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HPC & Research Data Systems Engineer

The Francis Crick Institute

Location: London
Salary: From £45,000 with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th December 2021
Expires: 6th February 2022
Job Ref: R361
 

Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Short summary

As an HPC & Research Data Systems Engineer you will provide user support and assist in the design, implementation, development, and service delivery of the institute’s HPC, Cloud, and Research Data Storage and Management hardware and software through a mix of on-premise systems and cloud services.

This role is part of the Research Computing Platforms/HPC team within the Scientific Computing core facility (Science Technology Platform/STP), which supports the Crick’s research community and works closely with Research Labs, other STPs and IT.

The Crick has powerful CPU and GPU HPC clusters and an 11 Petabyte Spectrum Scale high performance storage system (due to be replaced in 2022). In future, we expect to have an evolving hybrid of on-site and Cloud systems to support our research.

Key Responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • User Support:
    • Help researchers make effective use of HPC and data storage systems by responding to support queries, providing advice, training and documentation.
    • Deploy Linux and Windows scientific applications on HPC platforms. 
  • Systems Administrator:
    • Monitor health, security and performance of systems software/hardware and scientific applications, working actively with vendors and members of the enterprise IT team to troubleshoot and quickly restore services when required.
    • Create reports for presentation to management, governance groups and other key stakeholders regarding key research computing services managed by the Crick. 
  • Systems Engineering:
    • Assist in the deployment of proof-of-concept systems and services to meet evolving scientific requirements.
    • Develop in-depth knowledge and skills to deliver new technologies for research, as well as data management and processing techniques and best practice.

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy. 

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