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Research Computing Administrator

University of Oxford - Big Data Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery

Location: Oxford
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 per annum
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th June 2019
Closes: 12th July 2019
Job Ref: 141188

Big Data Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery, Old Road Campus, Oxford

Grade 8: £40,792- £48,677 with a discretionary range to £53,174 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Computing Administrator to join the Big Data Institute (BDI) and play a key role in giving Oxford’s biomedical researchers access to the latest platforms for data-intensive research at scale.

Working under the direction of the BDI Research Computing Manager, the postholder will play a full role in developing, implementing and managing the research computing for the BDI, including current on-site facilities and future off-site expansion. You will work closely with research groups and those responsible for data governance to help understand their needs and to deliver scalable solutions that enable computer-intensive research while enforcing appropriate standards of security and access control. You will also lead the delivery of our training efforts to welcome users on to our platforms. Two key directions for the BDI over the next couple of years are the growth of our OpenStack cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) platforms for biomedical research.

You will have a degree in a relevant subject and/or a significant background in computing or Linux/Unix computer administration as well as a knowledge of relevant scripting languages such as bash, perl and Python. While the ideal candidate will have significant experience of managing Linux compute platforms at scale, we would encourage applications from anyone with a strong background in Linux and a passion to learn. The role may also suit someone with significant computing experience in research background who would consider research computing as a direction for developing their research career.

If you wish to discuss this vacancy informally and possibly tour the facilities, please contact Dr Robert Esnouf ( directly.

Whilst the role is a Grade 8 position, we are willing to consider candidates with potential but who have less experience and are seeking a development opportunity, for which an initial appointment would be at Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609 p.a.) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly. This would be discussed with applicants at interview/appointment where appropriate.

This full-time position is fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance, but part-time and flexible hours may be considered (pro-rata).

Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below. Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

The closing date for this post will be 12.00 noon on Friday 12 July 2019.

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