Ausschreibung: Systems Administrator (DHI Washington)

Bewerbungsschluss: 5. August 2019

TheGerman Historical Institute Washington DC (part of the Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities in Bonn, Germany) seeks to fill the following position as soon as possible: Systems Administrator (Linux and Windows).

The German Historical Institute Washington DC is a center for advanced studies that promotes transatlantic dialogue and collaboration in history and related fields.


  • Responsible for day to day operations including installation, configuration, and maintenance of systems.
  • Participate in technical research and development to enable continuing innovation within the infrastructure.
  • Work closely with team members to resolve technical issues, as well as perform routine tasks such as monitoring, server management, user and group administration, software installation, imaging, etc.
  • Assist with the forecasting and managing of server technologies and growth, coordinate and manage client/server disaster recovery planning.
  • Apply patch and security changes per policy and pro-actively monitor the environment for patch compliance.
  • Participate in long- and short-range technology planning.
  • Maintain documentation for configurations, operating procedures, and service records relating to the infrastructure and software.
  • Troubleshoot Windows/Linux/macOS, networks, cloud, storage, application, and firewalls.
  • IT user support and user trainings, reliable and rapid processing and prioritizing of support requests in English (and German) via telephone, email or on site.
  • Participate in change management processes to include patch compliance according to Common Criteria.
  • Participate in technical meetings.


  • Bachelor's Degree in IT or IS or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years of hands on experience with Windows and Linux System Administration, preferably in a Public Service or Enterprise environment, supporting large-scale servers.
  • 3+ years of experience with customer service, including researching and solving problems independently and providing high-quality customer service.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, maintain integrity and configure network components along with implementing operating-system enhancements to improve reliability and performance.
  • Strong Windows and Linux knowledge, analytical problem solving skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English (German desired).
  • Willing to work / comfortable in a German speaking environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain security and integrity controls by planning, testing, and performing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities, monitor critical systems.
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills with the ability to take corrective actions prior to failures.
  • Ability to be a team player, including coordinating and collaborating across multiple teams and vendors to achieve common goals.
  • Ability to learn, transfer knowledge, and preferably train staff in new technologies.

Desired Skills/Certificates:

  • Linux administration (CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu)
  • Windows (2008, 2012 R2, 2016)
  • MacOS
  • Virtualization (Vmware, KVM, XEN)
  • Active Directory Administration
  • Patch Management (MS WSUS)
  • Configuration management (Chef/SaltStack/Puppet/Ansible/PDQ)
  • Distributed File System (GlusterFS)
  • Network File System (NFS)
  • Backup / Recovery (Veeam / Acronis / Bacula)
  • Scripting with PowerShell and Bash script
  • Experience working with Continuous Integration/ Continuous Deployment technologies, including JIRA, Git, Confluence
  • Databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL, MicrosoftSQL)
  • Web server (Apache, Nginx, Tomcat, IIS)
  • Mail server (Microsoft Exchange, Kerio)
  • Monitoring (Nagios, Icinga2, AKCP, Tripwire)
  • VPN (SSLVpn, OpenVPN, IPSec)
  • High availability and Failover (Heartbeat, Pacemaker)
  • Switching & Routing (Cisco, HP, Netgear)
  • Cloud-based VoIP phone systems (Shoretel)
  • Agile management framework (Scrum)

The position is offered on a full-time (40 hours/week) basis. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must have a valid green card or G4 visa with an unrestricted work permit.

The GHI offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, and is an equal opportunity employer and family-friendly workplace.

Please submit your application by August 5th, 2019, with a cover letter, detailed CV, references and certificates attached in one PDF-document to The position will be filled as soon as possible. Applicants, who do not have US citizenship must also provide proof of their valid work and residence permits.

For questions on the position, please contact Atanas Vasilev (vasilev(at) or the administrative director Anne Kadolph (kadolph(at)