Research Systems Administrator / Senior Research Systems Administrator

University of Birmingham - IT Services

Senior Research Systems Administrator salary is in the range £39,324 to £52,793 a year.

Research Systems Administrator salary is in the range £29,301 to £40,523 a year.

Advanced computer and data intensive systems, including HPC and Private Cloud are central to Birmingham’s research drive and serve both traditional needs for modelling, analysis, simulation and visualisation and emerging research techniques e.g. machine learning as well as academic disciplines not generally associated with powerful computing demands.

As part of the current recruitment round and institutional investment in technology, we are looking for a Research Systems Administrator to join the group responsible for our research computing architecture, infrastructure and systems.

You will be serving a community of highly motivated individuals across the full range of academic disciplines, enhancing or even transforming their capacity to apply compute power to their research by supporting our advanced computing systems.

Alongside a meticulous and systematic approach to systems administration, you will be a team player who has the foundation skills and the desire to learn and build expertise.  You will undoubtedly be set new challenges and be supported to grow as you meet them.

The post holder is responsible for:

  • Maintenance, support and development of one or more complex computer systems/HPC clusters (including within an Openstack environment).
  • Ensuring the efficient inter-operation of BEAR with core IT Services’ services and standards such as Identity Management and for Security.
  • Informing and supporting outreach activity to enable exploitation of BEAR by a broader, and potentially non-traditional, user-base

Candidates will have:

  • Formal education to degree level in a computer science related subject or equivalent experience.
  • Specific expertise and experience as a Linux systems administrator.
  • Knowledge of the technologies used in High Performance Computing is essential. (Experience as the Linux system administrator of an HPC facility would be a distinct advantage).
  • Experience of provisioning, configuration, scheduling and resource management tools such as xCAT, SaltStack,Torque and Moab or Slurm is essential.

Applicants will be appointed to a position commensurate with their qualifications and experience. Candidates appointed to the lower graded position will have a clear development path to take to the Senior role, at which point they will be regraded.

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