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(Assistant) Windows Computer Systems Administrator

Diamond Light Source

Location: Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
Salary: £26,399 - £31,058 or £33,963 - £39,955
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th January 2022
Closes: 6th February 2022
Job Ref: 10713

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £26,399 - £31,058 or £33,963 - £39,955

Full time / Flexible hours considered.

Reference: 10713

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research. 

About the Role

We now have an excellent opportunity for a talented Windows Computer Systems Administrator or Assistant Systems Administrator to join the Diamond Scientific Computing team and make a real contribution to cutting edge science by providing computing support to the Diamond Electron Microscopy (EM) activities.

EM systems are a mixture of primarily Microsoft, but also Linux and some specialised technologies. Due to an expansion of EM activity this new opportunity requires somebody with skills that can cut across the technologies used by EM and similar instruments, providing an opportunity to learn and integrate new technologies such as low latency network fabrics and novel storage solutions.

The Scientific Computing Team is responsible for all the science-enabling computing that our researchers require to get the best results as quickly as possible. You will pitch in with any challenges that come our way, there is no limit to what you can learn. Innovation and creativity are encouraged, as well as a desire to automate as much as practically possible.

At the Senior level you will contribute to the design and development of high-performance computer systems and use your technical experience for system commissioning and preparation of Service Level Agreements.

A flexible approach to work is required with some out of hours working during peak times, along with occasional UK and overseas travel.

Successful applicants will be considered at either Systems Administrator (Grade 5) or Assistant Systems Administrator (Grade 6) level, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

The role is based on-site at Diamond in Oxfordshire with no pre-agreed home working arrangement.

About You

For the senior role we will be looking for a candidate who has in-depth knowledge and experience of computer and operating systems, scripting, and project work and be educated to degree level or with equivalent experience.

You will demonstrate knowledge / experience of:

  • MS and Linux operating systems and their administration
  • Basic computer hardware
  • Basic network applications, and how they work
  • Basic electrical systems
  • The remote administration of computer infrastructure
  • Networking protocols and network implementation

You will also be expected to have good communication and presentation skills.

Benefits

Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities.

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