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Senior Data Storage Engineer

NBI Partnership

The Norwich Bioscience Institutes Partnership (NBIP) has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Data Storage Engineer to join their busy Research Computing department.


The Norwich Bioscience Institutes are a cluster of internationally renowned research organisations, working to tackle major challenges of the 21st Century – the sustainability of our environment, our food supplies and healthy ageing. 

The NBI Partnership provides high quality, non-scientific support services for the diverse community of staff, students and visiting workers at the Institutes (the Earlham Institute, John Innes Centre, Sainsbury Laboratory and Quadram Institute) and for the NBI Partnership.

Based on the Norwich Research Park amongst 230 hectares of parkland, you will be joining a committed, professional and welcoming team. In addition, you will enjoy a competitive salary and annual leave, our defined contribution pension scheme, excellent recreational facilities and a range of other employee benefits.

The Research Computing team are responsible for managing the core research computing infrastructure for the NBI Partnership. The Research Computing department provides a fast paced and exciting environment in which to experience the rapid growth and development of computational techniques that underpin modern science.

The role:

The Senior Data Storage Engineer will develop and implement the necessary technical solutions to meet the data intensive requirements that enable and support the world class research of the NBI.

Reporting to the Research Infrastructure Manager, the post-holder will also contribute to the strategic planning of Research Computing services and lead on associated data storage implementation work. This is a leadership role that requires direct engagement with research groups, vendors and other technical experts. The successful applicant will help shape the Research Computing team to be the enabling enterprise partner that the NBI researchers need.

As the Senior Data Storage Engineer, you will act as second- or third-line support for incidents, problems and changes to solutions and services. In this role you will develop the following skills:

  • Providing specialist technical support and expertise to research projects ensuring delivery of non-functional requirements and continual service improvement.
  • Assurance of data storage operations, solutions and services - physical or virtual - according to industry and organisational best practices standards, service requirements and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) throughout the product life cycling.
  • Coaching and mentoring junior team members, and assisting in the provision of first-class data storage services and consistent levels of capability as required by the organisation.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should possess a bachelor honours degree in computer science, or other computing subject. Proven scripting skills (e.g. Bash, Python or Perl) and high-level programming ability (e.g. Fortran or C++) are both essential. Candidates should also have recent experience of Linux system administration and storage solutions (e.g. Dell Isilon, ECS Object Store) and an enthusiastic and proactive approach to their work. Candidates should be open and interested in technological innovation and be motivated to work in and help to shape a first-class engineering culture. The mission of the Research Computing team is to be the go-to enterprise partner for any NBI researcher who needs a scalable, agile, intelligent solution for their science.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £41,193 to £50,448 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post offered on an indefinite basis.

Applicants must submit completed NBI application form or CV plus personal statement to apply.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004120.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK as we do not hold a Sponsorship Licence.

The NBI Partnership is an equal opportunities and disability confident employer. We are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining the best talent, and welcome all applications.

Location: Norwich
Salary: £41,193 to £50,448 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021
Job Ref: 1004120
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