Job Opening

System Administrator

Berkeley Seismological Lab

Posted: 07/26/2022

Open Until: 11/24/2022

System Administrator (7304U) #39716**This is a 1-year contract appointment with the possibility of extension and/or conversion to career.**Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 4, 2022 - Open Until Filled Departmental Overview

The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) operates a seismic and geophysical network in northern California, collecting, analyzing, and archiving data for the purposes of earthquake detection and scientific research. The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, in collaboration with other universities and state/federal organizations, operates seismic and geophysical networks that provide earthquake early warnings to federal and state government organizations, emergency response entities, and the public. In particular, the BSL contributes to and supports the West Coast ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System.

This position provides Linux system administration and IT support for the production ShakeAlert platform, as well as for the software development and scientific research efforts at the BSL.



- Operate, monitor, troubleshoot, and maintain computer systems for the
production and distribution of rapid automatic earthquake products in an
on-call, 24/7 operational environment.
- Install, update, and patch operating systems, libraries, and auxiliary
applications in a Linux environment.
- Implement and maintain security measures according to campus and
project practices and guidelines.
- Develop and maintain documentation on procedures related to the
supported systems, software, and operations.


- Support developers and the development environments for projects, such
as ShakeAlert and AQMS.


- Collaborate with internal and external academic, government, and
industrial partners in design, integration, and operation of earthquake
early warning systems.


- Install, update, and operate applications, such as ShakeAlert and AQMS
software, including supporting libraries, utilities, and configurations.
- Manage code builds, run-time configurations, and metadata in a
repository using modern code management tools.
- Support the testing and certification environments for projects, such
as ShakeAlert and AQMS.


- Perform all other duties as assigned, including varied technical
assignments requiring the use of standard scientific principles and

Required Qualifications

- Extensive knowledge of Linux system operations, configuration, and
management (experience with RedHat preferred).
- Experience working within a shell environment and the ability to write
complex scripts (ex. Bash/Python/Perl).
- Hands-on experience maintaining server-class hardware and external
RAID arrays in a data center environment.
- Knowledge of system monitoring (experience with Nagios preferred).
- Knowledge of content management systems (experience with
Ansible/Puppet preferred).
- Knowledge of code revision systems (experience with Git preferred).
- Knowledge of security best practices.
- Work collaboratively with a team that includes remote members.

Preferred Qualifications

- High level of initiative, proactive, self-starter with excellent
interpersonal and presentation skills.
- Work independently on related assignments and projects with only
limited supervision, typically receiving only general instructions.
Exercise discretion and independent judgment to compare and evaluate
various methods, approaches, and resources and decide which will best
accomplish each aspect of such assignments and projects.
- Excellent attention to fine details, writing, and communication skills.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Other Information

**This is a 1-year contract appointment with the possibility of extension and/or conversion to career.**

Conviction History Background

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