Linux System Administrator – opportunity to train in Ceph Storage Administration

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary 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 Scientific Computing Department develops leading edge software, computer and data storage infrastructures to support the work of world class science both within STFC and internationally.

About The Role

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) has a vacancy for a talented and motivated individual to join the Data Services Group. 

As a Linux System Administrator, you will be responsible for our storage solutions, including Ceph clusters providing storage for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data and the department’s cloud infrastructure. You will have plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and get involved in new technologies including training in Ceph storage administration. 

You will be able to demonstrate good communication skills, good organisational skills and an analytical approach to problem solving.  You will need to provide a share of on call support (services can be supported remotely) and undertake some travel in the UK and overseas, e.g. to CERN.

In addition to the support of services, there are opportunities to work with other "big data" projects and to participate in research in scientific data management.

The post is based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

About You

If you have the skills below then we would love to hear from you:

  • experience in the management of Linux (ideally RHEL/SL/CENTOS ) machines, ideally in a production environment
  • at least two of the following:
    • experience using performance and exception monitoring tools, e.g. Nagios, Ganglia, Elastic Stack
    • understanding of server build and configuration management systems, e.g. Puppet, Chef, Quattor
    • knowledge of large-scale data storage technologies, e.g. Ceph
    • experience with shell scripting and/or another programming language such as Python, Go, Java
    • experience working in a 24/7 production environment
    • previous experience working in scientific computing fields or with ‘Grid’ infrastructure
    • a degree in a scientific or computing discipline.


An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, a gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter and CV outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

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