DevOps Engineer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Contract Duration: 3 years initially (renewable)
Grading: 5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 or £2,855 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here

Job Description
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated DevOps Engineer to work at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK to join the Software Development and Operations (SDO) team in the Technical Services Cluster. This team of 16 Software Engineers and DevOps Engineers works on internal and external projects bringing new technology into the EMBL-EBI to improve the service provided to internal and external users. The Technical Services Cluster provides the IT infrastructure for the 600 developers, bioinformaticians and researchers at EMBL-EBI.

Within a larger team of DevOps engineers, you will be responsible for building environments for:

  • Support of file transfer services including GridFTP, Aspera, Globus, FTP, HTTP and rsync.
  • A Continuous Integration and Deployment environment for our public web services to build and deploy cloud portable applications.
  • Deploying, integrating and operating a scalable and resilient web service hosting environment for our public services in collaboration with other teams within TSC.
  • Maintenance of Gold Standard images used by staff and collaborators to build images in multiple cloud environments for our internal OpenStack cloud (6000+ cores) and public clouds (e.g. Google, Amazon & Azure).
  • Maintenance and operation of externally developed software as required.

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 23 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience
You will have a Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science or a related discipline, or have equivalent experience. The role would be suitable for a motivated software engineering graduate who has Unix/Linux systems administration experience or a more experienced Unix/Linux systems administrator with some software engineering background.

As the role will involve liaising with different groups and users, it is essential that you have excellent communication, both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills in the English language. You should be able to pay attention to detail, demonstrate solid problem solving skills and have an experience and ability of working to deadlines. You will also demonstrate innovation and a willingness to take on new challenges.

You will have ideally three years experience in a similar role, including successful deployment and maintenance of core services. In addition, you will have demonstrated experience of working 'full stack', integrating multiple open source tools to deploy web applications or other services in an academic or commercial setting. Experience in operating and resolving problems in open-source software and contributing development fixes back to the community would be a distinct advantage.

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