Database Administrator

Updated: about 7 hours ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD BIS - Business Intelligence Services

About the Department

About the Department
The University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division (BSD) contains all elements of academic medicine. Basic and translational research, education, and patient care come together in a single campus. Its mission is to create new knowledge of living systems, train the next generation of leaders in biology and medicine, and advance the forefront of health through innovative patient care. The Biological Science Division is divided into 10 basic science and 13 clinical departments that provide academic homes for nearly 900 full-time faculty. The BSD Information Technology team provides advanced, secure technologies and services to enable clinical, translational, and basic science research.

Job Summary

The DBA will be responsible for the implementation, configuration, maintenance, and performance of our SQL Server and Oracle RDBMS systems. The DBA will help ensure the availability and consistent performance of our applications. The position requires solid technical skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the operational readiness of the database instances (security, health and performance), executing data loads, and deploying application code.


  • Manage SQL Server databases through multiple product lifecycle environments, from development to production systems.

  • Manage Oracle database instances on Linux.

  • Configure and maintain database servers and processes, including monitoring of system health and performance, to ensure high levels of performance, availability, and security.

  • Analyze, solve, and correct issues in real time, providing problem resolution end-to-end.

  • Refine and automate regular processes, track issues, and document changes

  • Assist developers with query tuning and schema refinement.

  • Install and configure SSRS reporting instances.

  • With moderate direction from others, analyzes the users' requirements and solves routine database problems that ensures users and related applications can access necessary data sets.

  • Defines and interprets existing data and populates the database with new data from external sources. Plans own resources such as documentation on data models, data dictionaries, physical database configuration, and daily database maintenance functions.

  • Participates in the development of queries and retrieval systems.

  • Monitors the database storage system used to securely store and organize datasets.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Familiar with Oracle Database Administration.

  • Familiar with Linux OS.

  • Familiar with ksh scripting.

  • Familiar with Windows Administration.

Preferred Competencies

  • Independent problem-solving.

  • Strong communication skills involving translating complex technical terminology and functional processes into layman’s terms.

Working Conditions

  • Hybrid remote and occasional in-person (subject to change per university policy).

  • Daily team scrum (virtual).

  • Occasional deployment activities after business hours.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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