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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 21, 2020
Req #: 166952
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Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 01/28/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

If you would like to find out more about what it is like to work for UW-IT, as well as to get a feel for our culture and our people, visit us at our employment website.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

UW Information Technology (UW-IT) is the central information technology organization for the University of Washington, responsible for strategic planning, oversight, and direction of the UW’s IT infrastructure, resources, and services. UW-IT provides critical technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers, and research operations around the world. UW-IT partners with the UW community to enable innovation, learning, discovery, and service.

IT Infrastructure provides knowledgeable system design and administration, software engineering, and operational support for academic systems, administrative systems, and research computing.  The Computing and Storage team designs, implements, and operates enterprise-level virtual and physical servers, as well as data storage services (storage area networks, network-attached storage, backups, and archiving).

UW-IT has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Senior Systems Engineer.

The Senior Systems Engineer position requires a team-oriented IT professional, experienced in designing, implementing and managing complex Windows systems and infrastructure in a highly-available clustered and virtualized environment. This position directly supports the research, teaching, and administrative missions of the University.

Core responsibilities include Windows server management, performance, monitoring and tuning, capacity planning, disaster recovery, developing solutions, and providing expert support and complex problem resolution as related to the underlying Windows technology and infrastructure, as well as other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or a related field or equivalent experience.

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in a production IT environment managing mission critical enterprise-class IT infrastructure including servers, storage and databases. Including in-depth expert-level Windows systems engineering experience, including extensive hands-on expertise and knowledge of Windows Server, Active Directory, IIS, SQL Server and Group Policy in highly-available clustered and virtualized environments.

  • Requires expert knowledge and good decision making skills concerning security issues, incident handling, capacity planning, trouble-shooting, system design, disaster recovery, and vendor management.

  • Strong to expert level SQL Server clustering knowledge and experience.

  • Strong storage (SAN) experience and knowledge.

  • Strong experience designing and supporting VMware HA environments.

  • Strong working knowledge of network topologies, protocols and services.

  • Demonstrated experience understanding and writing PowerShell scripts.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and apply new technologies.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision, both independently and as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Hands-on Dell EMC VMAX Windows clustering experience (SRDF/SE).

  • Prior consulting or managed services/hosting experience is highly desired.

  • Hands-on Azure experience is highly desired.

  • Experience in a research university or other academic institution.

  • Experience with many of the following technologies: DNS, VPNs, IPSec, Firewalls, Load-balancing, Powershell, .NET, Visual Studio, REST, Web services, LDAP, Kerberos, SCOM, Tivoli Storage Manager and  X509 digital certificates.


    Working conditions include typical office environments and university data centers.

    Position participates in an on-call rotation and must be able to respond to outages during off-hours.

    This is an essential position and is required to report to work when UW suspends operations.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or