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The Research Lab System Administrator will work in the Keiser lab which researches multi-target drug activity at the molecular level. The position helps with analyzing, evaluating, moving, and maintaining the IT cluster architecture without an interruption in service.

The Research Lab System Administrator manages, maintains, administers, and is the first point of responsibility for Keiser Lab’s entire computational hardware, software, and data infrastructure. The lab requires system administration, cluster administration, new hardware purchasing, new system deployment, maintenance of disks that fail, and desktop support for 20 lab members. Keiser Lab interoperates with the UCSF Wynton Cluster. The work thus requires interacting with a large number of different people and technicians, more complex network configurations, and managing more complex interdependencies of heterogeneous systems.

Opportunities exist for training and work in DevOps and AI workflow capabilities as well. The lab is open to early-career candidates.



  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Red Hat training or Linux experience
  • Working knowledge of level 2 and 3 TCP/IP networking technology/hardware
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer security best practices and policies
  • Basic knowledge of how to apply technologies and systems to meet business needs
  • Understanding of system performance monitoring and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance
  • Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to meet business needs
  • Demonstrated understanding of how system management actions affect users and dependent/related functions
  • Demonstrated experience writing and editing scripts of moderate complexity used to perform system maintenance and administration
  • Ability to elicit and communicate technical and non-technical information in a clear and concise manner
  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates problem-solving skills. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines


  • Demonstrated knowledge of Python, Perl, or Java programming languages
  • Working knowledge or demonstrated capability to learn management tools such as Puppet or Ansible.
  • Ability to write technical documentation in a clear and concise manner
  • General knowledge of other areas of IT
  • Expertise or interest in DevOps/AIOps


Just north of Silicon Valley, the lab’s location at UCSF Mission Bay directly adjoins SoMa district and the heart of SF’s tech and artificial intelligence startup scene.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

How to apply

Please apply through the official UCSF job post.