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UT Health Linux Systems Administrator in IT Infrastructures in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Linux Systems Administrator in IT Infrastructures

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Information Technology

UTHealth Administration

Requisition #: 210001GQ

Position Summary:

UTHealth is looking for a Systems Administrator to be a part of the Infrastructure & Virtualization Group team within DCO. This team focuses on messaging, Active Directory, Vmware, load balancing, Linux, DNS, Citrix & other enterprise-level systems in addition to smaller systems and applications. Support for these systems includes design, implementation, support, patching, troubleshooting, and working closely with application owners, peers, and customers to help with performance tuning, troubleshooting and upgrades. You will be responsible for the day-to-day activities related to system stability, reliability, and security.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System. Data Center Operations (DCO) under the direction of the Infrastructure Team at UTHEALTH, operates the university’s primary data centers at UCT and Guhn Rd. DCO also administers standards for other data centers that are a part of the UTHealth campus. DCO is comprised of three main areas: Infrastructure & Virtualization, Infrastructure & Virtualization Group, and Datacenter & Operational Support.

This is a full time position that is classified as exempt. It is eligible for all UTHealth benefits including healthcare coverage and participation in a retiement plan administered by the State of Texas. Your main office will be in the heart of the Texas Medical Center.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Utilizes appropriate procedures and processes necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of organizational servers, data systems, file structures, computer operating systems and computer system software.

  2. Installs, maintains, configures, and upgrades UNIX operating systems to improve the reliability, safety and performance of the system.

  3. Works with Network Security Analyst to ensure security and integrity of computer operating systems and supporting software by detecting hackers and ensuring remote access is encrypted.

  4. Ensures data/media recoverability by implementing a schedule of system backups and database archive operations in conjunction with the Disaster Recovery & Security Analyst.

  5. Performs basic and intermediate level shell and kernel programming and testing.

  6. Conducts studies of projected enhancements in hardware and software and presents recommendations to management.

  7. Conducts performance measurement and evaluation of the servers to ensure Service Level Agreements (SLA) are met.

  8. Implements security and the disaster recovery according to established standards policy and guidelines.

  9. Participates in all phases of total system planning and in the generation of justifications and specifications for facility requirements and enhancements.

  10. Implements system software projects.

  11. Presents technical briefings.

  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


Ability to configure and administer diverse servers and computer operating systems. Familiar with WEB technology, database concepts and networking.


Linux Server Administration: Experience in deploying, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting, maintaining, patching, and securing RHEL or Oracle Linux systems. This includes physical and virtual systems. Also, a good working knowledge of storage sub-systems as related to system configuration and optimization.

Customer Service / Collaboration / Transparency: Customer service, collaboration, and transparency are pillars of the Data Center Operations mindset and critical to the success of our mission.

Client/Server Application support: Backend systems support for client-server applications with a good understanding of the system design lifecycle (SDLC). Proven implementation skills for enterprise level solutions. Experience with SSL cert configuration and management. A basic understanding of networking technologies. Also, a working knowledge of system monitoring tools.

Organizational Skills: Ability to understand project methodology and project management. Use of Microsoft Teams and M365 tools such as Planner.

Communication and Teamwork: Ability to communicate both written or orally to a wide variety of audiences. Must have the ability to think logically in solving problems, as well as implement workable solutions. Must be able to resolve all problems existing and newly discovered to move the project towards completion.

Candidates should have a broad scope of technical capabilities that will enable them to handle all aspects of application management as well as communicate and discuss technical design issues and problem resolution with Application Administrators, other System Administrators, and customers.

Additional skills that would be a plus for this position:

  • DNS

  • Nagios

  • Puppet

  • Networking

  • Tomcat

  • Kickstart

  • Experience with AWS and/or Azure.

  • Scripting/Programming Technologies: Shell Scripting, AWS CloudFormation

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree, training in information technology or related experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

One (1) year of experience in information technology support and systems administration in diverse environments. Preferred experience with the network and server hardware, software and security tools that UTHSC-H has deployed in its information technology infrastructure.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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