System Administrator (Open Rank)

Computers/Hardware Green Bank, West Virginia


System Administrator (Open Rank)

Position Description:                                               


The Green Bank Observatory (GBO) is seeking a full-time Systems Administrator to join our Information Services team.

Observatory-wide computing is managed by the Information Services division, which oversees operational computing ideas that support the multiple Observatory sites. This includes planning, policy, standards (for software, hardware, and system administration), computer security, allocation of budget, hardware and software support, Web services, telecommunications, computer staff training, inner-site computing travel, procurements, and maintenance contracts.

The Systems Administrator will participate in management of Red Hat Linux and Mac OSX hardware and software systems associated with the Green Bank Observatory including, but not limited to, servers, desktops, and laptops.

The position will be based at our headquarters in Green Bank, WV. In addition to competitive pay, GBO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. GBO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.



 Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Helpdesk triage and ticket resolution or escalation as needed,
  • Assisting with hardware and software installation of Linux systems,
  • Assisting with organizing and writing documentation, both user and admin facing.
  • Management of telescope data.
  • Support of storage hardware and ancillary systems.
  • General unix administration duties.


Position Requirements:

Minimum Education
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or relevant field, or equivalent combination of related experience.

Minimum Experience
Two years direct experience with Linux systems; troubleshooting and resolving user problems.

Competency Summary
The successful candidate will possess good communication skills, ability to work directly with scientific and software engineering staff, and will be comfortable working with normal server and desktop hardware internals.

Work Environment
This position will normally work in a standard business office environment, occasionally working in an air-conditioned computer room where hearing protection is advised.


Physical Activities

  • Must be able to lift and move computer equipment weighing up to 42 pounds, and with assistance, lift and move datacenter storage equipment weighing in excess of 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to kneel, squat, bend, or crawl in and around office environments to attach or troubleshoot computer and network cabling.





Application Instructions:

Apply online at the Associated University Inc. / NRAO / GBO Careers page; upload CV/Resume and letter of interest.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected].


AUI is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)