LinuxLinux Administrator Job Description Template

Linux is powerful, flexible, and can be adapted to a broad range of uses. On servers, Linux plays an important role in providing developers and applications an environment to run in. Developers who enjoy solving problems in the Linux environment, and in administering it, are often suitable for a Linux administration role. These people are the ones who develop and monitor the infrastructure, automate workflow by collaborating with other members, and design overall production system architectures.

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Linux is powerful, flexible, and can be adapted to a broad range of uses. On servers, Linux plays an important role in providing developers and applications an environment to run in. Developers who enjoy solving problems in the Linux environment, and in administering it, are often suitable for a Linux administration role. These people are the ones who develop and monitor the infrastructure, automate workflow by collaborating with other members, and design overall production system architectures.

A great Linux administrator is often the difference between a large scale system that runs smoothly over long periods of time and a system that crashes often. Linux based distributions, being wonderful general purpose operating systems, often misguide developers into incorrectly gauging their proficiency with it. Therefore, a focused well-written job advertisement is essential to invite Linux administrators who are perfect for your team.

This article will provide you with a sample Linux administrator job description that will help you write a perfect job ad, and assure that you easily find and hire the person that matches your specific criteria.

Linux Developer - Job Description and Ad Template

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Company Introduction

{{Write a short and catchy paragraph about your company. Make sure to provide information about the company culture, perks, and benefits. Mention office hours, remote working possibilities, and everything else you think makes your company interesting.}}

Job Description

We are looking for a Linux administrator who will be responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring the infrastructure; also, to collaborate with other team members to develop automation strategies and deployment processes. You will become an integral part of the team, making every problem of the platform a problem of your own, and solving them accordingly.

Responsibilities

  • Help tune performance and ensure high availability of infrastructure
  • Design and develop infrastructure monitoring and reporting tools
  • Develop and maintain configuration management solutions
  • Develop test automation frameworks in collaboration with rest of the team
  • Create tools to help teams make the most out of the available infrastructure
  • {{Add other responsibilities here that are relevant}}

Skills

  • Experience with Linux servers in virtualized environments
  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of Linux scripting languages
  • Experience installing, configuring, and maintaining services such as Bind, Apache, MySQL, nginx, etc.
  • Strong grasp on configuration management tools, such as Puppet and Chef {{depending on project requirements}}
  • Familiarity with load balancing, firewalls, etc.
  • Proficient with network tools such as iptables, Linux IPVS, HAProxy, etc. {{depending on specific project needs}}
  • Experience with virtualization technologies, such as Xen {{depending on project requirements}}
  • Ability to build and monitor services on production servers
  • Knowledge of servers and switches {{and other solutions relevant to the infrastructure}}
  • {{Make sure to mention any frameworks, libraries, or any other technology relevant to your project}}
  • {{List education level or certification you require}}
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