STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249035
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £43576
Date Posted 29 March 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 April 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £30,782 to £43,576 (dependent on skills experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI-D or UKRI-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time or Part Time (minimum of 25 hours per week)
Closing Date: Sunday 28th April 2019

Background

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

The Research Infrastructure (RI) group (within SCD) defines, develops and manages the underpinning scientific computing infrastructure used to provide an extensive range of national and international science projects including the JASMIN super data cluster, the GridPP Tier1 service, STFC’s central HPC cluster as well as computing support for STFC facilities such as the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, the Central Laser Facility plus the Diamond Light Source.

The RI group currently has a vacancy for a highly motivated Systems Administrator to join the team that manages the extensive JASMIN infrastructure (http://www.jasmin.ac.uk) as well as general purpose computing resources used by the SCD to support a host of large science projects.

The current infrastructure includes 30000+ CPU cores, 60PB+ online data storage, near line tape storage, complex virtualisation and cloud installations all underpinned by high performance networking.

The post is based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
 
List of Duties/Work Program/Responsibilities

  • part of the team responsible for installing, maintaining and supporting the JASMIN super data cluster infrastructure as well as general purpose scientific computing resources managed by the RI group
  • ensuring services run smoothly and meet their operational commitments
  • investigating and resolving operational problems and incidents affecting services in a timely manner, often acting as a first line of response and escalating to specialists as required
  • investigate, recommend and deploy new technologies, services and management tools as required to enhance the service levels provided by the RI group

For appointment at Band E:

  • take responsibility for the management and operation of significant sections of the JASMIN infrastructure
  • act as second line of support to handle resolution of complex technical issues escalated by other staff
  • act as a technical expert from the project during interaction with the science communities to help understand, define and develop future requirements.

Technical Skills Required

  • experience in the system administration of Linux (preferably RHEL/SL/CENTOS) machines, ideally in large scale deployment
  • experience in IT support roles managing and answering user queries

Additional experience in at least one of:

  • managing a service platform to a high level of availability
  • large capacity (>1PB) high performance storage solutions
  • virtualisation and/or Cloud computing systems
  • workload schedulers on computing clusters such as HTCondor/SLURM/LSF
  • performance and exception monitoring tools such as Icinga/ELK/InfluxDB/Grafana
  • ethernet and TCP/IP networking including L2 trouble shooting and L3 routing.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • good communication skills both verbal and written
  • the ability to work as a team member towards the delivery of both common team and personal objectives
  • the ability to interact with scientists as well as external collaborators with diverse levels of technical ability
  • commitment to acquiring new skills given the opportunities to work with a large range of cutting edge technologies deployed within the SCD.

Any other Relevant Information

  • occasional UK and Overseas travel
  • occasional work in an air conditioned data centre within a hearing protection zone, requiring wearing of hearing protection equipment.

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:

  • degree (or equivalent) in a scientific discipline or relevant experience
  • knowledge and experience of Linux system administration
  • experience of performing an IT support role managing and answering user queries
  • good written communication as demonstrated by the quality of the CV and application covering letter.

Desirable:

  • delivering services in an environment providing high levels of availability
  • virtualisation and/or Cloud computing systems
  • large capacity storage solutions
  • workload schedulers on computing clusters such as HTCondor/SLURM/LSF
  • ethernet and TCP/IP networking including L2 trouble shooting and L3 routing
  • performance and exception monitoring tools.

Interview Criteria

Essential:

  • knowledge and experience of Linux system administration
  • shell scripting and/or use of another programming language such as Perl or Python for system administration tasks and service monitoring
  • experience of performing an IT support role managing and answering user queries
  • good verbal communication skills including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively
  • knowledge and experience of how to work both in a team and independently to deliver working solutions on time.

Desirable:

For appointments at the Band D grade then at interview we are looking for candidates to demonstrate experience or knowledge in at least one of the following criteria.

For appointment at the higher Band E grade then at interview we are looking for candidates to demonstrate expertise in multiple of the following criteria:

  • delivering services in an environment providing high levels of availability
  • virtualisation and/or Cloud computing systems
  • large capacity storage solutions
  • workload schedulers on computing clusters such as HTCondor/SLURM/LSF
  • ethernet and TCP/IP networking including L2 trouble shooting and L3 routing
  • performance and exception monitoring tools.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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 filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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The closing date for applications is Sunday 28th April 2019, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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