Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251784
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 06 November 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 December 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 to £42,576 (dependent upon experience)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time – minimum 25 hours per week
Closing Date: 4th December 2019

We have an excellent opportunity to join the STFC Cloud Team.

About the role

We now have an excellent opportunity within the SCD Cloud Team for a highly skilled IT professional or scientist with practice of delivering exciting projects and reliable services to manage this broad and growing computing infrastructure.

The STFC Cloud is a computing facility within SCD which provides elastic compute resources to our scientists and collaborators across a variety of different subject areas. Users of the STFC Cloud include our big science facilities (the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, the Central Laser Facility and the Diamond Light Source) and international collaborations including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). It is based on OpenStack and uses the latest technologies to meet the needs of scientists.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • working with the Cloud Architect to lead the implementation of the Cloud strategy
  • employing best practices to ensure high availability of the systems and services
  • planning for interventions, upgrades and planned downtime periods
  • ensuring teams follow best practices, and driving continuous improvements
  • planning for end of life of key services and identifying their potential replacements
  • working alongside team members, groups and external collaborators to ensure that the services are able to meet scientists' requirements
  • investigating and recommending new technologies, services and management tools.

About you

  • you will be educated to degree level in a scientific or computing discipline, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience
  • with dedicated practice in a public or private cloud environment, or a research computing environment, you will have a real knowledge of delivering and developing computing services in a production environment with a high level of service availability
  • you will demonstrate experience of delivering technical project management in a development environment, and an understanding of supporting users and developers of computing systems, responding to problems and developing solutions
  • the capability to apply knowledge to new developments and resolve problems in cutting edge technical environments is also required
  • you will display ability to plan, negotiate and reach consensus with multiple stakeholders over service interventions, and subsequently good communication skills are needed, along with team working skills and a proactive attitude.

Any other Relevant Information

About us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our 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; contributing to the solution of grand scientific computing challenges.

STFC, as a part of the recently formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days' annual leave,10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a work place nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

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

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 and Interview Criteria


  • educated to degree level or equivalent in a scientific or computing discipline (S)
  • experience of delivering computing services in a production environment (S&I)
  • the ability to plan, negotiate and reach consensus with multiple stakeholders over service interventions (S&I)
  • the ability to work well as a team member or team leader ensuring that the team meets its commitments (S&I)
  • the ability to plan and manage workloads towards the delivery of both common team and personal objectives (S&I)
  • experience of delivering technical project management in a development environment (S&I)
  • an understanding of supporting users and developers of computing systems, responding to problems and developing solutions as required (S&I)
  • good Communication skills (I).


  • experience with performance and exception monitoring tools (S&I)
  • experience working in a public or private cloud environment (S&I)
  • experience working with OpenStack (S&I)
  • experience working in a scientific computing environment (S&I)
  • managing data workflows (S&I).

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.

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