IT Specialist (SYSADMIN)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

IT Specialist (SYSADMIN)
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

This is the position of IT Specialist (Systems Administration) in the High Energy Division (HEAD) of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will perform all aspects of computer system management of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) Unix workstation network of HEAD. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Acting as principle backup administrator of the HEA/CXC computer network.
  • Managing all hardware and software associated with the backup infrastructure which includes managing the Unix servers.
  • The employee will be assigned primary responsibilities in the areas of data backup, restoration, management of tape libraries and associated software and hardware.
  • Regular and periodic backups of HEA/CXC data volumes, proper labelling and storage of backup tapes as per HEA/CXC policies.
  • Restoration of data from backup tapes, periodic and regular reporting of backup activities are part of the responsibilities.
  • Writing utilities; to effectively manage or to effective management
  • Provide helpdesk support to the users of the HEA/CXC network which would include help with both software and hardware issues of the user community.

We will only accept applications on line for this position.  For additional information and online application procedures, please visit

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workplace.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 10, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, May 10, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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