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Scientific IT Systems Administrator

Centre for Genomic Regulation - Scientific Information Technologies (SIT)

Location: Barcelona - Spain
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th November 2019
Closes: 7th January 2020

About us

The Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) is one of the largest Genome Sequencing Centres in Europe. CNAG-CRG researchers participate in major International Genomic Initiatives such as the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC), the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC), the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) and the European Infrastructure for life-science information (ELIXIR), as well as in several EU-funded projects. 

The role

CNAG-CRG is seeking an experienced Linux Systems Administrator to join the Scientific IT team. The main responsibilities of the candidate will be to manage and improve our computational resources based around a linux compute cluster using slurm, lustre storage and an infiniband interconnect. Proactive involvement in day-to-day operations and troubleshooting are a large part of the remit.

Core accountabilities:

  • Develop effective relationships with, and a sound understanding of the needs of users to ensure that the IT infrastructure resource is effectively deployed to meet their scientific priorities
  • To develop and maintain effective monitoring and alerting solutions to ensure the reliability and health of the systems.
  • To investigate, analyse and solve issues with the systems as they arise, co-ordinating and collaborating with users and other team members to define, develop and implement effective solutions.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to the community within the Institute enabling other team members and users to work more independently and productively.
  • Discover, study and understand new technologies to assess their potential for developing the infrastructure in support of both IT and scientific strategies at the institute.
  • Define, design, source, develop or redevelop the most appropriate (scaleable, flexible) and cost effective hardware/software solutions to meet the needs of specific scientific user groups.
  • Contributing to documentation of the systems and to documentation for procurement of IT equipment required under public tender rules.
  • Project manage the development and introduction of specific solutions ensuring that user needs are fully identified and met within agreed timelines and that appropriate skills transference and training takes place
  • Build and develop relationships and collaborations with external organisations and suppliers to exchange technical expertise and awareness of new developments.

About the team

The Scientific IT Team currently comprises of 3 engineers and the Head of SIT. The team manages around 10PB of scientific data and Linux clusters of around 5000 cores in total. SIT provides support to researchers on site, and works closely with the CNAG-CRG labs to address their computational needs and build custom solutions. Most of the data is stored in Isilon and Lustre and is backed up by a large Tape Library. As well as maintaining and managing the existing systems we carry out research and development of new systems and approaches.

The most important mission of the team is to ensure that the scientists have access to high quality and reliable storage and compute resources and that we provide expert professional support to allow them to use the resources to their maximal potential. 


  • You have experience in systems administration
  • You have ability to design and implement appropriate IT and networking architectures.
  • You have ability to effectively explain technical issues to non-technical users
  • You have ability to provide a high quality customer-focused IT consultancy service
  • You have significant track record in scripting languages
  • You have intimate knowledge of Linux-based operating systems, libraries, and tools.
  • You have basic familiarity with statistics 
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