University at Albany — Systems Architect

About University at Albany:
Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,900 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State’s capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:
The Systems Architect within Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for designing, maintaining, and developing secure, high-performance research infrastructure. This includes the effective design, provisioning, installation, configuration, operation, and maintenance of ITS’ application and infrastructure systems. S/he/they is integral to the design, build, and operational maintenance of systems to provide secure and robust platforms. S/he/they is responsible for managing and describing current and future-state architecture, facilitation of requirements gathering and design sessions, and working closely with management to develop road maps and strategies that align with organizational goals and standards. The Systems Architect is assigned to one or more service teams that operate under the leadership of a specified ITS service owner.

This position is classified as an essential employee.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a primary resource for the design, implementation, maintenance, and support of the University’s high-performance research computing environment
    • Plan, design, build, implement, and support a growing array of cloud automation tools and services
    • Provide solutions that increase throughput and decrease the operational expense for the deployment and operation of systems
    • Maintain subject matter expertise for systems/technologies by staying current with industry trends, following a professional development plan, and regularly sharing knowledge with ITS stakeholders
  • Provide day-to-day operational ownership for assigned systems including patching, upgrading, configuration management, managing system backups, continuous monitoring, and performance management
    • Proactively communicate with Service Owners for assigned systems.
    • Develop and maintain documentation for the architectural design, build/configuration, and operational procedures for systems assigned
    • Analyze and design systems to meet assigned project and operational requirements
    • Maintain the security posture for assigned systems in accordance with industry best practice and ITS policies and procedures
    • Participate in the development and maintenance of systems standards
  • Act as the point of contact and subject matter expert for assigned applications and systems
  • Participate as a member of the Architectural Review Board
  • Facilitate functional/technical requirements gathering sessions with customers, impact assessment to current state architecture, and design sessions with ITS subject matter experts to meet customer requirements
  • Develop, maintain, and share architectural blueprints, templates, and tools for describing our architecture
  • Develop and maintain short- and long-term technical roadmaps for assigned systems
  • Actively engage in the review/build of complex solutions utilizing new technologies, architectures, or techniques
  • Collaborate with other systems architects to ensure that changes align with architectural norms, industry best practices, and ITS standards
  • Additional Responsibilities
    • Utilize ITS work management and project management tools and processes
    • Actively participate, as needed, in ITS and campus projects
    • Be available to provide scheduled support and consultation outside normal business hours, including occasional evenings, holidays, or weekends, within reasonable professional obligation and expectation

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • At least three years of experience designing, executing, configuring, and troubleshooting high-performance research computing
  • Proven design, planning, and implementation experience with infrastructure components including storage, network, and computing technologies
  • At least five years of experience in systems administration of Linux servers
  • Familiarity with research workload management technologies such as Slurm
  • Applicants must address their ability to work with a culturally diverse population in their application or during the interview.

Preferred Qualifications

  • AWS, Azure, or similar cloud certification
  • PMI Certification or familiarity with project management
  • Experience as a professional Windows systems administrator
  • Experience administering enterprise networking
  • Experience with NetApp storage administration
  • Experience with complex enterprise systems in high availability, high volume environment (in addition to research compute specific systems)
  • Experience with automated deployment and configuration management solutions (Ansible preferred)
  • Experience with Docker and Kubernetes
  • Knowledge of web services, API, REST, and RPC
  • Experience in large-scale cloud architecture, including migrating on-prem application(s) to the cloud or building cloud-native applications
  • Understanding of cloud application design principles (i.e., microservices, 12-factor apps, stateless application meant for cloud, containers, etc.), clusters, and distributed architecture
  • Cloud security background with experience managing privileged data

Additional Information:
Professional Rank and Salary Range: Senior Programmer/Analyst, SL4
Special Notes: Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University’s current campus security policies. The University at Albany’s Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link

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Application Instructions:
Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Names and contact information for three reference

Note: After submitting your resume, the subsequent pages give you instructions for uploading additional documents (i.e. cover letter, etc.).

This posting will remain open until the position is filled.