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Sr. Cloud Engineer

  • Requisition no: 501880
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Manhattanville
  • School/Department: Columbia University Information Technology
  • Grade: Grade 13
  • Categories: Information Technology

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Infrastructure Engineering, the Sr. Cloud Engineer will be responsible for the development and deployment of the University’s infrastructure services, with a focus on AWS/Azure, cloud services, containerization, and IaaS/PaaS.


  • Designs new infrastructure solutions, with a strong emphasis on promoting cloud services (AWS and Azure), virtualization, automation and standardization.
  • Designs and supports Docker/Kubernetes infrastructure.
  • Develop management tools, automation and integration between infrastructure systems.
  • Works with the Director on the development of major infrastructure projects: gathering requirements, writing proposals, designing systems architecture, documenting operational processes and leading deployment efforts.
  • Stays abreast of industry trends, and drives adoption of new technologies and solutions.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the full application stack. Makes recommendations to improve performance and minimize downtime across all parts of the environment.
  • Responds to questions from other IT departments and coordinates resolution of critical issues.
  • Builds relationships with other IT departments and business units.
  • Acts as liaison/business relationship manager to broker infrastructure services with internal and external customers.
  • Occasional after-hours and weekend work, and participation in a 24x7x365 "on call" rotation.
  • All other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent required.
  • Minimum 4-6 years’ relevant experience.
  • Experience building and managing cloud infrastructure in an enterprise environment.
  • Experience developing in Perl and/or Python.
  • Knowledge of SQL and relational databases.
  • Experience working with Redhat Linux and/or Amazon Linux
  • Experience using a configuration management system, e.g. Puppet, Chef or Ansible
  • Understanding of systems and cloud security principles and practices.
  • Experience gathering requirements and developing proposals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including teamwork/collaboration, analytical thinking, communication and influencing skills, and technical expertise.
  • Ability to work with changing priorities and with multiple projects.
  • Ability to be precise and attentive to detail is essential.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work weekend and off-hour work on occasion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • AWS certification a plus
  • Service design or project management experience
  • ITIL Foundations and/or Service Design a plus


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