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Assistant Systems Administrator
Boston, MA

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Job Description


The Assistant Systems Administrator (SCAD/DCS) is responsible for day-to-day computing support for faculty, staff and students and reports to the Director of Computing Services for Physics. This is a permanent full-time position.


This position provides computer and technical support to the Department of Physics, the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS), and other centers/initiatives hosted by Physics and Jadwin Hall. The position is expected to diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve any computing related issue/question posed by faculty, staff, and students in the department and centers of the below:

* Installation, maintenance, and repair of desktop/laptop computing systems.
* Support and administration of Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux systems.
* Diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair computing related issues.
* Support for all office productivity software (Microsoft Office - Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Exchange, Outlook, Exchange; Photoshop; Acrobat), university administrative systems, and in-house applications. Includes installation, troubleshooting, and user assistance and training.
* Installation, configuration and maintenance of back-up software on all desktop/laptop computing systems.
* Educate and train staff on proper computing techniques and use of applications.
* Assist system administrator with basic support for Department's Linux-based research computing facility including account creation, system monitoring, processing trouble tickets, resetting passwords, and remote access for users.
* Prepare equipment for surplus.
* Provide guidance for faculty, staff, collaborators and students on their computing purchases; install and configure new desktop computer systems (Mac and PC), printers, scanners, smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other computing related devices.
* Assist users and maintain pathways from home computers to campus systems for remote access to desktop and research computers.
* Use the Physics helpdesk ticket system to manage tasks, requests for help, day-to-day activities.
* Serve as the department's main A/V contact, which includes troubleshooting Tricaster recordings, issue with video conferencing platforms, Crestron, Clary Icon, Apple TV, and other equipment setups as needed.
* Provide support for the department's web applications including creation, development and maintenance of sites.
* Scientific application support (Mathematica, Matlab, TeX/LaTeX, Cygwin, xfig, etc.)
* Hardware and software deployments
* Take full advantage of training opportunities provided by the SCAD/DCS program.
* Attend monthly SCAD/DCS meetings and participate in other pertinent OIT and/or campus computing groups.



* A bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience, with experience in a university setting a plus.
* Significant experience in administration, maintenance, and user support of Mac OSX and Windows. Experience with Linux as both a user and administrator.
* Understanding of and experience with TCP/IP networking and related protocols.
* Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
* Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team.
* Ability to work independently and self-motivate.
* Ability to pay attention to detail and make connections between similar problems.
* Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build good working relationships with people of diverse personalities and professional backgrounds, with a strong focus on customer service.
* Ability to research hardware and software issues in a thorough manner.
* Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, anticipate and address problems and delays.
* Ability to follow up on open items and complete tasks in a timely manner.
* Flexibility in adjusting work schedule to accommodate priority needs, downtime, and system emergencies.
* Experience in installing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and using standard systems and software applications: Exchange, IMAP, Office Suite (including Outlook) and other Windows based systems and devices; Mac OSX utilities, calendar and mail applications and other OSX based devices.
* Experience using and administering Microsoft SharePoint and Google Drive.
* A strong customer service attitude, initiative, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently and to manage multiple priorities simultaneously are essential.
* The ability to keep abreast of new technologies including computer software and hardware, smart phones, and peripheral devices is necessary for this position.
* The desire and ability to learn and utilize new technologies easily.
* Must be able to lift 50 lbs., twist bend and work in awkward positions.


* Familiarity with Linux and Linux system administration.
* Ability to write simple shell scripts to automate administrative tasks.
* Familiarity with Audio/Visual tools and equipment.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary GradeAIT, 020 Standard Weekly Hours36.25 Eligible for OvertimeNo Benefits EligibleYes Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)No Physical Capacity Exam RequiredNo Valid Driver's License RequiredYes

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