STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251969
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £34459
Date Posted 21 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 05 January 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £30,782 - £34,459 per annum (dependent upon experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 28 hours per week)
Closing Date: Sunday 5th January 2020

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 GridPP Tier1 service, the DAFNI UK Infrastructure modelling platform,  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 multiple vacancies for highly motivated Linux Systems Administrators to join the team that manages the extensive computing infrastructure that supports the large science projects as well as general purpose computing resources used by the SCD.

The current infrastructure includes 40000+ CPU cores, 70PB+ 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 scientific computing resources ensuring services run smoothly and meet their operational commitments
  • Investigating and resolving operational problems and incidents affecting systems in a timely manner
  • Installation of new hardware and services as well as the decommissioning of hardware no longer required
  • Investigating, recommending and deploying new technologies and infrastructure to address evolving computing requirements.

Technical Skills Required

  • Experience in the use and administration of Linux systems, ideally in large scale deployments
  • Experience of working in IT support roles preferably in an environment delivering high levels of availability
  • Knowledge of computer hardware, its specification, performance and fault handling
  • Ability to diagnose system faults and analyse problems
  • Ideally additional experience in at least one of:
    • NAS, SAN or Direct Attached Storage systems
    • Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
    • Server Virtualisation, Containers and/or Cloud computing systems
    • System provisioning and configuration management systems such as Puppet, Chef, Quattor
    • Performance and exception monitoring tools such as Icinga/ELK/InfluxDB/Grafana.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Understanding how to work well within a team and how to ensure that the team meets its commitments
  • 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 work within a noisy datacentre environment (ear defenders are mandatory) which also contains rapid-flashing LEDs
  • Be able to undertake manual handling of equipment (specialist server lifting equipment provided)
  • Be able take a routine share in an on-call work system providing out of hours cover (allowance and overtime payments provided)
  • Be able to undertake occasional UK and Overseas travel (usually 1-3 days, but up to 1 week).

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 in a scientific or computing discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience with the use and administration of Linux Operating systems
  • Knowledge of computer hardware, its specification, performance and fault handling
  • Good written communication as demonstrated by the quality of the CV and application covering letter.

Desirable:

  • Experience of performing an IT support role managing and answering user queries
  • Experience of working in a large scale IT environment delivering high levels of availability
  • Experience of differing elements of a scientific computing infrastructure such as the various components required for computation, storage, networking and system integration.

Interview Criteria

Essential:

  • Experience with the use and administration of Linux Operating systems
  • Knowledge of computer hardware, its specification, performance and fault handling
  • Good verbal communication skills including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively
  • Ability to diagnose system faults and analyse problems
  • Knowledge and experience of how to work in a team delivering objectives on time
  • Able to take a routine share in an on-call work system providing out of hours cover (allowance and overtime payments provided).

Desirable:

  • Experience of performing an IT support role managing and answering user queries
  • Experience of working in a large scale IT environment delivering high levels of availability
  • Experience of differing elements of a scientific computing infrastructure such as the various components required for computation, storage, networking and system integration
  • Able to undertake occasional UK and Overseas travel.

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 aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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.

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