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Research System Administrator

Interested in cutting‐edge research that contributes to making the world a safer place? Do you want to innovate and implement game‐changing solutions? If so, consider joining the Information Trust Institute (ITI) to push the envelope of research into securing the nation’s critical infrastructure and advancing the state of science in computer security.  ITI executes innovative projects that are funded by both industry and government, so that applicants have a range of potential projects with which they can match their experience to and provide the most impact.  ITI has a proven track‐record of national and international leadership combining research and education with industrial outreach in trustworthy and secure information systems.

The Information Trust Institute (ITI) has an opening available for a Research System Administrator. As a Research System Administrator you will be part of our advanced development teams that focus on cyber resiliency in critical infrastructure. ITI provides national and international leadership combining research and education with industrial outreach in trustworthy and secure information systems. ITI brings together over 90 faculty and senior researchers, many graduate student researchers and industry partners to conduct foundational and applied research to enable the creation of critical applications and cyber infrastructures.  


  • Take an active role in the architecture and development of testbed capabilities.
  • Assist in the implementation, administration, and documentation of the research by preparing reports and briefs, assist in creating publications and presentations by writing the more technical portions, such as information on the hardware and software programs that were used to conduct the research.
  • Engage with students, faculty, and staff in problem identification and solution formulation.
  • Oversee testbed operations and work with others to design and implement new features that will improve performance, service, and usability of the research facility.
  • Set up, maintain, and administer testbed hardware and software and recommend equipment, software, and system architecture approaches to accomplish testbed goals
  • Responsible for the obtaining specialized equipment to run experiments by working with the business office to follow proper purchasing procedures.
  • Install and provision bare metal, virtualized, and containerized infrastructure as needed to support project needs.
  • Administer and oversee internal networking to meet testbed needs.
  • Assume additional research system administrator related duties to further the mission of the institute.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field (computer science or computer engineering) or related field.
  • Experience in Windows and Linux system administration, computer/network security, virtualization/containerization approaches, and DevOps tasks.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


  • Software development background in rapid development languages such as python and Powershell
  • Distributed source control management experience from the administration side
  • Understanding of, and comfort with, both cyber and physical systems. This may include understanding of small electronics wiring, mechanical processes (e.g., relays, PLCs), or electrical test equipment.
  • Experience working effectively in both a team environment and autonomously in a self-directed and proactive manner
  • Interest in emerging technology solutions and ability to apply cutting-edge technology to address testbed goals
  • Experience with DevOps related tasks (e.g., puppet)
  • Virtualization and containerization environment experience (e.g., docker, VMWare).
  • Experience with Windows and Linux environments, in particular with a system administration point of view.
  • Experience supporting data analytics, fusion, and generation in the form of both cyber data (e.g., packet traces, logs) and physical data (e.g., voltage and current measurements, breaker status).
  • Understanding of cyber security principles and their operational use (e.g., IDS/IPS, encryption)

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the full consideration date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter; resume; and the names/contact information of three professional references by September 2, 2016. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by this date.

For further information regarding this position, you may contact Amy Pruitt, HR Specialist at 217-244-1802 or aepruittatillinois [dot] edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (