The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs is hiring a system administrator.

The Citizen Lab is based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. We conduct original research on information security that bears on international human rights law and policy. Our research is high-profile, technically rigorous, and regularly generates significant impact on public policy and advocacy.

Key responsibilities: Primary network administrator for the Citizen Lab; managing and overseeing of the use of all information technology in the Citizen Lab; design Linux network infrastructure design; develop, maintain, and monitor network security policies, ensure all workstations and related components are kept operationally effective and secure, oversees administration and security of on site and off site servers, administers and maintains security for websites and web servers, provides training in computer security tools and practices to staff, collaborates on IT purchases by providing recommendations, cost estimates and tracking expenses. There are also opportunities to directly contribute to ongoing research projects on information security.  

Supervisor: The System Administrator will report directly to the Director of the Citizen Lab.

Required Skills and Experience: Administration of Linux systems and Windows systems; experience with python and Django; firewall administration and troubleshooting such as Cisco ASM, iptables, pfilter, or similar; automation and staging software (e.g, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, etc.); virtualized environments (e.g, VMWare vCentre, Xen, or VirtualBox); SSH and its advanced use cases such as reverse SSH tunneling, key agent troubleshooting, X Forwarding, and security considerations; demonstrated network security experience; effective interpersonal skills to develop good working relationship among staff, clients, and peers; ability to train staff members in best security practices (e.g., encrypted communications, secure file storage, etc.)

Desirable Skills: General experience supporting analysts workflows; familiarity with malware analysis environments.

Desirable Attributes: We are interested in applicants with a strong sense of professional discretion and interest in civil society issues.

Note: Candidate must be based in Toronto or be willing to relocate

Contact: Interested applicants should send an email with cover letter and resume to with subject line “Sys Admin Application”