STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC244296
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30056 - £33670
Date Posted 09 February 2018
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 March 2018
Interview Date



Salary: £30,056 to £33,670 (depending on experience and includes annual allowance)
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 9th March 2018
Interview Date: TBC

About us:

The 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.

The Data Services Group, within SCD, runs multi-petabyte data stores to support large scale facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and the Diamond Light Source synchrotron in the UK.

About the role:

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.  These services include Ceph clusters that provide storage for LHC data and the STFC cloud service. You will work in collaboration with system administrators, developers, local users, remote researchers and hardware vendors. You will have opportunities to learn new skills and get involved in new technologies including training in Ceph storage administration. 

In addition to the support of these services, there are opportunities to work with other "big data" projects and to participate in research into scientific data management.

List of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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 by the Data Services Group 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. Nagios, 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, Java
    • experience working in a 24/7 production environment
    • experience working in scientific computing fields or with ‘Grid’ infrastructure.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • good communication skills
  • good organisational skills
  • an analytical approach to problem solving.

Contacts and Communication:

  • interact with the other members of the storage team on a daily basis
  • liaise with CERN and the wider HEP community for development of storage services
  • liaise with the CERN and facilities experiments and users to coordinate their testing of pre-production releases
  • liaise with middleware developers to help identify bugs and configuration problems affecting the storage services.

Any other Relevant Information:

  • you must be able to take a reasonable share of the team’s on-call responsibilities. Many services are supported 24/7. This can be done remotely
  • you must be able to travel within the UK and abroad, e.g. to CERN, usually for 1-3 days, but up to 1 week.

Shortlisting Criteria:

Essential:

  • experience managing Linux systems.

Special Requirements:

  • you must be able to take a reasonable share of the team’s on-call responsibilities
  • you must be able to travel within the UK and abroad, e.g. to CERN, usually for 1-3 days, but up to 1 week.

 Additional experience in at least two of the following areas:

  • performance and exception monitoring tools, e.g. Nagios, 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, Java
  • experience working in a 24/7 production environment
  • experience working in scientific computing fields or with ‘Grid’ infrastructure.

Interview Criteria:

Essential:

  • experience managing Linux systems.

Personal skills/qualities:

  • good communication skills
  • good organisational skills
  • an analytic and systematic approach to problem solving.

Special Requirements:

  • you must be able to take a reasonable share of the team’s on-call responsibilities
  • you must be able to travel within the UK and abroad, e.g. to CERN, usually for 1-3 days, but up to 1 week.

Desirable:

At least two of the following:

  • experience with performance and exception monitoring tools, e.g. Nagios, Ganglia, Elastic Stack
  • experience with server build and configuration management systems, e.g. Puppet, Chef, Quattor
  • experience with large-scale data storage technologies, e.g. Ceph
  • experience with shell scripting and/or another programming language such as Python, Go, Java
  • experience working in a 24/7 production environment
  • experience working in scientific computing fields or with ‘Grid’ infrastructure
  • degree in a scientific or computing discipline.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (http://www.stfccareers.co.uk).

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online http://www.ukri.org/.

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 file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 9th March 2018, however, applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is to be confirmed.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.