Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$120,000 - $145,000 /year
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day

#122566 Principal Systems Administrator

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/2/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UC San Diego Policy will not allow this position to receive work visa sponsorship.

Fully remote or Hybrid work will be considered.


UC San Diego is ranked the 9th best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is the largest employer based in San Diego County. Reporting to the VC-CFO, Information Technology Services (ITS) delivers Enterprise information technology services to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) under the leadership of the campus Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Information Technology Services (IT Services) uses world-class services and technologies to empower UC San Diego's mission to transform California and the world as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. As a strategic member of the UC San Diego community, IT Services embraces innovation in their delivery of IT services, infrastructure, applications, and support. IT Services is customer-focused and committed to collaboration, continuous improvement, and accountability.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and within Information Technology Services. Crafting a culture around these values allows us to more deeply connect with and appreciate our employees, students, and campus partners. Information Technology Services is continuously working to build a community where we all feel safe, empowered, and encouraged to bring our authentic selves to work. We do this not only because it is what’s right, but because we know that diversity drives insight and innovation. We are proud to partner closely UC San Diego’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as their dedication to this mission helps us all to drive change.

We are seeking an experienced and motivated Advanced Kubernetes Architect to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of Kubernetes and its underlying technologies, as well as experience designing and implementing large-scale Kubernetes deployments, cloud, and on-premises technologies.


  • Design, implement, and manage robust and scalable Kubernetes clusters.Provide expert guidance on best practices for deploying, scaling, and managing Kubernetes in production.
  • Collaborate with development teams to ensure smooth deployment and operation of micro-services and applications.Troubleshoot and resolve complex issues related to Kubernetes and its underlying infrastructure.
  • Continuously monitor and improve the performance of Kubernetes clusters.
  • Stay up to date with the latest developments in Kubernetes and related technologies.
  • Integrate micro-services with cloud and on-premises services.
  • Design and build native cloud architecture.
  • Manage large, on-premises vCenter environment.
  • Integrate micro-services with cloud and on-premises services.
  • Stay up to date with the latest developments in Kubernetes and related technologies.


  • Five (5+) years of advanced experience with Kubernetes and its components, managing Kubernetes clusters, including scaling, monitoring, and troubleshooting

  • Advanced Linux administration skills

  • Expert understanding of container orchestration, networking, and security

  • Expert experience with deploying, scaling, and managing Kubernetes in production

  • Strong experience with CI/CD pipeline container orchestration and automation tools

  • Advanced experience building public cloud infrastructure (AWS, GCP, Azure) including EC2, S3, RDS, IAM, and VPC technologies.

  • Experience with VMware virtualization technologies, including vSphere, vCenter, knowledge of server hardware and network infrastructure, experience with storage technologies and disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

  • Strong experience with scripting languages such as PowerShell or Python.

  • Proven troubleshooting and problem-solving skills

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills


Employee must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Employee must be available to travel as required.

Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full:

  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Vacation/Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • UC Retirement Plan.

For more information about UCSD Benefits visit and UCSD Work/Life visit

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Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $87,000 - $202,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $41.67 - $97.03

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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