Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248855
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 20 March 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 May 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £33,459 (dependent on skills and experience)                       
Band: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full time (flexible hours will be considered)
Closing Date: 31st May 2019 however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an on-going basis until this vacancy is filled.

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology. STFC is now part of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which aims to ensure that the UK maintains our world-leading research and innovation position.

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links. Full details of the benefits on offer can be found on the STFC website.

About the role

The Technology Computing Support Group is responsible for developing and supporting the computing infrastructure for Technology at our Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site. The technology includes around 700 systems including Linux workstations, PCs (MS Windows, MacOS), laptops, servers (Solaris, Linux and MS Windows) and storage arrays, all tailored to the specific requirements of the applications and technical equipment and the Departmental intranet providing access to a wide range of Electronic and Mechanical CAD tools, office applications and site computing facilities.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join the Technology Computing Support Group as a Linux System Administrator. Responsibilities will include:

  • supporting the Linux infrastructure within Technology at RAL
  • installing and configuring Linux Systems
  • sourcing Linux hardware for both in-house use and for international collaborations
  • providing Linux user support
  • taking an active role on the IT Service desk
  • general IT support work across all platforms.

The role includes opportunities for training.

All systems maintenance is performed following Laboratory computing policies and working within the Department’s ISO9001 certified quality system. The post involves some lifting and the movement of hardware around the Department, which is distributed across a campus-style site.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have demonstrable experience of  IT Systems running Unix. Ideally this will be RedHat Linux but other operating systems such as CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Solaris are also considered. We are looking for a self-motivated and customer focused individual who enjoys being an active member of a small yet busy team. You should enjoy working on various cross-functional assignments and seek to identify and implement continuous improvement.

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 Criteria


  • demonstrable experience of installing, running and supporting Unix/Linux machines
  • previous experience in a outwards facing IT support role.


  • up to date experience of RedHat (or clone) distributions
  • experience of installing and supporting Unix/Linux systems in a large multi-OS environment
  • experience of application configuration, programming and/or scripting
  • experience of Operating Systems (MS Windows, Linux).

Interview Criteria


  • good knowledge and experience of running and supporting Unix/Linux machines
  • demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks, especially when faced with a large number of support calls, tasks, etc.
  • good interpersonal skills, particularly in customer relationship management and communication with staff of varying degrees of IT capability
  • a positive attitude to taking on new and challenging IT tasks
  • be willing to learn new IT skills
  • be self-motivated to find solutions
  • have confidence to act independently and decisively, including being able to judge when to refer elsewhere for advice.


  • up to date experience of RedHat (or clone) distributions
  • experience of installing and supporting Unix/Linux systems in a large multi-OS environment
  • experience of application configuration, programming and/or scripting
  • experience of an electronic helpdesk system
  • experience of Operating Systems (MS Windows, Linux).

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.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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:

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 31st May 2019, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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