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Research Lab System Administrator
UCSF/Keiser Lab | San Francisco, California
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Job Description

The Systems Administrator will work in the Keiser lab which researches multi-target drug activity at the molecular level. The position helps with analyzing, evaluating, moving, and maintaining the IT cluster architecture without an interruption in service.

The Systems Administrator manages, maintains, administers, and is the first point of responsibility for Keiser Lab’s entire computational hardware, software, and data infrastructure. The lab requires system administration, cluster administration, new hardware purchasing, new system deployment, maintenance of disks that fail, and desktop support for 20 lab members. Keiser Lab is supported by the UCSF Wynton Cluster, with which the lab must interoperate. The work thus requires interacting with a large number of different people and technicians, more complex network configurations, and managing more complex interdependencies of heterogeneous systems.

Opportunities exist for training and work in DevOps capabilities as well. The lab is open to early-career candidates.

Work location: Sandler Center, Mission Bay, but will be working remotely until March 2022 per UCSF guidelines.

Department Description

The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is one of the three research and teaching departments in the School of Pharmacy (SOP) at UCSF. The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at UCSF is pursuing a cutting-edge blend of basic science and clinical medicine to provide outstanding care to those suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. Founded in 1999, the IND is committed to creating therapeutics that will halt diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and dementia resulting from traumatic brain injuries. The IND is poised to make serious contributions to this struggle at the frontier of neuroscience and medicine. The mission of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases is to discover causes and develop cures for these illnesses with an innovative program of basic research and clinical medicine.


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Red Hat training or Linux experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer security best practices and policies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Fortran, Java, Python, or Perl programming languages
  • Working knowledge of level 3 TCP/IP networking technology/hardware
  • Basic knowledge of how to apply technologies and systems to meet business needs
  • Understanding of system performance monitoring and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance
  • Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to meet business needs
  • Demonstrated understanding of how system management actions affect users and dependent/related functions
  • Demonstrated experience writing and editing scripts of moderate complexity used to perform system maintenance and administration
  • Ability to elicit and communicate technical and non-technical information in a clear and concise manner
  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates problem-solving skills. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to write technical documentation in a clear and concise manner
  • General knowledge of other areas of IT

About UCSF/Keiser Lab

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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