Systems Administrator

Systems Administrator

Careers at the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University

WE Are…
Located in the heart of Happy Valley, State College, PA, The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University Center of Excellence in Defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas. ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce. We are searching for a junior Atlassian Administrator to join our Enterprise Applications Department.

WE Offer…
Employment at ARL includes many benefits and rewards, including:



  • Professional Development
  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • 75% Tuition Discount for you and your family
  • Safe and Diverse Community
  • College Sporting Event Mecca
  • World-Class Entertainment Facilities and Events
  • Cultural Events
  • Good Public Education System
  • Activities for All Stages of your Life

    What YOU Will Do…
    You will maintain application access, security, configuration, and support to ensure data integrity for internal business systems to include, but not limited to, Atlassian (JIRA/Confluence/Bitbucket). Responsibilities include: Advise users on process automation, best practice approach, technology efficiency, and effectiveness for all Atlassian products and tools; evaluate the usage of Atlassian add-ons to meet team and business needs; install, maintain, optimize, and configure all Atlassian products; maintain the testing/sandbox/POC environment; assist with project requirement elicitation, analysis, and deployment planning; assist with provision of JIRA work-flows and projects; perform trouble-shooting and ad hoc refinements for the toolset; maintain user accounts, roles, and permissions; facilitate license management tasks for both annual renewals and licensing upgrade requests; and install, integrate, and maintain third party software/plug-ins introduced into the relevant ecosystem.

    What YOU Need to be Successful…
    Education: Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An Associate's degree (Bachelor's degree preferred for level 2) in Management Information Systems, Information Science and Technology, or Computer Science is desired.

    Required experience/skills:
  • One year of experience in the administration, configuration, and support of Atlassian products, which may include some or all of the following:
  • JIRA software, add-ons, associated plug-ins and extensions
  • Project setups, epics, and/or components
  • JIRA reporting and report Filters
  • JIRA labels
  • JIRA projects role, access, and/or administration
  • Confluence
  • Bamboo, Stash/Bitbucket, Fisheye + Crucible, and/or JIRA Service Desk

    You will be subject to a government security investigation and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

    Apply online at

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    Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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