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Systems Engineer

Company: Auburn
Location: Auburn
Posted on: May 4, 2024

Job Description:

Position Details

Position Information

Requisition Number

Home Org Name
Admin-Science & Math

Division Name
College of Sciences & Math

Position Title
Systems Engineer

Job Class Code

Appointment Status

Part-time FTE

Limited Term

Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Are you looking for meaningful work that changes lives? Do you enjoy creating innovative solutions and solving unique challenges? If that's you, then welcome to COSAM!

We are seeking a Systems Engineer to be part of a team that provides computing support to the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), supporting the life-changing research work our faculty and students perform.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Design, develop, test, and maintain applications and physical systems.
  • Gather and provide input on functional specifications and requirements.
  • Support client questions/issues regarding applications and/or systems issues and availability, and develop and maintain client documentation.
  • Perform other related technical support for the department or college.

    7 Reasons Why You'll Love Being a Systems Engineer at AUBURN:

    • On-site role in the heart of our beautiful campus working with a supportive team
    • Work/life balance is a priority! No travel is required
    • Careers in Higher Education are reliably stable
    • Competitive retirement plan and benefits
    • Generous leave (including two weeks off during the holidays!)
    • Paid parental leave
    • Tuition waiver for yourself and your dependents

      Auburn was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama's best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years! Learn more about Auburn's impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting

      It's a Lifestyle: The Auburn/Opelika area is a page right out of Southern Living magazine with an idyllic small-town feel, perfecting a unique balance between a close-knit community and driving consistent growth and development. Paralleling the exponential growth of Auburn University, the Auburn/Opelika area boasts services and amenities that cater to any interest. We're proud of our top school systems, city services, award-winning restaurants, and the infectious spirit of life in a college town. You can find us nestled halfway between the beach and the mountains in a lower-cost-of-living area, two hours outside of Atlanta or Birmingham. If you're new to Auburn, we'd love to introduce you. If you're already acquainted with Auburn, we'll keep it simple: it's time to come home!

      Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.

      Essential Functions
      Essential functions include:

      • Installing, updating, and remediating multiuser enterprise server operating systems including Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Windows server.
      • Maintaining storage server systems and technologies including NFS, SMB, Ceph, ZFS, clustered files systems.
      • Managing the operation and maintenance of network switches that service private storage and research networks.
      • Installing physical server, switch, and communications cabling systems into datacenter and research laboratory environments.
      • Installing, updating, and remediating applications and Linux development environments using tools such as Git, GitHub, and Python.
      • Orchestrating server system administrations, application deployment inventory reporting, and vulnerability remediation tasks using tools such as Ansible, AWX, chef, Puppet, PowerShell, Qualys, and PRTG.
      • Developing and deploying generalized OS layouts for servers and research systems using Kickstart and other automated system deployment methods.
      • Maintaining backup infrastructure for server, research instrument control systems, and Linux workstations using Veeam.
      • Monitoring of backup and system messages generated by Linux desktops, clusters, and servers, to identify and document potential security, configuration, and hardware problems.
      • Liaison with manufacturers, vendors, and University services to resolve warranty issues, repairs, maintenance, and returns.
      • Provide assistance to staff, faculty, and students for equipment installation, relocation, and upgrades; this duty will include moderate physical activity involved by equipment setup in office, research labs, and datacenter environments.
      • Contribute to continually improving inventory and system state data through automated report generation.

        Minimum Qualifications

        Minimum Qualifications
        We are posting this position at two levels. The selected candidate will be assigned a level based on education and experience.

        Associate Systems Engineer

        • High School/GED general education plus 8 years of experience
        • Associate's degree plus 4 years of experience
        • Bachelor's degree - no experience required
        • Salary grade range for this level: $45,300 - $72,500
        • Typical starting salaries are between $54,367 - $63,433

          Systems Engineer

          • High School/GED general education plus 11 years of experience
          • Associate's degree plus 7 years of experience
          • Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of experience required
          • Salary grade range for this level: $55,300 - $94,000
          • Typical starting salaries are between $68,200 - $81,100

            Salaries are calculated based on years of experience, education, and certifications.

            Experience should be in the administration and application deployment of distributed computer systems.

            Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

            Minimum Skills and Abilities

            • Since this position will function in a team, good interpersonal communication skills are necessary.
            • You will be exposed to quickly evolving technology, so a strong desire to learn is needed.

              Minimum Technology Skills

              • Demonstrable abilities of interaction with Linux systems at the command line to include knowledge of the general organization of the file system; familiarity with various services and their configuration files; and familiarity with network configuration files and tools.
              • Demonstrable ability to script in shell scripting.

                Minimum License and Certifications

                Desired Qualifications

                Desired Qualifications

                • Familiarity with Linux automation/orchestration tools (Ansible).
                • Five years of experience in multi-user Linux Administration is desired, but not required.

                  Posting Detail Information

                  Salary Range
                  $45,300 - $94,000

                  Job Category
                  Information Systems/Technology

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                  EEO Statement
                  Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

                  AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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