STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250437
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £34459
Date Posted 02 August 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 01 September 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £30,782 to £34,459 pro rata if part time (depending on experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time or Part Time (minimum of 28 hours a week)
Closing Date: 1st September 2019

 

Background

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) provides world class leading edge computer 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 under-pinning scientific computing infrastructure used to provide an extensive range of national and international science projects including the GridPP Tier1 service, the JASMIN super data cluster, 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 Linux Systems and Services Administrator to join the team that manages the extensive computing infrastructure that supports the large science projects with particular emphasis on  the GridPP Tier-1 service, supporting the work of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN as part of the world's largest scientific computing Grid.

The current infrastructure includes 35,000+ CPU cores, 65PB+ online data storage, 100PB+ near line tape storage, complex virtualisation and cloud installations all under-pinned 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 both High-throughput Computing (HTC) and the High Performance Computing (HPC) services as well as general purpose scientific computing resources provided by the department 
  • 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
  • working alongside other team members, other groups in SCD, STFC and external collaborators to ensure that the services offered are able to meet the scientists’ requirements
  • investigate, recommend and deploy new technologies, services and management tools as required to enhance the service levels provided 

Technical Skills Required

  • experience in IT support roles preferably in an environment delivering high levels of availability
  • experience in the management of Linux (preferably RHEL/SL/CENTOS) machines, ideally in large scale deployments
  • ideally additional experience in at least one of:
    • managing a service platform to a high level of availability
    • performance and exception monitoring tools such as Icinga/ELK/InfluxDB/Grafana
    • managing workload schedulers on computing clusters such as HTCondor/SLURM
    • large capacity storage solutions
    • ethernet and TCP/IP networking
    • virtualisation and/or Cloud computing systems.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • good communication skills both verbal and written 
  • a proactive attitude to service delivery and continuous improvement
  • the ability to work as a team member delivering commitments on time
  • a 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

  • be able to undertake occasional UK and overseas travel
  • be able to take a share in an on-call system providing out of hours cover (allowance and overtime payments provided)

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:

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

Desirable:

  • experience of delivering services in an environment delivering high levels of availability
  • knowledge and experience with performance and exception monitoring tools
  • knowledge and experience of elements of a scientific computing infrastructure such as the various components required for computation, storage, networking and applications layers.

Interview Criteria

Essential:

  • experience of performing an IT support role managing and answering user queries
  • knowledge and experience of how to work in a team and deliver commitments on time
  • a proactive attitude to service delivery and continuous improvement
  • shell scripting and/or use of another programming language such as Perl or Python for system administration tasks and service monitoring
  • knowledge and experience of the elements of Linux system administration
  • good verbal communication skills including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively
  • ability to be part of an oncall team providing out of hours support.

Desirable:

  • experience of delivering services in an environment delivering high levels of availability
  • knowledge and experience with performance and exception monitoring tools
  • knowledge and experience of elements of a scientific computing infrastructure such as the various components required for computation, storage, networking and applications layers.

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.

The closing date for applications is 1st September 2019, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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