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Systems Engineer

Systems Engineer

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Information Technology

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Under general supervision, the Systems Engineer (SE) is expected to ensure the stability, integrity, and efficient operation of infrastructure systems that supports core organizational functions; and complete routine assignments and/or project tasks. The SE provides operational support for authentication, monitoring, messaging and collaboration systems; servers, storage and data protection systems. S/he is responsible for monitoring, maintaining, supporting, and optimizing all operating systems and infrastructure systems’ performance to identify, resolve and communicate issues. The Systems Engineer implements small-to-medium scale systems. While the work assignments of the SE will typically follow existing solutions, s/he must be able to recognize and respond to complex and non-routine issues and assist with complex assignments.



The Systems Engineer reports to the Systems Engineering Manager.


May perform some or all of the following responsibilities:

  • Fulfill day-to-day operational tasks associated with maintaining infrastructure systems.
  • Serve as technical lead or as team member for moderately complex projects to provide new or improved infrastructure services.
  • Install/build, configure, administer, and decommission infrastructure systems, including upgrades, patches and migrations.
  • Provide 24/7 on-call support for mission critical infrastructure systems on a rotating basis.
  • Create, modify, and delete user accounts using the Account Management System.
  • Provide Tier 2 Support of infrastructure systems.
  • Monitor and report on infrastructure systems’ usage, capacity and availability. Set appropriate monitoring and alerting levels for infrastructure systems.
  • Respond to incidents and service outages to restore service interruptions in a timely manner. Fulfill service requests in the most supportable and expedient way.
  • Monitor and tune infrastructure systems for optimal performance.
  • Control and limit infrastructure systems’ access in compliance with security policies and best practices to maintain system integrity.
  • Create and maintain current and accurate technical documentation and diagrams.
  • Develop and nurture relationships and collaborate with other members of IT staff and end users to resolve technical challenges.
  • Participate in hardware / software evaluations for infrastructure systems.
  • Participate in Design Reviews to ensure reasonable and supportable solutions.
  • Follow and offer improvements for departmental processes such as change management, incident management, and problem management.
  • Perform assigned tasks to improve processes, meet departmental goals.
  • Analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve infrastructure systems’ issues.
  • Identify opportunities and suggest methods to improve operational efficiencies.
  • Eliminate manual routine tasks via configuration management and automation tools.
  • Create and lead system and disaster recovery tests.
  • Identify and train in technical area(s) to develop expertise.
  • Mentor entry level staff.
  • Perform moderately complex planned maintenance after-hours/weekends as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Professional Skills

  • Ability to effectively prioritize work, juggling daily support responsibilities with project driven tasks.
  • Ability to analyze and provide creative solutions for technical problems of moderate complexity.
  • Ability to interact successfully and communicate clearly. Able to exercise a high degree of discretion and judgment.
  • Pursue continued professional and technical education and training.
  • Ability to work and collaborate in a complex and dynamic environment.
  • Promote a positive and safe work environment.
  • Strong work ethic, self-directed, and resourceful.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in Computer Science, Engineering or related field desired; or equivalent work experience.
  • Five plus years of system administrator or engineer experience in an enterprise with increasing responsibilities. 
  • Five plus years of experience supporting server operating systems.
  • Two plus years of experience building and supporting virtual servers. 
  • Advanced skills with server operations systems, such as Microsoft Server, CentOS, Open SUSE, RHEL or SLES.
  • Expert skills administering Microsoft Active Directory and WINS; experience of multiple OSes authenticating to AD.
  • Experience using Python or PowerShell programming for system administration.
  • Advanced skills with reviewing and using logs.
  • Intermediate technical knowledge of current software protocols, and Internet standards, including DHCP, DNS, LDAP, NTP, SMTP, SNMP, and SSH.
  • Strong multi-faceted, analytical troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • Working technical knowledge of storage and storage protocols (iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS).
  • Working technical knowledge of various RAID configurations and their trade-offs.
  • Working technical knowledge of one or more Data Protection solutions. 
  • Reliable contributor both individually and as a team member.
  • Strong presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Competent use of desktop applications.


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