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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 740533
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 13
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Al Dean Administration 40000794
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: 65000.00 - 75000.00 Salary Commensurate
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

This is a full-time position on MSU's East Lansing campus. 

The systems administrator will focus on supporting and improving the research technology infrastructure used by the MESH research team at Michigan State University. Primary responsibilities for this position will focus on the Humanities Commons’ AWS-based architecture, as well as maintaining the security and stability of the data and systems it contains. Additionally, the systems administrator will provide expertise for the other technical systems supporting the mission and work of MESH Research and other research & technology infrastructure in the College of Arts and Letters. The sysadmin will be part of a team committed to best practices in open-source software development and will ensure thorough testing and code review, as well as clear documentation. The sysadmin will also be responsible for tracking and resolving user and developer issues, ensuring that the platform’s scale appropriately, and optimizing hosting and data transfer expenses. The systems administrator will network with others on the MESH Research team, as well as with IT professionals more broadly at MSU and beyond.  

This role will be ideal for a systems administrator interested in connecting to and understanding the enterprise systems being deployed by MSU as a whole while being in a position where experimentation and implementation are not only desired but encouraged. Our projects will provide the opportunity for creativity and innovation that may not be possible on a centrally located sys admin/cloud computing team.

The successful candidate for this position will have strong interpersonal skills and intellectual curiosity and will be able to work both independently and collaboratively with internal and external team members. 

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) promotes an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members to achieve excellence. We are interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. We seek candidates with integrity and a strong work ethic, who possess an understanding of what it takes to continuously improve and maintain research projects within a major academic research institution.  

We particularly welcome applications from women, people of color, LGBTQI individuals, and others who are traditionally underrepresented in the academy.  





Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business or related information technology field, with coursework in an information technology specialization related to the area of employment; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in an information technology area related to the duties to be performed; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience with the skillset below. However, we invite you to apply even if you have not currently mastered all of the skills listed. We seek someone with the ability to collaborate and to expand their technical skill set in creative ways; we’re happy to discuss whether you have the skills we need for this role. 
  • AWS-based systems in a production environment, including the provision and support of EC2, ALB, RDS, EBS, EFS, ECS, S3, Redis, Elasticsearch, and more 

  • Operating system and LAMP/LEMP stack implementations, package installations, configurations, updates, and patches 

  • IAM user, group, role, and policy management 

  • Security management, including VPN management, network routing, Security Group modifications, WAF, MFA, and access configuration  

  • IP and DNS (Route 53) management; SSL certificate management 

  • Production Docker deployments and management. 

  • Backups and disaster recovery design and management 

  • Troubleshooting, including performance monitoring, service monitoring, log management, and security, stability, and accessibility issues 

  • Cost management and optimization through auto-scaling, auto-shutdown/startup 

Desired Qualifications

Further experience with the following is highly desirable: 


  • PHP/MySQL development  

  • WordPress administration and/or development 

  • Working in a higher education setting OR Experience working in federated IT environment in Higher Education 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit: 

a)  a cover letter, including a statement describing your alignment with project goals 

b)  a current curriculum vitae or résumé 

c)  links to examples of prior development work 

d)   email addresses of 3 potential references.  

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Work Hours


Description of End Date

This is an off dated position funded for 24 months with possible extension.

The Bidding Eligibility ends on 11/02/2021 at 11:55 PM

Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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