Undergraduate Assistant


Pepperell Lab, Microbial Sciences, UW-Madison


Madison, WI
United States


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Pepperell Lab in the Microbial Sciences building is searching for a computer science undergraduate student to assist with Systems Administration. The Pepperell lab is a bioinformatics/ computational biology research group focused on infectious diseases.

We are looking for students graduating on or after May 2018. The applicant will work alongside the current System Administrator initially with the aim of assuming full responsibility in subsequent semesters. The position is open immediately but we will also consider students who would need to start later.


Day-to-day administration of Linux servers

Maintain and improve a cluster of servers running HTCondor

Assist researchers with using computing resources

Create and modify scripts to work with lab servers

Install software from both Linux software repositories and from the source code


Experience with Linux setup and administration

Familiarity with the Linux command line environment

Shell scripting and Python experience preferred, other languages beneficial

Desire to learn about and work with a variety of Linux software, including systemd, btrfs, NFS, HTCondor, Ansible, and more


This is a student hourly position. You will work as part of a dynamic group of students and post docs (there are 16 of us), doing interesting, challenging, important and creative work! This is great work experience for many different fields and an opportunity to gain exposure to bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology, microbiology and infectious diseases.

Interested students should contact Dr. Pepperell at: cspepper@medicine.wisc.edu