-house by the I2S staff. These networks are comprised of 1/10/100G-Base TCP/IP running over copper and fiber-optic cable.

Job Description

  • 25% Provide advanced computer hardware/software/network design and system support for the I2S which is a very dynamic, diversified, and advanced academic communications research and development facility.
  • 15% Support end-users (i.e. operational staff, graduate students, and faculty) computer and networking needs through the design, development, specification, installation, configuration, and management of computer hardware/software/networks.
  • 15% Manage the daily operations of the Institute for Information Sciences (I2S) computing and networking facilities. 
  • 15% Consult with I2S members about computer system issues, such as: requirement analysis, computer hardware/software/network system specifications, maintenance, development, support, and cost. 
  • 10% Manage and mentor student system administrators.
  • 10% Evaluate and make recommendations relating to computer software, hardware, and network solutions to researchers.
  • 10% Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. High school diploma/GED with a minimum of 5 years of related professional experience.
  2. Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience with UNIX/Linux, and IP based networks.
  3. Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Working knowledge of TCP/IP, Linux system administration, Apache Web Servers, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP), Microsoft Windows 10/11 system administration, network management tools, network file systems (NFS), large-scale workstation roll-out, shell programming.
  2. Advanced system administration experience with Unix/Linux.
  3. Administration experience on routers and switches.
  4. Administration experience with InfiniBand networks.
  5. Administration experience on Checkpoint firewalls.
  6. Administration experience with High Performance Computing.
  7. Previous experience working with a technical team.

Application review begins Friday, April 21, and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Anticipated Start Date: negotiable, as soon as possible after hire

Advertised Salary Range: Up to 114,673, commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins 21-Apr-2023

Anticipated Start Date 22-May-2023

Primary Campus University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

FTE 1.0

Reg/Temp Regular

FLSA Status Administrative

Employee Class U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Work Schedule Monday-Friday, 8-5 flex time is allowed

Job Family Information Technology-KUL

Conditions of Employment Contingent on Funding

Work Location Assignment On-Site


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