Linux Systems Administrator

From £30,056 to £35,670 per annum
30 Nov 2017
09 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Linux Systems Administrator (IRC243331)
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
£30,056 to £35,670 (depending on experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Full time

About Us:
At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s largest research organisations, the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research happen. Our Scientific Computing Department (SCD) develops leading edge software, computer and data storage infrastructures to support the work of world class science both within STFC and internationally; contributing to the solution of grand scientific computing challenges.

About The Role:

We now have an opportunity for a Linux Systems Administrator to work within The Data Services Group within SCD, working in collaboration with system administrators, database administrators, local users, remote researchers and hardware vendors.

The group manages data storage and data transfer services, running multi-petabyte datastores to support large scale facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and the Diamond Light Source synchrotron at Harwell. These services include both Ceph clusters that provide storage for LHC data and the departmental private cloud and the CASTOR (CERN Advanced STORage) system that provides tape storage.

In addition to the support of these services, there are opportunities to work with other "big data" projects and to participate in research into scientific data management.

Responsibilities will include:
  • working as part of the team responsible for installing, maintaining and supporting the data storage services and scientific computing resources managed by the Data Services Group
  • ensuring the storage services run by the Data Services Group run smoothly and meet their operational commitments
  • investigating and resolving operational problems and incidents affecting production services, escalating as appropriate
  • investigating future developments in distributed file systems and distributed storage solutions.
  • work alongside other team members, other groups in SCD, STFC and external collaborators to ensure that the services are able to meet the scientists’ requirements.
You will be part of a 24/7 on call rota. Occasional UK and overseas travel will be required.

About You:
You should hold a degree in a scientific or computing discipline or demonstrate equivalent experience.

You will have experience in the management of Linux/Unix (RHEL/SL/CENTOS) machines, ideally in a production environment.

You will also demonstrate experience in at least two of the following areas:
  • experience with performance and exception monitoring tools e.g. Nagios, Ganglia, the Elastic stack
  • automated configuration and management of large-scale Linux systems e.g. using Quattor, Puppet, Chef, etc.
  • large-scale data storage technologies e.g. Ceph
  • shell scripting using bash/sh and/or another programming language e.g. Perl, Python or Java
  • writing technical documentation
  • experience working in a 24/7 production environment
  • experience working in scientific computing fields or with ‘Grid’ infrastructure.

STFC holds the Investor in People Gold accreditation and offers a benefits package including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working, a workplace nursery, outstanding government pension scheme, social and sporting activities and good public transport links.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To Apply:
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are received by our recruitment partner, UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board by clicking apply.

The closing date for applications is 3rd December 2017, however, applicants will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis.
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