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Linux System Analyst

University of Sussex - School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Location: Falmer
Salary: £40,199 to £46,609 per annum with options for discretionary increases possible thereafter
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th February 2019
Closes: 14th March 2019
Job Ref: 0365

Hours: Full-time or part-time hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours per week. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).

Expected Interview date: Late March 2019 TBC

Expected start date: As soon as possible

Applications are invited for a Linux System Analyst position in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the University of Sussex. The post, which is permanent and full time, is primarily to support the Experimental Particle Physics (EPP) group in the Physics & Astronomy department, and other research groups in the Mathematics and Physics departments at Sussex as necessary.

The Sussex HPC cluster currently has 115 QDR Infiniband connected nodes and 3400 cores, 600TB of Lustre parallel file storage and over 300TB of NFS storage. It is managed by Bright Cluster Manager and uses the Univa Grid Engine batch scheduler. This resource is jointly managed by MPS system administrators and IT Services.

Under the leadership of the EPP group, Sussex is fully integrated within the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG), and a certified GridPP Tier-2 site (part of the SouthGrid branch of GridPP), supporting the ATLAS Virtual Organization (VO) amongst others.

Sussex also maintains a Tier-3 Linux cluster, mainly for the use of the EPP group. In Mathematics, thanks to a long-standing tradition as well as newly hired members of staff, the computational and applied mathematics groups employ important research-oriented software, mostly Linux/Unix-based, in the development and application of computational models.

The new system analyst will be responsible for the successful operation of existing research computing facilities, as well as for the purchasing, installation, integration, and maintenance of new resources that may be acquired over time for research use.

The successful candidate will research and identify optimal solutions for the relevant computing systems by liaising with user research groups in MPS, with other technical personnel within the School and the Sussex IT Services (ITS), as well as with computing and Grid experts from collaborating institutes.

The new system analyst will also support the day-to-day running of the core computing services of the user research groups, including workstations and their peripherals, and contribute actively to the long-term development of the computing strategy of MPS.

Informal enquiries about this post may be addressed to Dr Fabrizio Salvatore (

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page

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