IT Systems Engineer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
La Serena
Job Announcement Text: 

The IT Systems Engineer will configure and operate IT equipment, and provide onsite and remote support to our users who have critical response time requirements for developing the LSST to enable astronomical research.  You will be required to work independently or as part of a team to and troubleshoot IT systems problems over the phone/onsite or via remote access.  The position may require out of normal office hour duties in support of LSST construction, integration, and commissioning.


  • Develops, deploys, configures, tests, and maintains general services servers (DNS, DHCP, Radius, LDAP/AD systems and other required services.)
  • Defines IT equipment standard configurations and assists in procurement of equipment.
  • Designs and develops DevOps infrastructure deployment/provisioning.
  • Designs and develops IT service and equipment monitoring and reporting tools.
  • Develops and maintains IT configuration management solutions.
  • Develops test automation frameworks in collaboration with rest of the team.
  • Helps tune performance and ensure high availability of IT infrastructure.
  • Creates tools to help teams make the most out of the available infrastructure. 


  • University degree or equivalent in applicable subject. Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Redhat or Equivalent certification.


  • At least 5 years of IT experience in similar positions. Technical proficiencies including, but not limited to:
  • Virtualization technologies, such as Xen, Vmware, KVM, Kubernetes, docker
  • Cloud Computing technology
  • Anti-Virus management
  • Authentication Services
  • VPN systems


  • Experience with Linux servers in virtualized environments.
  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of Linux scripting languages.
  • Experience installing, configuring, and maintaining services such as Bind, Apache, MySQL, nginx.
  • Strong grasp on DevOps concepts and configuration management tools, such as Puppet.
  • Familiarity with load balancing, firewalls.
  • Proficient with network tools such as iptables, Linux IPVS, HAProxy, Cactii, Perfsonar, Solarwinds.
  • Ability to build and monitor services on production servers
  • Knowledge of servers and switches along with basic hardware troubleshooting and replacements.
  • Working knowledge of Windows OS, MacOS strongly desired
  • Basic level of Cybersecurity management
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery planning

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.
  • Must be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle on rough roads in mountainous terrain.
  • Must be willing to support observing systems after normal working hours.
  • Some travel may be necessary in or outside the United States and Chile.
  • For summit positions, include:
  • Cerro Pachon: Ability to work at 8,900’
  • Cerro Tololo: Ability to work at 7,300’
Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 5, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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