Senior Systems Engineer

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Apr 13, 2020
Full time   Computer & Web Services, Info Technology

Job Description


Job #: G826

Posted Date: April 10, 2020

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Senior Systems Engineer

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Information Technology

The IT department operates and maintains the Institute's core network / compute / storage infrastructure and provides engineering and operational support services to labs and administrative departments.

Position Description:

Under general direction and reporting to the Information Technology Manager, provides systems engineering and operational management of technology infrastructure supporting data and compute-intensive research laboratories. Additionally, provides engineering and operational support for administrative systems and core technology services. Position requires research, design, planning, installation, configuration, operation and maintenance of complex infrastructure platforms requiring a high degree of technical knowledge and systems integration experience.

Position assists with specification, procurement, installation and testing of physical and virtual server configurations. Position requires ongoing support for complex systems and applications, as well as providing advanced-level technical support for end users in both labs and administrative departments. Incumbent will support several mission-critical Information Technology systems services, and will manage high-performance computational and storage systems used by labs. Position requires participation in an on-call rotation to provide critical 24x7 coverage.

The Senior Systems Engineer is challenged with establishing and maintaining a high level of credibility and quality for services provided by the Information Technology department. In meeting these goals, the Senior System Engineer constantly evaluates the state of the art in Information Technology and applies creative solutions to satisfy research and business needs in support of the Institute’s mission.

The Salk Institute is a world renowned private, non-profit biological research organization. Come join our team and enjoy a low-stress environment with a great work/life balance. Take advantage of flexible work schedules and great benefits.



  • BS or BA in computer science or a related technical field or equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Minimum of seven years experience managing enterprise-class compute and storage hardware, including SAN and NAS solutions.
  • Minimum of seven years of UNIX operating systems administration experience in an enterprise client-server environment.
  • Experience managing a virtualization platform infrastructure in an enterprise environment.
  • Experience engineering and implementing complex solutions that require knowledge in multiple domains of information technology.


  • Ten years experience managing enterprise-class compute and storage hardware.
  • Five years managing RHEL / CentOS workloads in large client-server enterprise environment.
  • Five years engineering / implementing complex IT solutions.
  • Five years managing VMware ESXi and vSphere virtualization platforms.
  • Experience with cloud storage and computer platforms.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, talking, analyzing, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside.


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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled