Systems Administrator

Administrative Novato, California



  • Competitive $120,000 - $140,000 salary commensurate with experience
  • Generous benefits package including health insurance, paid parental leave, generous PTO and 401(k) with 5% employer match
  • Primarily onsite position with scheduling flexibility


The Buck Institute is looking for a Systems Administrator to support all Windows-based technology platforms at the Buck Institute. Reporting to the Director of Information Technology, this role’s primary focus is to support Windows Server platforms and to be the expert in this technology. This position will be primarily onsite.


  • Setup, modify, maintain, and decommission all Windows Servers used by the Institute.
  • Setup, modify, and maintain Hyper-V virtualization environment, associated virtual machines, iSCSI block storage, and backups.
  • Setup and maintain server software and applications installed on Windows Servers, including, but not limited to, Exchange 2013, ERP, eRA, SQLServer, Veeam, ticketing system, performance monitoring, and log analysis.
  • Migrate the Institute to Office 365.
  • Setup and maintain backups for Window Servers, SQL Servers, and applications.
  • Setup, organize, and maintain the Active Directory and Group Policy Objects.
  • Setup and maintain SharePoint instances and applications.
  • Ensure security updates and software updates are applied in a timely manner.
  • Document Server environment (both virtual and physical), application environments on Windows Servers, and Active Directory.
  • Monitor servers, applications, and AD for malware, intrusion, performance, and security issues.
  • Work with third-party service providers to maintain software under support contracts.
  • Backup other system administrators, helpdesk technicians, and events requiring audio/visual.
  • Assist and mentor junior staff as needed.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years’ experience as a Windows systems administrator
  • 5+ years’ experience administering Windows endpoints
  • 3+ years’ experience managing Active Directory

License or Certification

  • MCSA Windows Server certification, or equivalent, required
  • MCSE Server Infrastructure certification, or equivalent, preferred

Specialized Skills

  • Ability to communicate technical concepts and details to a non-technical audience, including leadership, administrative staff, faculty, and scientists.
  • Ability to communicate in technical terms with departmental staff, contractors, bioinformatics faculty and scientists, vendors, and technical staff or collaborators.
  • Excellent analytical abilities and problem-solving skills.
  • Can independently analyze a problem, research possible solutions, and implement a solution with minimal impact to users.
  • Experience documenting solutions to enable others to solve similar issues.
  • Team player who can mentor members of the team.


Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging—the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes—the Buck seeks to help people live better longer. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Please click the “Apply” button to upload your CV and a Cover Letter highlighting why you would be an excellent candidate for this role.