Systems Engineer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7126266 (Ref.No. hh-61481BR)
Posted: February 23, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

The Systems Engineer is tasked with building modern, reusable, platform agnostic systems and configurations, using up-to-date best practices and technologies such as policy driven provisioning of virtualized, containerized services, fully automated/CI driven system configuration, portable environment designs, reporting, monitoring and trend analysis. This position has a strong focus on portable configuration and design to enable functionality across on-prem, cloud and virtualized environments. Additional job responsibilities include but are not limited to large-scale system automation reusable across University departments, investigating, evaluating, and leveraging the latest DevOps technologies as needed to meet shifting research priorities, to support the school and University mission. 

This position has a focus on introducing technologies that serve as a stable backbone of future services of benefit to the HMS community and their collaborators.  This role will act as a subject matter expert for HMS researchers and faculty, and is expected to stay current with the latest industry standards and technology. The Systems Engineer plays a major role in modernizing and maintaining existing systems.


  • Implement and support technical solutions to deliver business requirements 
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to improve services 
  • Contribute ideas to coding best practices and new technologies 
  • Evaluate third-party hosted and public cloud-based service offerings (compute, storage, application, orchestration, etc) that may support or enhance research and business goals 
  • Work with DevOps team to analyze existing systems and related data to support initiatives and ongoing system implementations, utilizing a feedback loop to drive Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) 
  • Work closely with other team members and departments to evaluate new system needs and data sources for adherence to the School’s security and privacy policies 
  • In conjunction with principal users and data owners, participate in decision-making about system design and implementation 
  • Work to ensure existing and new systems provide interoperability with internal and university-wide systems and groups 
  • Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external clients 
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct 
  • Other duties as assigned
Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of two years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Two years of experience in the fields of system administration, DevOps and/or cybersecurity is desirable
  • Experience in Bash and at least one additional language (java, C, Python, Perl, Ruby, Go, etc.)
  • Experience with *NIX/Linux system administration (Red Hat/Debian variants)
  • Automation and configuration management (puppet/ansible)
  • Basic understanding of cloud architectures, tooling, and implementations
  • Source management (git/mercurial/svn)
  • Experience with public cloud (Azure, AWS) management and automation
  • Experience evaluating and deploying open source tools
  • Hardware and conceptual knowledge of storage, network, and servers
  • System monitoring and configuration (zabbix/nagios/ganglia/sensu)
  • Experience with centralized storage solutions (EMC / Isilon)
  • General Networking skills (Layer 2 & 3 switching and routing, TCP/IP, etc)
  • Protected data, HIPAA, Health Information Privacy experience or equivalent preferred
  • Demonstrated team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor
  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred
Additional Information
This position is based in Boston, but the work may be done fully or primarily remote. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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