Advanced Computing Systems Administrator

University of Bristol
Bristol (City Centre)
From £36,613 to £41,212 per annum
13 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Advanced Computing Systems Administrator


IT Services


A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Systems Administrator to join the University’s Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC), one of the UK’s leading High Performance Computing (HPC) and Research Data Storage (RDS) providers. The University’s latest HPC cluster contains more than 15,000 compute cores and provides over 800 TFlops. This computing power is coupled to a multi-petabyte, highly-resilient and highly-available storage facility serving thousands of users.

You will be at the forefront of bringing innovative and highly performing storage solutions to a large and vibrant community of researchers. You will couple an appetite for new technology and problem solving together with strong user support ethos and excellent communication skills. You will work as a member of a team of Systems Administrators, Data Specialists and Research Software Engineers and will be given all the necessary training, supervision and guidance to conduct tasks such as the administration of high performance parallel file systems and the development of innovative data sharing facilities.

You will support a wide variety of researchers and workflows and will have the opportunity to engage with many cutting-edge storage technologies. The RDS uses IBM’s Spectrum Scale parallel file system backed by several petabytes of disk and SSD storage. An innovative Hierarchical Storage Management system couples this to tens of petabytes of tape storage. The backend storage libraries and arrays are connected by a Fibre Channel SAN to highly available cluster of servers providing network attached storage to over 2,000 users. The RDS is far from static and we are currently investigating the use of new SSD-based caching technologies along with bespoke data migration and placement policies.

This is an open-ended position.

We anticipate that interviews will be held in the last week of November 2017.

To apply please visit our web site at enter the vacancy number into the job search and follow the link to the on line application process.

The closing date for applications is 19th November 2017.

The University of Bristol is committed to equality and we value the diversity of our staff and students.

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