STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245822
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 12 July 2018
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 August 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £30,357 - £32,997 (Dependent on skills and experience plus annual allowances)
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th August 2018

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) provides leading-edge compute and data storage infrastructure to support the work of world class science both within STFC, the UK and internationally.

The Data Services Group currently has a vacancy for a highly motivated Linux System Administrator to join the team that manages data storage and data transfer services.  These services include Ceph clusters that provide storage for LHC data and the STFC cloud service. You will work in collaboration with system administrators, developers, researchers and hardware vendors. You will have opportunities to learn new skills and get involved in new technologies including training in Ceph storage administration.

The post will support storage systems recently funded for the Ada Lovelace Centre (ALC), working jointly with both SCD and the Central Laser Facility. The ALC has the potential to transform research at the facilities through a multidisciplinary approach to data processing, computer simulation and data analytics. The impact will be felt across the many science disciplines and communities these facilities support, including industry and academia. The ALC will integrate the unique capability of the UK’s large-scale experimental facilities with the decades-long track record of STFC’s Scientific Computing Department in supporting scientists with state-of-the-art software, large-scale computing services and data infrastructures. The ALC will provide computing hardware, build software and provide computational and data analytics expertise that will spark a paradigm shift in the capability of scientists to design, analyse and interpret experiments.

The post is based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

  • be part of the team responsible for installing, maintaining and supporting the data storage services and scientific computing resources managed by the Data Services Group
  • ensure the storage services run by the Data Services Group run smoothly and meet their operational commitments
  • investigate and resolve operational problems and incidents affecting production services, escalating to other specialists as appropriate
  • investigate future developments in distributed file systems and distributed storage solutions
  • work alongside other team members, other groups in SCD, Central Laser Facility, STFC and external collaborators to ensure that the services are able to meet the scientists’ requirements
  • be part of a 24/7 on call team – services can be supported remotely.

Technical Skills Required

  • experience in the management of Linux (RHEL/SL/CENTOS) machines, ideally in a production environment
  • plus additional experience in at least two of the following areas:
    • performance and exception monitoring tools, e.g. Nagios, Ganglia, the Elastic stack
    • server builds and configuration management systems, e.g. Puppet, Chef, Quattor.
    • large-scale data storage technologies, e.g. Ceph
    • shell scripting and/or another programming language, e.g. Python, Go, Java
    • experience working in a 24/7 production environment
    • experience working in scientific computing fields or with ‘Grid’ infrastructure.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • good communication skills
  • good organisational skills
  • an analytical approach to problem solving.

Contacts and Communication

  • interact with the other members of the storage team on a daily basis
  • liaise with CERN and the wider HEP community for development of storage services
  • liaise with the CERN and facilities experiments and users to coordinate their testing of pre-production releases
  • liaise with middleware developers to help identify bugs and configuration problems affecting the storage services.

Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria

Essential: 

  • experience managing Linux systems.

Special Requirements

  • must be able to take a reasonable share of the team’s on-call responsibilities
  • must be able to travel within the UK and abroad, e.g. to CERN, usually for 1-3 days, but up to 1 week.

Desirable:

At least two of the following:

  • performance and exception monitoring tools, e.g. Nagios, Ganglia, the Elastic stack
  • server builds and configuration management systems, e.g. Puppet, Chef, Quattor
  • large-scale data storage technologies, e.g. Ceph
  • shell scripting and/or another programming language, e.g. Python, Go, Java
  • experience working in a 24/7 production environment
  • experience working in scientific computing fields or with ‘Grid’ infrastructure.

Interview Criteria

Essential:

  • experience managing Linux systems.

Personal Skills/Qualities

  • good communication skills
  • good organisational skills
  • an analytic and systematic approach to problem solving.

Special Requirements

  • must be able to take a reasonable share of the team’s on-call responsibilities
  • must be able to travel within the UK and abroad, e.g. to CERN, usually for 1-3 days, but up to 1 week.

Desirable:

At least two of the following:

  • experience with performance and exception monitoring tools, e.g. Nagios, Ganglia, the Elastic stack
  • experience with server build and configuration management systems, e.g. Puppet, Chef, Quattor
  • experience with large-scale data storage technologies, e.g. Ceph
  • experience with shell scripting and/or another programming language, e.g. Python, Go, Java
  • experience working in a 24/7 production environment
  • experience working in scientific computing fields or with ‘Grid’ infrastructure.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 19th August 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy to be confirmed and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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