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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Systems Architect Senior job posting @ ICPSR

We've posted another job opening on my team at ICPSR.  I'll include the text from the job description below, but the short-lived link to the U-M job site is

In brief we're looking for someone with deep experience building production operational environments for web applications who can apply those skills to the ICPSR environment.  We currently have a mix of stuff running on real hardware at ICPSR and virtual hardware in Amazon's EC2, and we have a mix of legacy Perl CGI code and newer Java-based web applications.  A mix of myself and Steve Burling (who retires at the end of January) have been the main architects of the environment, but it has grown so much over the past 5-10 years that it has become a full-time job.

Here are the details:

Systems Architect Senior

Job Summary

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest archive of digital social science data, is now accepting applications for a Systems Architect Senior. ICPSR is a unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. ICPSR's data are the foundation for thousands of research articles, reports, and books. Findings from these data are put to use by scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, the media, and the public. This position reports to the Assistant Director, Technology Operations, Computer and Network Services.


This position is responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance, and regular management of ICPSRs web systems development, staging, production, and disaster recovery operational environments. This consists of several distinct platforms, including local physical hardware and virtual systems hosted in Amazons Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2). The successful candidate will also work closely with the Assistant Director, Software Development, Computer and Network Services to define and implement functional requirements.

One, this position will select, install, and manage integrated development environment (IDE) software on developer workstations, and the underlying software repository. The incumbent systems are Eclipse and CVS, respectively.

Two, this position will select, install, manage, and maintain the testing, staging, and production platform environments used by ICPSR to deploy and test new web applications. The incumbent web application server is Apache Tomcat, sometimes run as a stand-alone web server and sometimes as a client to Apache Httpd. The incumbent server platform is a mix of local, physical servers and Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) instances running within Amazon Web Services (AWS). ICPSR has interest in exploring a more complete. cloud-based web application platform such as AWS Elastic BeanStalk.

Three, this position will manage the AWS-hosted replica of ICPSRs production web environment. This includes building and maintaining tools that synchronize software, static content, and database content between the production environment and the replica environment.

Four, the over-arching responsibility of this position is to maintain and improve ICPSRs capacity for delivering high-availability, high-performance web-based services, managing the tension between the desire to have well-defined, documented, predictable deployments and business processes and the desire to have fast moving, fluid, and flexible deployments and business processes.

Required Qualifications*

BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or at least eight years of experience with designing and managing complex web application hosting environments
Two or more years of experience with J2EE application servers (such as Tomcat)
Two or more years of experience with virtualization products or services, such as Amazon Web Services
In-depth expertise with RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6
In-depth knowledge of networking principles and network support
In-depth knowledge of Web technologies (Apache, Tomcat)
Experience operating an RDBMS (Oracle, MySQL)
Experience working with monitoring tools, control software (CVS , Subversion, Perforce), and build tools (Make , Ant)
Strong understanding of web application architectures
Enthusiastic self-starter who works well with other team members
Excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to communicate clearly to peers, vendors, customers, and colleagues

Desired Qualifications*

MS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
At least five years of experience with J2EE application servers (such as Tomcat)
Experience with Veritas products (Veritas Netbackup)
Storage experience (EMC)
Experience as an Infrastructure Engineer in a high availability environment
Expertise working with monitoring tools , version control software (CVS , Subversion, Perforce), and build tools (Make , Ant)

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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