System Administrator IV
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
Research Grant and Contract Services

Centre for Health Information and Analytics (CHIA) under the Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI)
(Contractual Position to November 1, 2019)

The University will consider applications from qualified permanent staff who may be interested in a secondment, subject to departmental approval


The Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI) builds analytics competency to help health care organizations harness "big data" to create actionable insights, set future vision, and improve health outcomes and quality of care for patients. In addition it supports the design and translation of predictive, genetic algorithms. Central to the TPMI is the Centre Health Informatics and Analytics (CHIA). CHIA is dedicated to the intelligent interrogation of multiple, large databases and the extraction of information in a manner that permits the prediction of future outcomes in the health care space.


Reporting to the Associate Director of CHIA, the incumbent will perform professional System Administration and Network Security work across the CHIA systems with responsibilities including: Administration of perimeter network technology including ASA firewalls, Cisco Sourcefire AMP, network switches; management of CHIA network security, user access, intrusion detection, system and VPN access; day-to-day operations of the systems including systems administration, monitoring and storage performance up to and including network components; management of the network switches, parallel file system and HPC software stack and tools; addressing security concerns through regular box maintenance and root cause analysis; implementing and supporting a multitude of Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking protocols including: TCP/IP suite, Quality of Service (QoS) (802.1p), Spanning Tree (STP), VLAN (802.1q), Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), BGP/OSPF; configuration of the scheduling and queuing system; diagnosing and resolving system operational problems quickly and effectively; coordinating with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems; building and deploying open source software and software from vendors/partners; providing reliable and efficient backups/restores for all managed systems; documenting system administration procedures for routine and complex tasks; maintaining and monitoring the security of the PHC systems and servers; applying expert knowledge of Unix/Linux systems administration, including all aspects of management, monitoring, performance analysis, and integration in complex heterogeneous environments; using configuration management tools (e.g. xCAT, PCM) to help maintain large-scale Linux clusters, supercomputers, storage systems, and smaller systems; planning for and deploying patches and updates to the operating system and application software; understanding and supporting hierarchical filesystem infrastructure, software and services, including high performance parallel storage, backup systems, and robotic tape libraries; developing reports and customizing tools that automate the monitoring process of critical systems; administering management services for infrastructure (file servers, monitoring, etc.); acting as point of contact for system related matters for departmental researchers and faculty.


Experience (3-5 years) in system administration. Undergraduate degree with major course work in Computer Science; or any equivalent combination of experience and training. A strong background in both enterprise class Linux/UNIX as well as Microsoft Windows advanced server systems is essential. Strong familiarity in systems shell scripting languages as well as Perl and Python. The optimal candidate will have a strong understanding and experience in OpenStack (cloud), cluster and storage management and associated enterprise class tools. In addition, demonstrated experience with IBM GPFS, Redhat Satellite, VMware ESX, Microsoft Windows Server Deployment, blade and power systems is required. The candidate must have strong experience in the design and implementation of secure internet and internal solutions. The ideal candidate will work well within a team of professionals but should be a strong independent worker and have experience supporting major institutional information systems.

SALARY $57,146 - $77,923 per annum (Management and Professional)
An upscale hiring step will apply to this position (Step 12)
CLOSING DATE February 8, 2019

To apply for this position, please visit us at and click the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the bottom of our ad. Applications must be received by the end of the business day on the competition closing date. For enquiries, contact the Department of Human Resources, 4th Floor, Arts & Administration Building, Elizabeth Avenue, St. John's, phone (709) 864-2434 or fax (709) 864-2700.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is strongly committed to employment equity and especially welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.