System Administrator - Core Services Team

University of Washington - Genome Sciences
Job Location: 
Seattle, WA
Job Description: 


Engineer solutions to complex computing operations issues
• Applying a high level of proficiency in the theoretical operations of computers and networks and a specialized knowledge of the practical application of the underlying theories the System Administrator will work independently to solve problems, develop systems and document procedures.
• The solutions will need to directly address the functional requirements as determined by direct work with faculty and the other members of the GS-ITS team.

Design, prototype, implement and document new systems and procedures
• To include frequent systems programming using high-level programming languages such as Visual Basic.
• Provide 2nd tier escalation engineering services to less experienced systems administrators.

Create in-depth technical documentation of complex systems
• Documentation will be constructed and maintained in a manner that allows other system administrators to quickly understand the critical components of complex systems design and maintenance.
• Documentation will need to adhere to documentation standards.

Work directly with faculty to determine functional requirements for labs
• The System Administrator will use systems analysis techniques and procedures to design, specify, and implement systems to meet those needs.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women,
minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are encouraged to apply.


• Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Engineering, or related field
• 2+ years’ experience as a systems administrator or systems engineer in a professional setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience with at least two of the following: Windows, Mac, and/or Linux based systems
• Demonstrated professional competence in systems administration or systems engineering.
• Demonstrated ability to see complex IT projects through to successful completion.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

Experience working in an education, research, and/or biotech setting a strong plus.

Condition of Employment:
Variable scheduling may be required in order to respond to emerging needs. Ability to lift and carry 40lbs.

About Our Organization: 

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Genome Sciences (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW SoM) and is comprised of 27 labs addressing leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches taking advantage of genomic information now available for a host of species. GS is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and well-being.

Genome Sciences is a collaborative department supported by very different academic disciplines. We work with a multitude of Program Investigators (PIs) in departments both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has gone through significant expansion since its beginning in 2001 with annual grant awards of $41.5M in FY12. The department has 47 training, teaching, and research faculty.

The Department of Genome Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for a System Administrator. The System Administrator with GS-IT Core Services Team will support a variety of critical IT services for all members of the Department as well affiliated organizations and individuals including The Northwest Genome Center, The Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine, The UW Proteomics Resource, and collaborating researchers worldwide. The Core Services Team provides front-line support and is the primary contact for a wide range of clients in a fast paced and exceptionally varied environment. The GS IT team is a recipient of the UW’s Distinguished Staff Award 2013. For the team, this award represents a commitment to team work, collegiality, and excellent good natured customer service for the clients of GS IT.