Systems Engineer / Windows SQL Administrator

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Date Posted: 02-07-2017
Ariadne is currently searching for a Systems Engineer to provide comprehensive operations support for enterprise Windows systems and databases (primarily Microsoft SQL Server) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide systems administration, engineering and architecture support to ongoing infrastructure operations and projects to maintain highly available shared computing resources and data.
  • Maintain hardware and software across all environments (physical, virtual, cloud)
  • Deploy approved release packages and break-fix solutions in accordance with all enterprise architecture and configuration, change, and release management policies and procedures.
  • Administer Microsoft SQL clustered databases as required: Provision, delete, backup, troubleshoot, provide performance tuning, etc.).
  • Develop and maintain custom scripts and stored procedures to automate repetitive tasks and improve consistency in operations and maintenance activities.
  • Perform, maintain, and ensure that all data and database backups run successfully according to established schedules; perform audits on replicated data and data backups to ensure data integrity; report inconsistencies and remediation plans.
  • Monitor network infrastructure, systems operations, and critical application services 24/7; provide information and statistics relevant to system limits on capacity, data storage, system utilization, etc.; respond to critical outages and restore services within agreed upon service levels.
  • Review and assess network and systems performance; troubleshoot and resolve issues as required, and propose and implement changes aimed at continuous improvement.
  • Manage directories such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Open Directory, Kerberos and Active Directory (AD); respond to changes within service level agreements.
  • Support data center operations and planning, including space and rack space management; enterprise-wide capacity planning; and ongoing power, wiring, and air conditioning maintenance.
  • Break down, set up, and transport IT equipment during moves within and between government-owned or leased data centers and offices for relocation and/or surplus activities.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related business, scientific, or technical discipline
  • 5+ years of experience supporting clustered Windows and SQL systems in a complex research-based 24/7 enterprise environment
  • Knowledge of database administration to include query writing, stored procedures, backup tools, and performance tuning; experience executing these tasks in Microsoft SQL Server at a minimum
  • Applicable Microsoft certifications to demonstrate technical competencies
  • Experience working with SolarWinds and What’s Up Gold monitoring tools
  • Experience with hardware and software for distributed computing; virtualization; large-scale, high-performance storage systems; databases; and cloud computing
  • Experience with maintaining Dell PowerEdge and Cisco UCS hardware
  • Experience with enterprise technologies currently in use including: Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), CommVault, IBM BigFix/Endpoint Manager, JIRA, ServiceNow, VMware vSphere, VMware Operations Manager, VMware Site Recovery Manager, Microsoft Hyper-V, ESET antivirus, CheckPoint encryption
  • Experience working with developers to deploy, troubleshoot, and maintain custom applications
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing requirements with a flexible and creative approach to brainstorming, troubleshooting, and problem solving
  • Ability to effectively and confidently communicate – in writing and presentations – complex topics and procedures with team members and all levels of customer stakeholders
  • Must meet all requirements for obtaining and maintaining a Public Trust Clearance

Additional Information: 

Founded by experts in computational biology in 2002, Ariadne brings deep experience in high-throughput informatics and software design for life sciences research applications along with bench-level biological and software engineering expertise. Ariadne has a history of outstanding performance providing biomedical IT Services and Software Solutions to government and commercial customers. We have maintained strong and long lasting relationships with our customers, vendors, and staff.
Ariadne offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including BlueCross BlueShield health insurance with 100% company paid premiums, 401K program with matching and immediate vesting, paid time off and holiday pay, life insurance, flexible spending and disability coverage. We promote an excellent work/life balance with a 40-hour workweek and a chance to work alongside accomplished scientists at NIH. Ariadne is an equal opportunity employer.

Thank you for your interest in employment at Ariadne!
We look forward to reviewing your application.

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