Linux Systems Administrator – High Performance Computing (HPC)

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary science research organisations, the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research happen. 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.

STFC’s Hartree Centre is the UKs foremost High Performance Computing (HPC) and Data Analytics Technology centre. Through multi-million pound government backing, and the world’s most talented researchers, engineers and software developers, we provide an outcome-based collaborative R&D service that enables UK industry and academia to develop better products, services and processes.

About The Role

We now have an opportunity for a talented Systems Administrator with an interest in HPC to join the Hartree Platforms and Infrastructure Group to assist in managing our complex suite of hardware and software. This role will provide an excellent opportunity to further develop skills in HPC, Linux system administration, virtualisation, large storage systems and hardware support.

The Hartree Centre owns and operates a variety of complex HPC systems, which require skilled administrators to manage them and ensure they are available for use.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Delivering professional, customer-focused, Level 2 support to users of Hartree Centre services
  • Performing routine system administration tasks such as monitoring, tuning, hardware fault detection and resolution
  • Implementing configuration changes
  • Identifying and implementing areas for process or operational improvement
  • Creating and maintaining accurate and complete documentation of procedures and configurations
  • Developing and maintaining user documentation
  • Undertaking project work, ensuring it is delivered to specification, within budget and on time.

You will be required to undergo National Security Vetting to SC (Security Check) Level prior to commencing employment. One of the requirements to pass is that you have been living in the UK for a minimum of five years.

You will be expected to provide out-of-hours on call cover (on a shared rota basis).  Occasional UK and Overseas travel may be required.

About You

You will have a degree in a scientific or technical subject or demonstrate equivalent relevant experience. An ITIL Foundation or Practitioner accreditation or PRINCE2 Practitioner accreditation is desirable but not essential.

You will be an experienced Systems Administrator, with knowledge of computer hardware, expertise in UNIX/Linux, and the ability to diagnose system faults and analyse problems. You will also have an understanding of Information Security principles and best practice.

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, along with strong organisational, time management and problem solving skills.


An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexi-time are offered. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable. Please visit the STFC careers page for more information

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at

The closing date for applications is 1st October 2017; however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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