Cybersecurity Operations Engineer


The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is a bold, ambitious leader, providing a first-class education and the tools of discovery to more than 51,000 students.

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Job Posting Title:

Cybersecurity Operations Engineer


Hiring Department:

Information Security Office


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:

To Be Determined at Offer


Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Details:

General Notes

Remote work allowed for this position. Individuals who reside outside Texas but within the United States and its territories will be considered, but will require Central Office approval.

The threat landscape we operate in is complex and requires a team with varying perspectives to respond appropriately; therefore, please apply even if you are unsure if your experience is relevant. The most important ingredients for success on this team are a strong ability to think creatively about problems, very strong communication skills, and a passion to learn and share knowledge.

You will get to work with a very intelligent and dedicated team to address enterprise cybersecurity challenges through novel approaches in an office that highly values work-life balance, the freedom to explore out of the box ideas, and serving others.

Most importantly, you will help take our tools and ideas to the next level. What starts here changes the world!

Your skills will make a difference. 


You’ll be working for a university that is internationally recognized for our academic programs and research. Your work will contribute to operational excellence and enhance the student experience. If you’re the type of person that wants to know your work has meaning and impact, you’ll like working in our department and for UT Austin. UT Austin provides an outstanding benefits package including but not limited to: 

  • Competitive health benefits (employee premiums covered at 100%, family premiums at 50%) 
  • Voluntary Vision, Dental, Life, and Disability insurance options
  • Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays 
  • Teachers Retirement System of Texas, a defined benefit retirement plan, with employer matching funds 
  • Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs: Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) and a Deferred Compensation program 457(b) 
  • Flexible spending account options for medical and childcare expenses 
  • Robust free training access through LinkedIn Learning plus professional conference opportunities 
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Expansive employee discount program including athletic tickets 
  • Free access to UT Austin's libraries and museums with staff ID card 
  • Free rides on all UT Shuttle and Austin CapMetro buses with staff ID card 

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This position requires you to maintain Internet service and a mobile phone with voice and data plans to be used when required for work.

Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer without sponsorship. 


The Cybersecurity Operations Engineer will collaborate with a team of engineers to design, build, and administer large scale risk and vulnerability management infrastructures operated by the UT Austin Information Security Office (UTISO). This person will work closely with the UTISO to ensure the infrastructure is effectively supporting our customer base which spans the state of Texas and beyond.


  • Collaborate with a small team of engineers to design, build, automate, and administer systems infrastructure in on-premise or cloud environment.
  • Use automation tools (e.g., Ansible) to configure and secure systems.
  • Tune systems for scale and performance.
  • Develop and debug python scripts.
  • Periodically review and advise on architectural security reviews.
  • Develop and manage comprehensive documentation, artifacts, procedures, and processes for the optimal management of key infrastructure.
  • Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen, resident, or officially recognized asylee - Applicant selected will be subject to government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience building & integrating systems in environments utilizing enterprise source code management tools & automation tooling using Python and/or Bash scripting, Ansible, etc).
  • At least 4 years of experience with Linux system administration or an advanced understanding of operating systems and common operating environments.
  • Excellent written and oral skills, ability to work closely with multiple groups, manage expectations and track engagement scope.
  • General networking and security troubleshooting (firewalls, routing, NAT, etc.).
  • Demonstrated affinity for or interest in information security.

Preferred Qualifications

  • System design / architecture knowledge:
    o Experience of DNS, DHCP, load balancers, reverse proxies
    o Knowledge of monitoring and observability systems (Prometheus, Grafana, Checkmk. Zabix, and/or Splunk experience)
    o Clustered / highly available systems
    o Securing systems at scale
  • Linux network configuration:
    o Cloud and on-prem networking
    o Mesh VPN, vxlans
    o Software defined networking
  • Orchestration and scheduler knowledge:
    o Kubernetes or nomad

Salary Range

$115,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
  • Use of manual dexterity

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.



Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.

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