STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC254437
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £31305 - £35028
Date Posted 27 July 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 August 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £31,205 to £35,028 per annum, pro rata if part time (Depending on skills and experience and inclusive of  annual allowance)                       
Band: UKRI-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended (permanent)
Hours: Full time/Part time (minimum 25 hours per week).
Closing Date: 30th August 2020
Interview Date : TBC

Whilst we are working remotely at the current time, this role will usually be based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell, Oxfordshire. Whilst we can be flexible with home working you will be required to report to the office when required.

 

 

About STFC

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations, the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research happen. Consequently we are committed to developing our staff, and training will be provided in relevant areas. We work with the very latest technologies to drive advances in both hardware and software that have genuine real world applications. Whether it is the search for the Higgs Boson and dark matter, analysing climate data or genomics, our systems tackle the biggest and most challenging problems in scientific computing.

About the role

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) develops and manages the scientific computing infrastructure used to provide an extensive range of national and international science projects including the GridPP Tier1 computing facility for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project based at CERN, the JASMIN super data cluster for environmental science, STFC’s central HPC cluster, a large in-house OpenStack cloud as well as computing support for STFC facilities such as the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, the Central Laser Facility and the Diamond Light Source.

The Data Services Group, within SCD, runs multi-petabyte datastores to support these large scale facilities.  The group currently has a vacancy for a highly motivated Linux System Administrator to join the team that manages data storage and data transfer services.  The successful candidate will work in collaboration with system administrators, developers, local users, remote researchers, and hardware vendors.   They will have opportunities to learn new skills and get involved in new technologies.

The post is based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
Key parts of the role will be to:
  • 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 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, 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. Icinga, 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
  • Experience working in a 24/7 production environment
  • Database systems knowledge and experience (SQL).

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • Good communication skills both verbal and written
  • The ability to diagnose system faults and analyse problems
  • The ability to work as a team member delivering commitments on time
  • The ability to work independently.

Any other Relevant Information

  • Able to undertake occasional UK and Overseas travel (usually 1-3 days, but up to 1 week) at conferences, meetings at CERN etc.
  • Able to take a routine share in an on-call work 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 (S) and Interview Criteria (I)

Essential:

  • Experience in Linux System Administration procedures and practice  (S&I)
  • Good written communication as demonstrated by the quality of the CV and application covering letter (S)
  • Ability to diagnose system faults and analyse problems (I)
  • Ability to work as a team member delivering commitments on time (I)
  • Ability to work independently (I)
  • Good communication skills. (I)

Additional experience in at least two of the following areas:

  • Performance and exception monitoring tools, e.g. Icinga, Ganglia, the Elastic stack (S&I)
  • Server builds and configuration management systems, e.g. Puppet, Chef, Quattor (S&I)
  • Large-scale data storage technologies, e.g. Ceph (S&I)
  • Shell scripting and/or another programming language, e.g. Python, Go, Java (S&I)
  • Experience working in a 24/7 production environment (S&I)
  • Database systems knowledge and experience (SQL) (S&I)
  • Degree in a scientific or computing discipline or equivalent. (S)

Special Requirements:

  • Able to undertake occasional UK and Overseas travel (usually 1-3 days, but up to 1 week)
  • Able to take a routine share in an on-call work system providing out of hours cover (allowance and overtime payments provided).

 

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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