Linux Systems Administrator

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

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 seeking an experienced Systems Administrator to join the Systems Infrastructure team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. This position is in the Compute team which is responsible for EBI's central computing services.

You will be responsible for EBI's central computing services including HPC clusters and job scheduling. These responsibilities include user support, troubleshooting, and both hardware and service maintenance and update, in order to keep the infrastructure at the highest levels of use and performance.

We maintain clusters totalling 700 nodes which are used for production services and by several hundred developers and researchers. Additionally, EBI manages more than 200 PB of scientific data, which are mounted from different storage systems using multiple technologies such as NFS, GPFS, and Lustre.

There will also be the opportunity to get involved in projects that offer opportunities to learn new skills.

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 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. Our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience
You will have a degree in Computer Science or have equivalent work experience and the ability to work effectively in English. In addition you are required to have:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (or other Linux) administration experience
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Desire to learn and keep up with technology advances

Any experience of the following is considered advantageous:

  • IBM Platform LSF or SLURM batch processing
  • Automated host provisioning (RH satellite, foreman/katello)
  • Configuration management (puppet, ansible)
  • Python/Perl/Shell scripting
  • Containerization technologies (Singularity, Docker)
  • High performance filesystem client management (GPFS, Lustre)
  • Hadoop administration

Personal organisation, time management, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

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