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Senior Systems Administrator (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,261 to £48,677
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st September 2018
Closes: 21st October 2018
Job Ref: PS16829

The Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI) is a world-leading centre for stem cell research with the mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem cell biology.  The CSCI spans three University Schools (Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Physical Sciences) and heads an Interdisciplinary Research Centre involving two additional Schools (Schools of Technology and Humanities and Social Sciences). More details can be found here: CSCI is due to move to the brand new, state of the art Capella building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in early 2019. There we will be joined by the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID) and the Milner Therapeutics Institute. It is intended that the IT support for the building will be run in house by a small cross departmental team who will provide IT support for Capella as a whole.

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Systems Administrator to lead the Capella computing facility. You will plan and run computing infrastructure and manage a small team to provide a comprehensive support service for up to ~600 research and administrative staff. The post holder will be required to build out the IT service in Capella. This will involve close working with several members of the Clinical School Computing Service. The successful candidate will require excellent communication skills.

Candidates should be proficient working in a heterogeneous environment consisting of a Windows and Linux server environment, HP/Mellanox networking and Netapp/Spectra Logic storage. The role holder will provide first line infrastructure (server, network, security, backup) support and specialist desktop support (Unix).

Proficiency with a scripting language (e.g. Perl/Python) and server orchestration (Ansible, Puppet) as well as Linux system administration tools (Nagios, Ganglia) is essential, as is the ability to plan and manage budgets, tender for infrastructure and write policies for both data retention and security. Familiarity with data analysis tools (R, Matlab), bioinformatics and/or a life sciences experience would be an advantage.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2022 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date is 21 October 2018, with interviews to be confirmed.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

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