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OSU Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) -- Full-time Systems Engineer

Posted: 04/05/2016
Full Consideration Date: 04/19/2016
Closing Date: 05/03/2016

The Oregon State University Open Source Lab [1] has an immediate opening for a full-time systems administrator. This position is on-site in Corvallis, Oregon, USA and is not available to remote working due to the hands-on mentoring requirements. We're looking for someone to help us support some of the world's most well-known open source projects and to mentor the next generation of DevOps students.

This position is responsible for the design and architecture, deployment, and maintenance of the infrastructure, which includes servers, workstations, and network equipment. The position involves planning for future growth, designing network and system architecture for driving the OSL forward over time, maintaining Linux servers, databases, backups, web sites, code repositories, and other development tools used by our hosted partners.

The applicant will need to be comfortable in a mentoring role because they will oversee the efforts of student developers as they assist with system administration, documentation, and testing.


Ability to teach student employees about new topics, mentor students in a professional and technical capacity, and handle interpersonal conflicts that naturally arise between students.

Proficient with at least one yum-based and one apt-based Linux distribution of the following listed: RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora

Familiar with relational database servers (MySQL or PostgreSQL especially), email administration, DNS, serving dynamic web applications (PHP, python or ruby especially), backups, network setup, performance scaling of websites and troubleshooting.

Effective communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated success in independent problem-solving, self-direction, and the ability to manage multiple tasks.

Must be proficient in using a configuration management system.

Experience using or maintaining any cloud technology (such as Ganeti or OpenStack), hypervisors (KVM) and container technology.

Preferred Qualifications:

In-depth knowledge of open source software development / hosting practices and open source communities.

Self-starter and ability to work in a team environment.

Resourceful, with ability to work with limited resources. Past experience and involvement in one or more open source communities. Work experience in higher education.

For more information or to apply, please visit the job listing [2] on the OSU jobs site. Please look for job posting #P00164CT.

If you have any questions, please email me or contact me on Freenode at Ramereth.

Thank you!

Lance Albertson
Oregon State University | Open Source Lab 

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