W. M. Keck Observatory

Are you a Unix and Linux systems professional? Do you enjoy supporting and maintaining in-house Unix and Linux computer systems? If you said yes, we want to hear from you!

As the Senior Computer Systems (Unix/Linux) Administrator, you are responsible for supporting the design, deployment, maintenance and end-user support for the observatory's Unix/Linux Computer Systems and Network environments and providing a technical support role in the development and implementation of IT strategies and plans.

The W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes. These telescopes have been extremely productive scientifically and have allowed the WMKO science community to play a leading role in understanding the universe from our solar system, to exoplanets, black holes, the earliest galaxies, and dark matter and energy.

Your role

  • Implement, manage, and support the physical and virtual Linux and UNIX servers, desktops, and applications.
  • Administer and support of network equipment including firewalls, routers, switches, WAPs, and SANs.
  • Monitor and evaluate network performance, systems operations, and storage utilization to provide recommendations for system growth and improvements.
  • Manage web and database servers and monitors performance.
  • Monitor security products such as hardware and software firewalls, antivirus software/scanners, and malware/spyware tools.
  • Manage backup systems to support recovery and continuity of operations.
  • Provide network and computer support to staff and visitors.

What you bring

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience.
  • Eight (8) years of experience with Unix or Linux systems.
  • Eight (8) years of experience with server configuration and administration.
  • Six (6) years of experience supporting and maintaining server hardware.
  • Four (4) years of experience with scripting languages.

All qualified applicants, including women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for all open positions at the W. M. Keck Observatory.


Apply to join a skilled and deeply committed team of professionals who enable exciting and important astronomical discoveries. Submit a cover letter and resume, tell us how your background and passion relate to the position.

About Us

Read about us, our science and our mission, go to: www.keckobservatory.org. To see a video about Keck go to: https://vimeo.com/90063671


Keck Observatory offers a robust rewards package which includes a competitive salary; a broad benefits bundle including a 403(b) plan; a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade); and an unmatched focus of excellence.

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