Job Opportunities: Systems Administrator and Digital Imaging Technician at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

CHF is hiring for a Systems Administrator to contribute to our new DevOps environment. The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Systems Administrator. The Systems Administrator will oversee the technical infrastructure for CHF’s forthcoming digital collection, built on the open-source Hydra repository technology stack (Fedora 4, Solr, and Blacklight). The Systems Administrator will also be responsible for architecting scalable cloud-based Linux infrastructure for multiple applications serving library, archive, museum, and oral history collections using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Responsibilities include:

Manage CHF’s AWS environment.
Contribute to development operations (DevOps) by using build automation and deployment tools.
Coordinate and perform large-scale upgrades and OS-level updates.
Install and maintain open-source software applications, upgrades, and patches.
Set up and conduct process monitoring, log analysis, and load testing; make adjustments for improved services and increasing storage capacity as needed.
Design and implement strategies for back-ups; maintain back-up scripts.
Oversee security provisions and perform regular security monitoring.
Perform and maintain risk assessments and business impact analyses.
Manage user application accounts and integrate with LDAP server.
Communicate with different departments and provide user support, as needed.
The successful candidate will possess:

A minimum of 3 years experience in systems administration or similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Bachelor’s degree.
Demonstrated knowledge of Linux servers.
Experience installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting open-source technology.
Demonstrated record of success in learning new technologies.
Experience reconfiguring multi-server architecture, preferably with Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a plus.
Experience working with Git and GitHub in a collaborative environment is preferred.
Experience with build automation tools (such as Chef or Ansible) is a plus.
Knowledge of CMS and DAMS software used at cultural heritage institutions, such as Drupal, Hydra, ArchivesSpace, or similar.
Knowledge of a scripting language such as Bash, Python, or Ruby.
Experience working with a Java Virtual Machine (JVM), especially serving Java applications via Tomcat, is a plus.
Experience administering and tuning an SQL database server such as PostgreSQL or MySQL is a plus.
To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations and resume to:

[email protected]

Details are at:

CHF is also seeking a Digital Imaging Technician to work with our Digital Collections Archivist on our first mass archival digitization. It’d be a great job for a recent MLIS graduate, and I know we have plenty of these talented folks across the Philly area:


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