Computer Officer

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is seeking an experienced Computer Officer to take up appointment at the earliest opportunity.

The successful applicant will join a highly motivated team responsible for all aspects of the Department's computing needs. Key responsibilities include taking a technical lead for multiple projects that currently include: developing a new application to process examination marks; upgrading existing departmental file services and investigate the exploitation of new centrally provided file services. General duties cover: the day to day coordination of IT support activities for 800 users including the installation and maintenance of office hardware and software (Windows and Macintosh); managing many of the Department's infrastructure services (running on Linux); offering technical and project consultancy.

Applicants should be educated to at least degree level (ideally a PhD) in a numerate subject (or equivalent qualification) with a proven ability in managing computer infrastructure for desktops (Windows, OSX, Linux), network protocols (TCP/IP, Freeradius, Apache with associated web management services, and Firewall management), and servers (Linux, primarily Debian/Ubuntu). In addition, the candidate must be able to demonstrate a good blend of technical, influencing and interpersonal skills. The post holder must be able to communicate effectively with department colleagues who have a wide range of technical abilities. The chosen candidate will be expected to provide technical leadership and take accountability for the delivery of projects, and they will also be expected to play a full role as part of a successful team maintaining and building new IT services for the Department of Chemistry.

The position is available immediately, and appointment is subject to a probationary period of nine months.

Informal enquiries about the role can be made to Dr Timothy Dickens (tel: 01223 763811; email:

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications should include a CV, and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Interviews will most likely be held in the week commencing 16 January 2017.

Please quote reference MA10778 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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