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Research Platforms Systems Administrator

University of Sheffield - IT Services

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £32,344 to £40,927 per annum, with potential to progress to £44,706 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 21st October 2021
Job Ref: UOS030401

Location: Remote working initially and then main campus.  Flexible longer-term remote working options are considered

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University?

Be part of an innovative and influential University department delivering excellent IT and business services to a leading Russell Group institution. With a reputation for engaging staff and students in partnership to deliver services, for three years running UK students have voted us best for IT support. We are committed to delivering and supporting excellent customer focussed services and to do this we need to recruit the best staff, invested in higher education and dedicated to supporting sector leading learning, teaching and research – and that’s why we need you…

We have an exciting opportunity in our department for someone with a passion for supporting research computing looking to use their skills in systems administration to make an impact on the provision of platforms to support research activities at the University.

We have ambitious plans to significantly expand the range of services we provide to researchers. You will have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects such as:

  • Implementing a Secure Data Hub to provide researchers with a secure environment for processing sensitive datasets
  • Providing a platform to support Electronic Lab notebooks
  • Developing platforms to better support data sharing with external partners and collaborators
  • Help develop a platform to support container-based research workflows
  • Improve our research data storage platforms to provide object storage and archiving capabilities
  • Develop platforms to support data intensive workload such as Hadoop/Apache Spark
  • Improve support for the use of cloud resources by researchers
  • Significantly increase the capabilities of our High Performance Computing clusters

Working in our team means you get to:

  • Work in a large and diverse server estate (2000+ physical and virtual instances) running Linux and Windows OS
  • Learn about High Performance Computing - no experience required
  • Have the opportunity to learn about cloud and containerisation/serverless technologies
  • Use Puppet, Foreman, Git, Nagios, Grafana, Influxdb, Splunk and other technologies to manage and maintain our services
  • Work on designing resilient and reliable services and products used by large numbers of researchers
  • Take time to learn new technologies from knowledgeable team members, and have a chance to try out and evaluate new technologies as they emerge
  • Work on a mixture of development and operational tasks
  • Bring your own experience and expertise to change and improve the work of the department

We strongly encourage you to apply if you have a strong background in developing resilient, robust and secure platforms and interest in supporting research activities.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

To find out what makes the University of Sheffield a remarkable place to work, watch this short film:, and follow @sheffielduni and @ShefUniJobs on Twitter for more information.

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