Job Description

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$90,000 - $120,000 /year
Torrey Pines Center South
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#112220 Senior Systems Administrator

Extended Review Date: Tue 4/5/2022

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This is a Contract position that may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.

UC San Diego Policy will not allow this position to receive J-1 and H-1B work visa sponsorship.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

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.

The Computing Infrastructure Operations Team researches, selects, implements, updates and monitors compute, storage, security, networking, identity management, retention and backup resources on which the most complex, campus and enterprise-wide critical applications can be built in highly available, scalable, resilient, secure, and cost-efficient on-premises and hybrid cloud environments. The Computing Infrastructure Operations Team's delivery of highly available, secure, and resilient on-premises and multi-cloud application ready environments is fundamental and foundational to the successful platforming of enterprise-wide critical applications and is accomplished by strenuous research, continuous improvement of complex design, and complex scripting for repeatable success.

The Computing Infrastructure Operations Team within ITS designs, implements and manages UC San Diego's compute, storage, hypervisors and backup systems. Working closely with the Applications Platforms Team, builds and manages systems for our customers across campus and in the hybrid-cloud environment.


Incumbent would be responsible for the day to day monitoring, patching, installation, and automation of an enterprise VMWare environment spanning multiple datacenters, enterprise Rubrik backup system, assist in migrations and integrations, develop cloud and specifically Kubernetes infrastructure using scripting and industry standard tools. Support, maintain, automate, and improve enterprise VMWare environment. Manage backup, data protection, and ransomware protection systems, maintain documentation, perform upgrades, research and implement security patches and new features, and respond to internal requests. Specifies and builds, monitors, maintains, and manages cloud and SaaS infrastructure, primarily in AWS, utilize standardized tools to implement, manage, and maintain retail and hybrid cloud infrastructure using best practices and well-defined methods of infrastructure as code. Utilize experience and expertise to maintain and develop highly secure and scalable Kubernetes and containerization environment, participate in application modernization and cloud migration efforts.

Employee must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Employee must be available to travel as required


  • Rich experience with managing a large, multi-site VMWare environment including monitoring, patching, securing, upgrading and migrating. Proven ability to manage data backup and protection including ransomware and data recovery.

  • Advanced experience building and automating hybrid cloud resources primarily in AWS and Amazon Kubernetes (EKS), preferably as code.

  • Demonstrated experience working with specialized VMWare virtualization technology storage, and data protection hardware.

  • Advanced experience with administration of cloud services including AWS, Azure, Google, and other emerging technologies.

  • Proven experience building and maintaining robust, secure, and scalable Kubernetes containerization infrastructure.

  • Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to meet business needs.

  • Experience in enterprise level backup and recovery solutions


  • VMWare Certified Professional preferred
  • AWS Certified Solutions Associate preferred


  • Job offer is contingent on clear background check.

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

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

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